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Creative Music Intensive at Arts Letters & Numbers


  • Arts Letters & Numbers 1525 Burden Lake Road Averill Park, NY, 12018 United States (map)

Creative Music Intensive

Led by Michael Harrison

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In this workshop we will immerse ourselves in the creative process of making music. During our week together we will find new ways to unleash our creative potential, and to discover and develop our individual voices as creative artists. This workshop is open to both amateur and professional musicians in any genre (the ability to read music is not required). Michael will customize the workshop on an ongoing basis to address the needs and wishes of each and every participant. Time will be divided between individual and group activities as needed. Tilted Arc (pianist Sophia Vastek, and electroacoustic composer/saxophonist Sam Torres) will also be on faculty to coach and perform participant’s works for any combination of piano, sax and electronics. Guest faculty include composer/sound artist Nina Young and composer/percussionist Payton MacDonald.

Music making activities that we will explore include:

  • Collaborating on the creation and performance of a House concert at ALN
  • Learning and performing Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece “In C” 
  • The art and techniques of musical composition 
  • Improvisation (group and solo)
  • Indian classical singing (ragas) 
  • New World Raga
  • Indian rhythmic cycles and patterns 
  • Polyrhythms and minimalist music techniques
  • Just Intonation (theory and practice)
  • Chamber ensemble and solo performance
  • Creating electronic and electroacoustic music
  • Developing a career in music
  • Developing interdisciplinary collaborations 
  • Tuition includes a private lesson for each participant (if requested) 
  • Workshops and presentations with guest composers and performers
Earlier Event: June 18
Tilted Arc on About/Face Series
Later Event: March 22
Tilted Arc x Riley Nicholson