LUNCH and LEARN presents:
January 17th, 2014
MSC – Little Theater
- Lunch Provided –
At LeTourneau, we talk quite a bit about innovation, and improvisation is essential to innovation. In fact, improvisation is the genesis of all we do. We thrill when we see it in dance or hear it in music, but what does it mean for our own work, life, and spiritual practice? Contrary to popular belief, improvisation is never ‘flying by the seat of your pants’ or ‘winging it.’ Rather, to improvise well necessitates mastery of craft, imagination, attention to the importance of momentariness, and a commitment to living and working within the bounds of community. This presentation by accomplished jazz clarinetist James Falzone will encourage us to think in new ways about creativity and our shared work of teaching and learning. A mix of music and conversation, this is sure to be a memorable gathering.
The finest improvising clarinetist in Chicago, who is also one of the top genre-crossing reedmen in the country...his expertise and curiosity allow him to stretch from traditional to modern in both classical music and jazz, with forays into folk and liturgical music as well. Some artists like to blast through the walls that separate genres. Falzone turns them into putty and lets each side seep through to the other." Neil Tesser, Examiner
"James Falzone is not sitting back contentedly watching his star ascend. As an accomplished performer, composer, improviser, and educator, Falzone pursues a musical vision rooted in the middle ground between the fully notated world of conservatory-trained musicians and the improvisation-based energy of jazz and creative music. It is a territory he explores with an omnivorous appetite for musical influences and aesthetic directions, whether leading his quartet KLANG through a set of contemporary jazz compositions at a late night haunt, directing liturgical music with the Grace Chicago Consort, or composing for orchestra." Devin Hurd, New Music Box
Please R.S.V.P. to DeniseBailey@letu.edu or by phone at 3510.