Making the Phrase

Posted by: Dave Douglas on May 26, 2010 @ 2:19 pm
Filed under: Banff Workshop, Dave Douglas (Artist Thoughts)
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Matana Roberts describes COIN COIN and talks about origins and practices. Behind her is a long list of mentors and inspirations.

Earlier in the day, Myra Melford gave a workshop on large ensemble improvising and conducting strategies, describing the work of Butch Morris and Fred Frith. She also led the group through the cueing system of John Zorn’s Cobra, and performed several versions of that piece.

We also had a “faculty” rehearsal with Myra, Matana, Michael Bates, Ben Monder and Gerald Cleaver which was a real joy.

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  1. […] 1 votes vote Making the Phrase Matana Roberts describes COIN COIN and talks about origins and practices. Behind her is a long […]

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  2. I recently saw Myra with Taylor Ho Bynum and Mary Halverson where they played a really open-ended compositional/improvisational piece that was preseneted in two drastically different ways in the two sets. I’d kind of forgotten the work she’s done with Butch Morris and John Zorn, but this reminded me of some of that type of compositonal process where the core material is there but open to interpretation. Taylor said that this was only the second and third times they had played the piece (the first being a recording session early that day)and that they were still discovering the material. Very inspirational.

    Comment by MailCarrierMike — May 30, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

  3. It was a great week, and I hope to invite Taylor up here some time.

    Thanks for your comment.

    Comment by Dave Douglas — May 31, 2010 @ 7:05 am

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