November 6, 2017

Creative Strings Workshop- Europe (Feb 14-16, 2020)

Improvisation and Contemporary Styles for Bowed String Players

Presented by Baiju Bhatt, Christian Howes; Featuring Stephan Braun

 

This intensive mini-conference includes masterclasses, group lessons, and chamber-music coaching for performers and teachers on bowed strings seeking professional development. 

Creative Musicianship-improvisation, arranging, composition, internalization (modal, harmonic, rhythmic), contemporary styles, and related subjects.

Teen, adult, professional, amateur, advanced jazz players, beginning jazz players—all welcome.

Why You Don’t Want to Miss This

✓Become creatively self-expressed and develop your musical voice.

✓Internalize harmony on your instrument.

✓Become fluent in contemporary styles so you can jam with musicians outside of classical music.

✓Be able to use amplification and effects.

✓Get gigs and expand career opportunities.

✓Teachers: Gain age-appropriate sequences to share with students.

✓Gain comfort in improvisation, composition, and arranging.  

Schedule:

Friday, February 14th : 10h-18h
Saturday, February 15th : 10h-18h
Sunday, February 16th : 10h-17h
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Ecole de Musique Lausanne (EML) – Site de Ribaupierre
Avenue Georgette 5
1003 Lausanne

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Discovering New Musical Horizons

I had a fantastic time at the Creative Strings Workshop - Switzerland. I've been discovering new musical horizons, listening to great lessons on improvisation by tremendous violinist Christian Howes, having inspiring conversations and music with the other participants, listening to excellent concerts. Simply feeling good and in the right place, judgement-free.

Many thanks to all of you and - of course - to the soul of this experience: thank you Baiju Bhatt for making this happen and for being caring and supportive.

I suggest all my friends and colleagues string players willing to be creative with their instrument "throw away your Galamian" and go to the next Creative Strings Workshop!!!!

Ms Elena Califano Violinist, Teacher

SUPER EARLY BIRD Discounts! Claim Yours Now! 500 CHF 

Note: Creative Strings Workshop does not provide lodging, but can provide recommendations. Please visit the FAQ page to learn more: Frequently Asked Questions – Europe

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Improvisation, Arranging, and Composition

In this session, participants will learn how to create functional melodies over chord progressions through a series of interactive exercises.

Improvisation and composition are demystified as we discover how to construct melodies, bass lines, and accompaniment parts. 

Participants will improvise over chord progressions in a wide variety of styles.

* This session integrates composition, voice leading, arranging, contemporary styles/techniques, and tonal improvisation.

Amplification, Looping, & Effects in the Classroom, Practice Room, & Stage

This session presents an overview of how to use loops and effects as a tool for teaching, practice, and performance. Gain insights into how to create loops and how to go beyond the basics.

Blues as a historical and cultural phenomenon

  • As a literary form
  • As a musical form – harmonically/melodically/rhythmically, in many iterations
  • The practice of combining the major and minor pentatonic and/or blues scales
  • Examining how bass lines and inner voice patterns show up in common iterations of 12 bar blues, and various common rhythmic/dance forms.

Free Improvisation and Non-Tonal Composition

Participants will compose in small groups using “composition games.” During this interactive session you will feel empowered to perform your compositions and apply what you learned in your daily practice or teaching.

Conducted Group Improvisation

Using cue cards and a system of hand signals, Christian teaches and leads conduction of large group improvisation. Engage in call and response, looping, vamps, modal grooves, occasional musical chaos.

Participants can also conduct the ensemble!

Conduction is a popular practice among contemporary ensembles worldwide, including small groups and even orchestras.

Christian’s approach to conduction borrows from a variety of sources and caters to the skill set of classically trained string players.

Modal Approach to Improvisation

  • Advanced and/or intermediate
  • Apply a modal approach as an improviser, arranger, or composer.


Internalizing Harmony on the Violin, Viola, and Cello 

  • Applying harmony on violin, viola, and cello
  • Including voice leading arpeggios, scales, and double stops and triple stops.
  • Internalizing chord progressions via bass line, inner voices, and sequential patterns.  

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Nous continuons de voler sur l'élan des beaux jours passés, vraiment! Enseignement, pratique, concerts a volonté, c'était un cocktail magique... Mes notes et lectures au piano au conservatoire hier et aujourd'hui ont reçu une perspective tout à fait nouvelle maintenant. Extrêmement passionnant tout ça...

Ms Veronika Kuijken Violist, Pianist, Teacher
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Juste un petit mot pour te dire à quel point on a été comblés par ces trois jours exceptionnels, tant du point de vue musical comme de celui humain. Vous avez créé quelque chose d'extraordinaire dont on a tellement besoin! À part la réussite et la qualité du stage, j'aimerais aussi souligner la richesse des rencontres qu'on y a fait: des liens magnifique sont nés en si peux de temps!

Mr Gabor Bartá Violonist, Teacher

Music Business Mastermind Seminar

This session is a seminar based on the program, The Music Biz Mastermind. Christian has used this to help many professional musicians attract more projects, gigs, students, and clients, as detailed in testimonials from graduates HERE.

SUPER EARLY BIRD Discounts for Creative Strings Workshop – Europe! Claim yours TODAY!

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Questions about food, lodging, or other logistics? Please click here to view Frequently Asked Questions – Europe

Or contact Susie at [email protected]

Partners: Compagnie Albertine, EJMA, Red Sun Prod.

Creative Strings is a non-profit cultural organization with a mission to support and transform music education through outreach, summer conference, and online curriculum.