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SCL NY Seminar: Master Class with Imaginary Minds

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(SCL Board Member)


Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
7:00PM to 9:00PM
Location TBA
The SCL in NY presents an evening of conversation with Improvisatory Minds, a renowned collective of four concert composers including Michael Patterson (former SCL NY Steering Committee member).  Join us as these highly accomplished and versatile musicians share insight about their creative process and craft!

Eventbrite - Masterclass with Michael Patterson and Improvisatory Minds

Improvisatory Minds  

Improvisatory Minds is a collective of four concert composers - Bevan Manson, Ed Neumeister, Michael Patterson and Dennis Dreith - who are also active jazz musicians.  The group presents performances of original chamber music informed by a jazz perspective, thereby promoting a unique and often neglected facet of the contemporary concert music world.  Their series “Chamber Music by Jazz Composers” features composers who draw upon our cultural and musical heritage to create a new vein of contemporary music that is refreshingly accessible, harmonically rich, and rhythmically intriguing.

Formed in 2011, Improvisatory Minds has presented concerts in Los Angeles area venues such as Upstairs at Vitello’s, Classical Encounters, and Sessions at the Loft, as well as at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla and St. Peter’s Church in New York City. Prominent guest composers have included Claire Fischer, Billy Childs, John Williams, Jeff Beal, Paquito D’Rivera, Andre Previn, and Vince Mendoza. Featured artists have included the Lyris Quartet, the New Hollywood String Quartet, The Righteous Girls, the Midnight Winds, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Ben Hudson, pianists Antoinette Perry, and Gloria Cheng, and many other prominent musicians.

Each concert showcases new and recently written chamber works and includes at least one world premiere. In October of 2011, Improvisatory Minds was proud to present the first performance of Clare Fischer’s long-neglected Piano Quartet with the legendary Latin jazz bandleader and composer in attendance, just three months before his death. Four-time Emmy winner and prolific concert composer Jeff Beal, well known for his music for “House of Cards” and “Monk”, hosted an Improvisatory Minds concert with the New Hollywood String Quartet in his home in Agoura Hills in April of 2015.



The Society of Composers and Lyricists Seminar: Masterclass with Michael Patterson and Improvisatory Minds - Greg Pliska Greg Pliska   is a composer, orchestrator and conductor whose work spans Broadway, film, TV, commercials and pop recordings. He was musical director for the Tony-winning play War Horse, and has contributed score and arrangements to three Shakespeare in the Park productions: Comedy of Errors, As You Like It (with Steve Martin, Drama Desk nomination), and Twelfth Night (with Hem, Drama Desk nomination). His TV and film work includes score and orchestration for the Emmy-winning Life (Discovery), and orchestrations for BAFTA-winner Flying Monsters 3D, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. He has orchestrated for and performed on albums by Carly Simon, James Iha, Hem, Karen Elson and Cat Power, Michael Stipe, and many others. His regional theater scores include Moss Hart-award winner In a Lake of Fire, and the opera The Secret Garden. He was a 2010 Sundance Composers Lab Fellow.

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$20 for Non-member college STUDENTS with valid student I.D.

THE SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS & LYRICISTS (SCL)  is the non-profit premier organization for professional film, television, video game, and musical theater composers and lyricists, and those working in our industry such as orchestrators, arrangers, music supervisors, music agents, music attorneys, music editors, copyists, recording engineers, and related jobs, with a distinguished 70-year history in the fine art of creating music for visual media. Current SCL Members include the top creative professionals whose experience and expertise is focused on many of the creative, technological, legal, newsworthy and pressing issues of the film music, television music, game music, and musical theatre industry today.

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