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ARC Session- New Inputs

Tuesday 9 February 2021


An evening with research presentations and artistic performance devoted to the role of interdisciplinary thinking and extended modes of interaction in free music improvisation. With research presentations by Richard Barrett and Johan van Kreij, video footage of Richard Barrett and Daryl Buckley and live performance of Cristina Schönbach (voice), Hilde Wollenstein (electronics), Peter van Bergen (saxophone) and Johan van Kreij.

How to join the ARC session

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Meeting ID: 837 6769 7301
Passcode: 618444

Richard Barrett

Improvised music has been in a constant state of evolution since it emerged from both jazz and contemporary composition in the 1960s. Various influences have shaped this evolution, such as the development of new technologies for creating sounds and instruments, the increasing acceptance of improvisational skills as a valuable aspect of music education, and the ways in which improvisational practices in other artistic disciplines can inform and inspire the work of improvising musicians. This last influence has become more pervasive in the 21st century as a result of increasing interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. The central purpose of Richard Barrett's research project as part of the lectorate "Music, Education and Society" at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague is to investigate how practices in other disciplines might further enrich approaches to musical improvisation. In this session, Richard Barrett will present his research, both verbally and through a video recording of a recent improvisation-based composition in collaboration with lap steel guitarist Daryl Buckley.

Johan van Kreij

What may have happened…" is a research driven by the desire to augment the sense of sharing in a decentralized improvisation—a creative musical situation in which the participants are in different physical locations. This research has focussed on extending the typical channels of communication—beyond the audible and visible—in order to allow a genuine sense of exchange and joint activity, similar to what musicians typically may experience in an improvisation with others. Special software, aiming at realizing such exchange, was designed and tested in various online improvisations. The presentation during this meeting will show in action the latest version of this software.


ARC (art_research_convergence) is an outreach initiative of Leiden University Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, and the University of the Arts The Hague, for the active communication of artistic research.
What is ARC?
ARC hosts exhibitions, installations, lectures and performances every second Tuesday of the month. The idea is to enable a space of communication and action where artist-researchers can show work in progress (or finished work in need of feedback) and discuss it with the audience.
ARC plays a connective role in the network of artistic and investigative practices. It strengthens the knowledge infrastructure in the dynamic field of practice-based research as well as brings it into the public eye. In doing so, it contributes to the knowledge economy in the region.
This project acts as a forum or laboratory, in which artist-researchers work together with other cultural players on new works, designs and performance practices.

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