INTEGRATED CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE

the Integrated Contemporary Performance* (ICP) range of masterclasses, workshops & professional development courses for universities, conservatoriums & music academies

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HEALING STAGE-FRIGHT

Masterclass ICP1: Healing Stage Fright*

open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: one-day masterclass or ongoing contact sessions

Description: Stage-fright is a big issue for some people, and a significant issue for many. If you do get really nervous to the extent that you can’t express yourself or share and enjoy what you really love about music in your performances, this course will enable you to begin to heal your fears around performing, and regain your original inspiration for taking up music in the first place. You will learn practical on-the-spot approaches which will change your whole experience of playing in public, and dissolve the old patterns which caused you to feel anxiety instead of joy. Includes specific take-home techniques and practical tools for on-stage use in even the most demanding performances.

Pre-requisite: open to all musicians (also available formats for public speakers, presenters and teachers doing presentations etc)

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CLASSICAL MUSIC IMPROVISATION*

Masterclass ICP2: Making Contemporary Classical Music Through Improvisation*

No previous improvisation experience necessary

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: one-day masterclass or ongoing contact sessions.

Description: This is a new breakthrough method of classical music improvisation, which allows classical musicians to create mature, coherent improvised music as a legitimate part of their concert platform repertoire. It utilises all the wonderful classical training and experience which classical players already have. By learning a few extra practical insights into the four basic parameters which are at the heart of all music over all the ages, it allows classical players to use all their classical training, experience, sensitivity, and nuance in their own concert improvisations, right from the start.

So no need to go back to being a beginner, no need to spend years learning the complicated theory of jazz before you can improvise!

This method allows classical musicians to improvise freely with great depth and meaning, creating their own works and even entire concert programs, giving wings to their own feelings, imagination and life experience, in much the same way that a painter creates pictures onto a blank canvas.

It forms a profound basis for both music composition and interpretation, and additionally, adds energy and insight to every performer’s musicianship whether in improvisation or traditional repertoire.

This systematic method is easily learned and is being acclaimed by professional musicians and university faculty worldwide. It can be taught, learned, performed and assessed to the same high standards which classical music has come to expect.

Successful courses have already been run over the last fifteen years at leading European conservatoriums, including the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Vienna University for the Performing Arts (MDW) in Austria, the European String Teachers Association (ESTA) National Conference in Sweden, and at most major universities in Australia. Attendees have ranged from professional music teachers, university professors, players from La Scala Milan and Zurich Opera, and distinguished European classical concert artists.

Pre-requisite: open to all soloists, professional classical players, teachers and advanced students who want to start contemporary classical music improvisation or accelerate their progress further.

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TEACHER TRAINING FOR CLASSICAL IMPROVISATION

Masterclass ICP3: Teacher Training for Classical Improvisation*

No previous improvisation experience necessary

Open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: Ongoing contact sessions.

Description: Teacher training for classical musicians and instrumental music teachers. This course focuses on how to teach classical music improvisation in a clear and encouraging, age-appropriate way. It is suitable for instrumental teachers from primary and high school to university and professional levels. Based on a new breakthrough method (see Masterclass ICP2 above), this practical hands-on course creates the skills, resources and confidence for classical players and instrumental teachers to teach classical music improvisation in an effective and rewarding way for themselves and their students.

This systematic approach is being acclaimed by professional musicians and university faculty worldwide. It can be taught, learned, performed and assessed to the same high standards which classical music has come to expect.

Pre-requisite: This course assumes an advanced to professional level of instrumental playing skills, and is open to all soloists, professional classical players and teachers who want to teach classical music improvisation.

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IMPROVISATION ENSEMBLE SKILLS

Masterclass ICP4: Ensemble Skills* - new textures, voicings and concept development for ensemble improvisation

open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format:
one-day or two-day masterclass OR ongoing contact sessions

Description:
an intensive professional-level course which focuses on enhancing the maturity of musical ideas through developing responsive and dynamic musical interaction, practical application of the principles of musical texture as well as developing a lexicon of motifs and concepts, sounds and textures and establishes authentic flow in ensemble improvisation. Further enhances originality of style and interpretive maturity which is applicable to all areas of music studies and performance.

Prerequisite: Completion of Masterclass ICP2

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NON-TONAL IMPROVISATION

Masterclass ICP5: Non-Tonal Improvisation*

open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: one-day or two day masterclass

Description: a deep understanding and practical working knowledge of atonal improvisation for contemporary classical performance. Mastering the new spectrum of musical languages, textures, complexities and freedoms which this unique idiom brings. Presented in a systematic and comprehensible format to use right away. An essential toolbox for all contemporary performers.

Pre-requisite: Masterclass ICP2

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SOUNDSCAPES & CONTEMPORARY PLAYING TECHNIQUES

Masterclass ICP6: Soundscapes & Contemporary Playing Techniques* — exploring new dimensions of sound for improvisation in the 21st century

open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format: one-day or two-day masterclass OR ongoing contact sessions

Description: this course focuses on developing and consolidating a new palette of tonal and experimental sounds on acoustic & amplified instruments for application in contemporary classical performance for classical players as original artists. Includes developing soundscapes, and intensive work in known as well as new contemporary playing techniques, and explores the expressive potential of the instrument from a wide and innovative sonic perspective. Dedicated to completely practical, useful skills for new repertoires for the concert platform for all professional musicians.

Pre-requisite: Masterclass ICP2

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CROSS-ARTS IMPROVISATION

Masterclass ICP7: Cross-Arts Improvisation - Inter-disciplinary improvisation performance

Open to practitioners from all arts, technology, and humanities backgrounds.

No previous improvisation experience necessary.

Format: workshops or ongoing classes

Description: Inter-disciplinary improvisation performance is an exciting area of contemporary music, where music and the other arts intersect in new works which explore new frontiers. The resulting hybrid of sound, visuals, speech, text, technology & electronics is an ever expanding genre of creative expression appearing increasingly frequently on the programs at progressive arts festivals worldwide.

The training, expertise, scope, and imagination which this course draws on touches into the heart of traditional arts practice, and from there absorbs, questions, and incorporates everything - from the ancient to the avant-garde, from the intimate to the massive, from the primative to advanced technologies, from the formal stage to the most informal locations, where car parks can be as much a stage as concert halls.

The approaches taught in these inter-disciplinary courses bring classical music training up to the front edge of the wave in the 21st century.

Prerequisite: advanced to professional proficiency in your chosen field

ELECTRIC VIOLIN, AMPS & FX

Masterclass ICP8: Electric Violin, Amps & FX*

open to violin, viola, cello, and contra bass

Format: one-day workshop or ongoing sessions

Descrition: the complete how, why, and what of going electric for strings. Includes demonstration
and practical instruction in every aspect of going electric: the different types of instruments and their professional uses, application and contexts of using FX, and a practical understanding of the full range of amps and PAs. This is a thorough preparation for competency and creativity in using electric instruments and amplification in all the contexts facing the modern professional string player.

Every aspect is taught, from light acoustic sound reinforcement and the use of electronics, to rock bands and studio playing, high volume output, extended playing techniques and experimental soundscapes, and on-stage environments.

As an adjunct to this, classes and training in improvisation and various musical performance contexts (both electric and acoustic) are available to maximise professional outcomes in the diversity of the contemporary classical musician's environment.

Also
available by appointment to school and university departments is expert consultation, contacts and guidance to purchase appropriate instruments and amplification if required.

Pre-requisite: advanced to professional proficiency on your instrument is necessary.

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CONTEMPORARY STUDIO & STAGE TECHNIQUES

Masterclass ICP9: Contemporary Studio & Stage Techniques*

open to ALL instruments including voice, percussion, piano, strings, brass, woodwind etc

Format:
one-day workshop OR ongoing weekly contact sessions

Description: this course gives a thorough grounding in the contemporary recording studio sessions and onstage live playing techniques of the industry, as well a practical working knowledge of what is required stylistically for professional playing in live string and orchestral on-stage sections.

In addition it equips professional players with the practical expertise, insights and a general understanding of acoustic and electric instruments, which enables them to make wise choices with selecting, using and caring for their instruments in a contemporary context.

Upon request this course can also be combined with the Masterclass ICP6 Electric Violin, Amps & FX course in using electric stringed instruments.

Pre-requisite: advanced to professional level of playing proficiency

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RELAXATION & MEDITATION FOR MUSICIANS AND MUSIC TEACHERS

Masterclass ICP10: Relaxation and Meditation for Musicians & Music Teachers*

Format: workshop or classes ongoing

Description: learn relaxation and meditation for inner peace. Simple and effective approaches to self-nurture you can use throughout your day, as well as more traditional sit down meditation styles.

Learn simple techniques for how to be really grounded and present, how to clear your energy field, and develop inner peace through practice, self acceptance and compassion.

Techniques include breathing exercises, visualisation, body awareness & relaxation, and both active and quietude meditation styles. Emphasis is on creating wellbeing outcomes to suit each individual which are attainable and conducive to the high demands of professional life.

Pre-requisite: N/A
(Disclaimer: Rupert Guenther is not a medical doctor. Participants with a history of mental health issues are encouraged to consult their regular health professional before enrolling)

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