Report and Pics from last week’s Improv Class

We had an excellent time last week at the Portland Cello Project’s Demo and Class at Lewis & Clark College.

Sorry we had no real camera that night- here’s what an older semi-crummy cell phone will get you:

Performance

Performance

Class

Class

After treating the audience (73% of whom were also cellists) to a performance of several of his electronically enhanced pieces, Skip VonKuske moved on to explain how he approaches improvisatory playing. He finished by inviting all to the stage and led us in an impromptu reworking of a basic chord progression accompanied by some beats from his computer. Our groove inspired him to vamp on both Mission Impossible and Also Sprach Zarathustra- something for everyone in the mix.

If you missed the evening, you can find CDs from both Portland Cello Project and Skip VonKuske. They’re excellent local low-string talent!