August 19-24, 2019,
Pressure Waves returned for summer 2019, featuring a week-long intensive for new music composition and improv, rich in
creative potential and
discovery! Applications were open to 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 were expected to have basic music literacy and come prepared 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 were encouraged.
The week was 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 left with a new work (score and recording) and improved
improv skills. Through aural focus, pattern recognition, and playful
discovery, improv training helps enhance creative potential in both composition and performance endeavours going forward.
Our mentor composer/improvisers this year were Kathryn Ladano and Glenn Buhr. Pressure Waves was 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.
Image by Eilliana Esquivel