Friday, February 6th 2015, 14.00 – 17.00 & / Or , Saturday, February 7th , 14-00 – 17.00

Spontaneity in Structure: The Parametric Method of Group Improvisation for Musicians and Nonmusicians

Improvisation is often called composition in real time; however, the word improvisation means a sort of spontaneous action. How the balance between spontaneity and structure can be found without damaging the free flow of a consciousness stream? How to interact spontaneously in a group improvisation to create a music stuff which sounds same time structuralized and attractively unpredictable? How to search for a common language being a part of a group of improvisers, even being a newcomer?

Russian composer, pianist and educator Roman Stolyar suggests receiving the answers through developing parametric method of improvisation, which is, being same time simple and effective, is suitable for developing by both musicians and non-musicians.
The parametric method is based on the exploring the multi-dimensional nature of a single sound and, furthermore, of more complex sound structures. The more sounds are involved into a structure, the more dimensions they create, and the more opportunities to develop the structure appear. The workshop includes theatric games and improvisations within different limitations as well as working on graphic scores.

What to bring to the workshop:
-musicians – instrument(s) or voice, several blank sheets of paper and a pen/pencil;
-non-musicians: voice or/and sounding objects on a choice, several blank sheets of paper and a pen/pencil.

Workshop on Friday is mostly for musicians while Saturday is mostly for non-musicians, but in general there are no restrictions.

Friday, February 6, 14.00 – 17.00
Saturday, February 7, 14-00 – 17.00

Participation fee: 25 € per day


Roman Stolyar (Novosibirsk, Russia)
Educated both as jazz pianist and contemporary composer, Siberian improviser Roman Stolyar melts various styles and genres in his playing – from ancient polyphony to modern counterpoints and clusters. One of key figures in Russian improvised music, he has collaborated with many outstanding musicians, including Dominic Duval, William Parker, Vinny Golya, Susan Allen, Weasel Walter, Assif Tsahar, Martin Kuchen, Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen, and many others. His improvisational workshops have garnered him an international reputation, and have led to many invitations to create and implement workshops for organizations and universities around the world, including the University of Michigan, Mannes College, the California Institute of the Arts, Chateu d’Oex Music School in Switzerland, and the Versailles Conservatory. He is an author on the first Russian book on teaching free improvisation – “Modern Improvisation: A Practical Guide for Piano”.