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One day fully packed with workshops, immersed in a friendly and loose atmosphere, exploring the realms of improv and rhythm with members of the North Sea String Quartet.
The quartet consists of violinists Pablo Rodriguez & George Dumitriu, violist Yanna Pelser and cellist Thomas van Geelen.
For string players familiar with improvisation, you’ll delve further into group string playing, composing techniques and tricks, stylistic insights in world music, and gain a deeper focus on extended playing techniques like chopping, ‘guitar’ or ‘cello-bass’ playing, among others.
Depending on your interest and level, you can spend more time on specific subjects with one or more teachers.
Who can apply?
All intermediate and advanced violinists, violists, cellists and double bass players, as well as teachers who want to explore an open minded approach to music and their instrument. Previous experience with improvisation is not required!
So, are you a string player who got stuck trying to improvise? A player looking for new ways of expression on your instrument? Or perhaps a string teacher, wanting to incorporate improvisation into your classes?
Many string players nowadays are looking for other ways of expression than classical music alone, or feel limited by their dependency on sheet music. But when trying to improvise, most of them seem to get stuck one way or another. We know what it’s like! At the Academy of Improvising Strings, you’ll work on exactly these topics with professional players and teachers who know the tricks of the trade.
Jam with the NSSQ
In this digital era, with so much music at our disposal, people have gotten affinity with a wide range of musical styles. Why not integrate them in our own musical practice? At the jam session, a vital part of the day, you’ll get to have a go at a surprising mix of genres.
Meet and play
Of course, you’re not alone. The previous edition of the Academy has served as a meeting place for like-minded musicians, both amateur and professional, from the Netherlands and abroad. It’s so beneficial to share experiences with musicians of your own level and to learn from each other. And it’s a lot of fun too!
More info on improvisingstrings.com