South Wales Improvisers has established itself in partnership with SHIFT Cardiff and creates the opportunity for an individual to play on a ‘regular’ (at least once a month) basis in South Wales, free improvised ensemble music. 

SW Improvisers welcomes all players of all levels who are interested in exploring new paths to music. Players can come to the sessions freely and without any prior experience. We ask only that you have an open mind, a willingness to listen, to respond and to enjoy.

The format and content style of ‘regular’ sessions featuring free improvisation may vary but the following are examples, and formats we may want to explore:

  • Workshop sessions
  • Rehearsal opportunities 
  • Sessions without audiences or an audience of peers 
  • Concerts

An action we have taken:

  1. Registration: Enthusiasts, followers, individuals who want to know more have started to register their interest
  2. Set up medium term dates for ‘regular’ sessions we are aiming for 2 per month one evening, one weekend
  3. Agreed administrative structure and steering group

To still do:

  1. Longer term planning for performance / concerts and ‘house band’ 
  2. To adopt a constitution
  3. Agree robust organisational arrangements for the spending and auditing of any funds that may be available.

South Wales Improvisers performances:

Should SWI be asked or gain the opportunity to play publicly or asked to record the criteria for joining the SWI in this opportunity is to have attended 2 SWI sessions held at Shift Cardiff. 

If you are interested in taking part in sessions contact;

Next sessions:

Sunday July 3rd 14:00-16:00

Sunday 10th July 14:00-16:00

Sunday August 7th 14:00-16:00

Sunday August 21st 14:00-16:00

Sunday September 11th 14:00-16:00

Sunday October 9th 14:00-16:00

Sunday October 23rd 14:00-16:00

Sunday November 6th 14:00-16:00

Sunday November 20th 14:00-16:00

Sunday December 4th 14:00-16:00

Sunday December 18th 14:00-16:00

Free improvisation is “usually performed collectively between two or more players”, where “conception and realization are fused into one action or process”, and where there is “no storage of conceptual or thematic information to be drawn upon”. Free improvisation takes place “in the here and now without resorting to support systems of symbols to be translated”. (Gaudinsky 1982: 37)

Free improvisation is a collective process, and it does not connect itself to common conventions and predetermined frameworks. (Lutz 1999: 2)

A typical definition of freely improvised music is that: “free music is what is played when players do not consciously reinforce musical idioms or existing compositions”. (Berndt 1996: 1)

In free improvisation, the music is discovered and invented spontaneously, “while performing it, without preconceived formulation, scoring, or content”. (Solomon 1986: 226)

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