Howdy, folks. Here’s the latest:
With pleasure I can announce that I have received a Fulbright Global Scholar Award. Funded by the US State Department, this award will support my next three international tours. The project includes one-month residencies at conservatories in Vilnius (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre), Manchester, UK (Royal Northern College of Music), and Vancouver, BC (University of British Columbia School of Music). Dates and further details to come.
Great news! Our March 16 benefit concert for Safe Harbor House raised over $5000! I am deeply grateful to the audience and donors (including Improv Planet members) who generously gave to support Safe Harbor’s work with women who have been affected by drugs, prison, human trafficking, and other forms of trauma. Safe Harbor rescues people and change lives every day. Well done, everyone!
If you’re here looking for resources for your own progress as an improviser, join us at Improv Planet on Patreon. Improv Planet is an online community of improvisation students. Six new videos (about three hours of instruction and demonstration) on historic improvisation come out every month. https://www.patreon.com/ImprovPlanet
Nikhil Hogan and I discuss classical improvisation on his podcast The Nikhil Hogan Show. Listen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NURA-0N_Blg
Once again I’ll speak and perform at the Historic Performance Institute at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in May. Topic: Tributaries of Neapolitan Keyboard Improvisation: Francesco Durante’s Regole d’accompagnamento, Partimenti diminuiti, and Esercizio ovvero sonata per organo.
Presenting at the national conference of the Music Teachers’ National Association in Spokane, Washington, in March. Topic: Historical Improvisation and “Standard Repertoire” as Equal Partners in Concert, and also at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (Chicago) in summer 2019, presenting at the pre-conference sessions on improvisation.
The manuscript of the improvisation book is done and in the hands of the editors. They tell me to expect it to come out in summer 2019.