Nov 30th 14:00 + Dec 1st 12:00

Conducted Impro with ZA!

Improvisation is perhaps the element that provides the most natural and spontaneous musical act. In music learning there’s implicit improvisation, exploration and enjoyment of the present moment, but as we internalize the structures and musical forms there is a loss of this live music feeling that comes from here and now.

In this workshop we intend to enhance the musicians’ spontaneous musical expression and to develop the ability of interplaying and improvising with other musicians.

In order to achieve these goals, we’ll do different exercises, games and live compositions, based on a gestural sign language that the musician plays freely. This language combines our own strategies and signs with the teachings of 3 improvisational languages: Butch Morris’s Conduction, Walter Thompson’s Soundpainting and John Zorn’s Cobra.

The aim is to promote the enjoyment of musical activity as the best way to generate the optimal situation of naturalness and concentration that is required in a genuine improvisation.


Pau Rodriguez and Eduard Pou are ZA!, a Spanish duet of impro-experimental rock. They have toured the U.S., Europe, UK, Brazil and Russia among other countries, and played in festivals such as South by South West, USA (2011, 2012), Primavera Sound, ES (2011, 2010, 2009, 2007), Sonar Festival, ES (2009), Sonar Sao Paulo, BR (2012), Canadian Music Week, CA (2012), SKIF Festival, UK (2012), Les Transmusicales, FR (2011), Tauron Nowa Muzyka, PL (2013) or Pohoda Fest, SV (2013) among many others.

They have also their own improvisation orchestra, La Orquesta del Caballo Ganador.

Eduard Pou has studied conducted improvisation with Walter Thompson and Agustí Fernández. He is a frequent musician for Demonshaker, Nathan Fuhr’s conducted improvisation drum orchestra. He is also a journalist and writer.

Pau Rodríguez holds a degree in Psychology at the UAB, Master in Music Education and Musicology at the UAB. Trained in Cognitive-Analytic Psychotherapy and he worked at the Hospital General de Catalunya in the Psychiatric Unit performing Individual and Group Psychotherapy for Personality Disorders, Psychoeducational Groups for Patients and Families, Music Therapy, Equine Therapy and Research in Personality Disorders. He has also studied conducted improvisation with Agustí Fernández.


*Conducted Improvisation Bases
*Signs and Syntax
*Role of Manager
*Introduction to the field application Educational and Therapy

Program: 2 sessions of 4 hours

-Free impro
-Exchange of views
-Introduction to conducted improvisation.
-Signs and Syntax
-First signs, the importance of intention

2.Signs and Syntax
-Who, What
-Signs Extension
-How, When, How
-Instrumental Improvisation and Vocal Improvisation

3.Interplay, proximity and expression levels
-Interplay exercices
-Conducted Improvisation Structure
-Conducted Improvisation Practice

*** BERLIN SPECIAL: Impro Orchestra will then PERFORM @ NK Projekt, opening for The Pyramids ! ***

Participant profile:

-People interested in improvisation.
-All levels style and instrument musicians.
-Music professors and teachers.
-Composers, music producers, dancers, actors…
-Music therapists, art therapists and dance therapist.


*A minimum of 7 and a maximum of 12 participants.

*Any person who wishes to participate in the workshop should have instrument or enough own material to participate comfortably in the dynamics (amplifier, micro, stands …). It is important to point out that playing an instrument is not strictly necessary in this workshop. Participants can use their own strategies.

Location: NK Projekt @ Elsenstr. 52 2HH 2Etage 12059 Berlin Workshop Times: Saturday 30. Nov 14:00-18:00 + Sunday 1. Dec 12:00-16:00 Performance Times: Sunday 1. Dec 20:00. Fee: €40 for both days PLEASE PRE-REGISTER BY SENDING AN EMAIL TO:

Conducted Impro