I will be presenting “Instigation Quartets: A Look at The Effectiveness of Higher Level Improvisational Instructions as a Means to Foster Musical Diversity” on Friday, February 17 at 2 pm on the campus of William Patterson University in Wayne, NJ, as part of the International Society of Improvised Music Conference. Full details here: http://www.isimprov.org/upcomingEvent.html
The “Instigation Quartets” are a set of high level verbal instructions that serve as starting points for otherwise free improvisations. The idea behind the Instigation Quartets (IQ) is twofold. The first intention is to provide a way to bypass the early “negotiation” stage of a free improvisation, and the second intention is to push musicians into starting improvisatory episodes in ways that may not occur if left to the groups usual devices.
This presentation will look at recordings of the IQ made in Dortmund (Germany), Chicago, and New Orleans between October 2010 and November 2011by a variety of musicians. The analysis of these recordings will look at the effectiveness of the IQ in realizing the intentions outlined above, as well as the success of the musical results outside of the context of the instructions.