14-14 April 2023


Tickets: €5 includes refreshments


This event is part of Music Current 2023, view the full programme here.

Show Time: 2pm (Duration 3 hours)

Facilitators: Izumi Kimura and Cora Venus Lunny

This workshop is primarily designed for performers and composers. However, we welcome all participants, including teachers, listeners and people from any field or discipline.

Improvisation, or spontaneous composition, is a tool for obtaining higher musicianship, instrumental technique, communication, confidence, flexibility, imagination, and sensitivity, all while having fun.

What do I need to bring?
Just bring your own curiosity for exploring and practicing improvisation together in a judgement-free space; an open mind and ear; and an ambition to welcome the unknown.

What is the process? 
We practice improvisation by improvising. We explore listening, independent thinking, and how to make musical agreements in real-time. There are exercises that get the ball rolling but primarily we learn to improvise by exploring interaction with each other. All participants will contribute by bringing their presence. In the shared space we can find entrances to the playground of musical possibility from any sound and silence. We will learn together how to trust our impulses and intuitions. Sound is the teacher.

What will I get from the experience? 
The outcome is unique to each individual, everyone will learn whatever she or he needs to learn the most. The goal is not to create a ‘finished’ piece of music, but to nourish the environment for any seed of music to grow continuously. New music will emerge by the way of the process.


If you require assistance for your visit, please do not hesitate to contact us at access@projectartscentre.ie or call 01 8819 613 . You can find the latest information about Project’s accessibility here.


“Improvisation means coming prepared, but not attached to the preparation. Everything flows into the creative act in progress. Come prepared, but be willing to accept interruptions and invitations. Trust that the product of your preparation is not your papers and plans, but yourself.”

“Interruption means having your concentration spoiled: but nothing can spoil your concentration if every change that comes into your sensorium is part of the game.”
– Stephen Nachmanovitch

“Sometimes we blur the distinction between art and life; sometimes we try to clarify it. We don’t stand on one leg. We stand on both.”

“A sound is a sound. To realize this one has to put a stop to studying music.”
– John Cage


Supported by the Arts Council; Arts Mentor Foundation Lucerne; Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin; City of Hamburg (Behörde für Kultur und Medien); IMRO; Studio4

Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.

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