John Russell

Beside his lifelong commitment to performing and promoting improvised music, John is a veteran improvisation workshop leader. Four workshops are planned during this tour, giving local musicians a great opportunity to attend one of John's workshops as well meet other local players. Places are limited, so please register interest swiftly!

Tues 23rd April - Birmingham, Sound Kitchen - Elgar Concert Hall, new Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham. 2pm - 4pm // sign up

Weds 24th April - Brighton, Safehouse - The Friend's Meeting House.  3pm - 5pm  // buy a ticket

Sat 27th April - Oxford, Oxford Improvisers - The Oxford Brookes drama studio, 10:30am - 1pm // buy a ticket

Mon 29th April - Newcastle, A Better Noise - Morden Tower, 2pm - 4pm // sign up

To register interest, please either sign up above or contact the promoters through their website referencing 'Mopomoso workshop'.

John's workshops in free improvisation are generally open for players of all abilities and any instrumentation but can be tailored to suit the circumstance (age, experience, instrument etc.). In general, subjects include listening, the nature of sound, ways to interact with other players, the nature of free improvisation, getting the most from your instrument and optimising your capabilities. A number of participatory exercises and structures evolved from working with other musicians are used in a practical way to highlight different aspects in the music and the overall structure is built towards a live performance programme.

John Russell has given workshops in free improvisation for Bedfordshire Education, The Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Offene Ohren Munich, Ivan Illich School Bologna, Centro Cultural Sao Paulo and as offshoots to his own Quaqua projects. He has also taught Jazz guitar at the City Literary Institute and worked in youth and adult education schemes for the London Borough´s of Camden, Harringey, Westminster and Wandsworth.

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