Philoctetes Center

Jazz Improvisation and the Visual Impulse (September 26, 2010)

Music Performance & Discussion
Participants: Rebecca Allan, Vicky Barranguet, Jane Ira Bloom, Gustavo Casenave, Marty Ehrlich

The world of imagery provides a provocative stimulus for many jazz musicians, and composers and musicians often gravitate towards specific imagery when they look for a visual reflection of their music. Many visual artists work while listening to music, and have very specific preferences about the music that they listen to, frequently referencing the state of mind that music engenders when they work. What is the nature of this mental link between sound and sight in the creative process of artists and musicians? What is it about the improvisational strategy in painting and playing that connects these two disciplines? Two renowned artists, Rebecca Allan and Vicki Barranquet, and three world-class improvisors, multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich, Uruguayan pianist Gustavo Casenave, and saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, come together to talk about and experiment with the real-time connection between visual and musical improvisation. A live demonstration of music-inspired action painting will take place during the event.