Jazz Night School offers workshops from artists such as Tuck Andress, Allison Miller, Rene Hart, Anton Schwartz, Mark Elf, Mark Taylor, Garey Williams, Inga Swearingen, Jared Hall…
Upcoming Workshops At Jazz Night School
March 19th, 2017 – 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Naomi Moon Siegel: Finding Balance in Improvisation – The Feminine Principle
Masculine and feminine principles have nothing to do with gender but provide balance and contrast in beautiful ways. Each of us is a unique expression of feminine and masculine. In a culture and music that tends to over-value masculine qualities, I am shedding more light and putting more value on the often overlooked feminine quality.
A lot of mainstream jazz and young students’ first introductions to jazz & improvisation highlight/value the masculine qualities of the music – virtuosic, verbose, lots of notes, high, fast, loud, flashy, complex, being a soloist. Some folks, like Sherrie Tucker, theorize over-masculinization in jazz began with the advent of bebop. There’s nothing inherently wrong with these masculine qualities – in fact they are necessary. But it’s equally important to balance them out with subtler feminine principles: listening, intuition, interconnectedness, community, space, darkness, back-body…. etc.
In this workshop, I direct participants in improvisation exercises to intentionally hold feminine qualities in their awareness as they play. Participants will gain new tools and ways to approach improvising, practicing, and performing.