Improvisation Workshop: Indian Music in Practice & Theory

Spring 2017 Grant Recipient


Nomi Dave (Music) This project is a year-long Improvisation Workshop, exploring social / aesthetic improvisation through a focus on North Indian classical vocal music. The workshop will build a community of practice for participants to collaborate in thinking about, discussing and doing improvisation. We will examine 1) the relationship between composition and improvisation; 2) the ways in which improvisation creates community; and 3) improvisation in pedagogy. These themes / questions will be explored primarily through musical practice - generating ideas and discussion from the process of making music together. Sessions will be led by Nirmal Bajekal, a classically trained vocalist and disciple of Dr Prabha Atre.