Concurrent in Japan

In July 2017, building on important collaborative work that has grown out of the Concurrent research network meetings, four members of Concurrent took their project Encounters on stage: Exploring Embodied Empathic Improvisation as Performance to the World Congress of Music Therapy in Tsukuba, Japan. As at Concurrent ♯1, Nicky Haire, Philippa Derrington, Vicky Karkou and […]

Concurrent#3 at Tate Liverpool

In February 2017 Tate Liverpool hosted Concurrent#3, seven days of workshops, discussions and performances on interdisciplinary improvising, under their Tate Exchange programme. Organised by the Concurrent team at University of Edinburgh and Edge Hill University, these sessions took projects from Concurrents #1 and #2 in new directions, exploring how new technologies and strategies can facilitate […]

Concurrent#2 – second evening

Featured image: Stones, Clouds performed by musicians and artists (Full Zoom Photography)   The final evening of Concurrent’s 2-day second public event showcased intriguing new approaches to combining the improvisation of leading dancers, musicians, visual artists and processors   image: Full Zoom Photography The first two performances of the evening were the outcome of workshops […]

Concurrent#2 – second day

Featured image: detail from J Rawlinson presentation (Full Zoom Photography) On the second day of Concurrent’s second public event, workshops and talks during the day generated debate with the audience around approaches of leading improvisers in different fields.   image: Full Zoom Photography Saturday morning saw an innovative workshop discussing two interdisciplinary imporvisations. The first, […]

Concurrent#2 – first evening

Featured image: Video still from Cast of Thousands performance (Emma Bowen)   In January 2017, Concurrent held its second public event highlighting the developing practice and ideas for interdisciplinary approaches of some of the leading improvisers in the field.   image from video by Emma Bowen Kicking off an evening of performances on Friday 13th […]

Concurrent at GIOFest IX

At this year’s Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra Festival (GIOFest), Concurrent hosted a workshop to explore improvised music and dance interaction. Wilson & MacDonald’s (2015) psychological model for the processes of choice during group improvisation was the subject of a Concurrent discussion at GIOFest 2015. This time round, the implications of that model for performance practice were […]

Concurrent#2 Edinburgh 13th & 14th January 2017 – registration open

Concurrent#2 will take place in January 2017! The second public event by Edinburgh College of Art’s research network for improvisation between disciplines follows on from Concurrent#1 in 2016; on that occasion capacity audiences enjoyed an array of workshops exploring innovative ways for distinct improvisers to access each others’ practice and ground-breaking performances, documented on our […]

Concurrent workshop at GIOFest IX Glasgow, Sat 26th Nov 3pm

November 2016 sees the return of GIOFest, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra’s annual 3-day romp of improvised music with guests from the premier league of international improvisers (more details here). On Saturday 26th November at 3pm, a Concurrent workshop led by Graeme Wilson will draw on learning from the premier of Stones, Cloudsl at Concurrent#1. It aims […]

Concurrent #1

Image courtesy of Full Zoom Photography Our first public event, Concurrent#1, took place on 16th January 2016 in Teviot Row House & the Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh. One hundred and thirty people registered for a programme of workshops, discussions and experimental performances by leading UK exponents and thinkers. Musicians and dancers explored listening […]

Distributed creativity: how is new work understood and shaped by an improvising group?

Image: Emma Bowen A Concurrent-organised panel discussion on distributed creativity took place on Saturday 28th November at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. This formed part of GIOFest VIII, eighth of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra’s annual celebrations of improvisation beyond boundaries. Chaired by Graeme Wilson, the panel comprised Raymond MacDonald & Owen Green (all three […]