So I am very excited to announce that I have started writing my own music again after a seriously long time. I have been spending the intervening years improvising of course and continue to do so with The Maydays but now it is time to start laying down some music in concrete form. The guise that this has taken is by collaboration with the superbly talented artist, Claire Fearon whereby she paints in response to my music and I play in response to her painting. The name for this project is to be confirmed as it is still early days but you can see a video of our first collaboration here:
Yes we did it, we drove from Brighton to Strasbourg for the first Theatre d’Oignon Festival of Improvisation. Featuring almost no footage of the festival at all, here is a little video of our experience…
It’s been a little while since I have posted news of podcasts and things here so I thought I’d share what I think is my favourite podcast so far – Heather and Joe’s Psychadelic Singing Experiment number 2.
Sing it! is a beginners guide to musical improv comedy and explains some of our favourite exercises from the point of view of both improviser and musician. We have had loads of fun writing it, and a slightly harder time getting the book in physical form!
There are loads of backing tracks and podcasts on our website www.musicalimprovcomedy.co.uk that are free to use, and can be used in conjunction with the book so go and enjoy!
Just messed about with “Somebody like you” substituting some chords for their relative majors/minors. Interesting results but I dont think I’ll wait for her people to phone my people to write her next hit!
Just found that someone has made this lovely film of the improv event, Slapbash that happened last month in the old vic tunnels. Crazy idea trying to geyt 5 improvisation troupes together, three musicians and no director! Somehow we pulled it off…
I am a Musical Director specialising in comedy and improvisation. I also teach piano, Music Technology and theory. I am developing my system of music analysis called SeeChord I live in Brighton with my wife and two children and am generally very happy with my lot.