South Wales Improvisers established itself in partnership with SHIFT and creates the opportunity for an individual to play free improvised ensemble music on a regular monthly basis. 

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.

Voyages in Improvisation  – music workshop.
October 9th & December 18th 11-1pm, South Wales Improvisers will be running a Two hour practical workshop as an introduction to exploring free improvisation in music. The workshop will be led by Chris Parfitt who has practiced free improvisation for many years playing in ensembles and small groups across the UK and Europe. 

Chris is passionate about free improvisation and is keen to encourage musicians inexperienced or experienced to explore this infinite musical art form. 

If you would like to come along, sign up for free ( well it would be wouldn’t it!) The work shop is open to anyone. You will need to bring with you any sound making equipment you need. If you would like to come along please register at:

Dec 18th 11:00-13:00

The South Wales Improvisors will be sharing food & refreshments after the workshop. Anyone who attends is welcome to join us.

If you are interested in taking part in regular sessions contact;

Next sessions:

Sunday November 20th 14:00-16:00

Sunday December 4th 14:00-16:00

Sunday December 18th Voyages in Improvisation 11:00-13:00 – Session14:00-16:00

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)