22 / 23 SEASON

For Longy’s 2022–2023 event season, we invite you to leave all preconceptions at home.

Musical experiences can have any starting point. Whether born of complex ideas, emotional impulses, or spontaneous inspiration, every music maker begins wherever they are—which is exactly where they need to be.

Just as there’s no right way, no single starting line for becoming a musician, composer, or performer, there’s no one correct entry point for us as the audience. There’s no required reading for experiencing a piece of music, no prerequisite understanding or context to bring with you to a musical experience. You come to it from wherever you are.

In relinquishing our ideas of what a musical experience should be, we open ourselves to receiving and internalizing music in a way that is unique and true to each of us.

Every artist, composer, and musician represented in this season’s program took a different path to arrive at Longy, detours and scenic routes included. We hope the stories on our stages this year inspire you to begin your own new journey, no matter where you start. Allow yourself to begin wherever you are.

When there’s no set path to follow, you become free to begin anywhere.

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Bringing Poetry into Song | Brian Moll, instructor

Sunday • November 22, 2020   |   7:30 pm

This class will involve bringing text and music to life through improvisation and experimentation. Students will explore ways to meaningfully discover established compositions as well as to create musical drama performances of an improvised nature, or to be part of the process of producing newly composed songs.
Students will choose from two pools of texts: one that has musical settings and the other from texts never set to music. Once students have chosen their texts from the first pool, the poetry will be discussed in class and spoken in the tradition of poetic musical dramas, where the poetry is performed with and another instrument. All texts will be explored with sung and played improvisation before a previously composed musical setting is chosen.
In addition, texts never set to music will also be chosen and used to improvise with pianists, instrumentalists and singers. In some cases, these new texts will be used for new songs composed by class members. The class will culminate with performance of some of the pre-existing songs as well as improvised performances.

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Sunday • November 22, 2020
7:30 pm
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