Pressure Waves: Composition/Improv Workshop

August 19-24, 2019,
Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Pressure Waves is back for summer 2019, featuring a week-long intensive for new music composition and improv, rich in
creative potential and
discovery! We are looking for anyone at a high school or university level who identifies as creative, with the desire to push
boundaries and make
music in new ways.
Participants are expected to have basic music literacy and come prepar
ed to be pushed by our mentors to: a) compose a new work over the course of the week and b) engage as an improviser on one or more instruments.
Acoustic instruments as well as electronics are welcomed.

The week will be filled with classes, group improv and discussions of works-in-progress, and private composition and coaching
sessions, leading to a final public concert of premieres. Participants will leave with a new work (score and recording) and improved
improv skills. Through aural focus, pattern recognition, and playful
discovery, improv training will enhance creative potential in both composition and performance endeavours going forward.

Our mentor composer/improvisers this year are Kathryn Ladano and Glenn Buhr. Pressure Waves will be held at the Manitoba
Conservatory of Music & Arts
on the University of Winnipeg
Campus. The Conservatory offers state-of-the-art practice,
rehearsal, and recording spaces, and is surrounded by Winnipeg’s vibrant urban culture. Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and instrument(s) (pianos provided at the Conservatory). 
A limited number of travel bursaries are available for out-of-town participants.

Please provide a written response to the following questions:

  1. Background: Describe your basic music experience, what
    instruments you play (include all, regardless of level!), any compositional experience, including whether you have written any scores (score experience not required to be selected).
  2. Intention: What do you want out of your musical life?
    What kinds of creative pursuits do you want to take on?

Applications are now closed.


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