Moguilevsky Solo‬

Alan Bern Present-Time Composition

Isabelle Marx Solo‬

Bern & Moguilevsky Duo

Winter Edition 2013 Orchestra Improv‬

Read more about the OMA Improvisation Project’s approach to improvisation:
To improvise music, to create music spontaneously, is not a trick or something exotic, but a fundamental understanding and ability that inform the way one hears, interprets and creates any kind of music. There are many approaches to music improvisation. Some of them teach improvisation as a "technique" using harmonic, melodic and rhythmic formulas, often at the sacrifice of creativity. Others emphasize creativity and freedom, but often at the expense of basic musical skills.

In the OMA Improvisation Project, participants work directly with inspiring artist-educators who have developed their own, original approaches to music improvisation that emphasize both sides - creativity and musical fundamentals. For classical musicians, this workshop can change how you understand written music. For jazz, folk, pop and other improvising musicians, this workshop can help you develop your own individual style and sound and open your ears to another level of musical communication.

What is PTC?
Alan Bern is the creator of Present-Time Composition, a musical and educational approach informed by cognitive science that integrates the methods of improvisation and composition. The fundamental principle of PTC is that highly complex musical decisions, normally thought to be the domain of composition, can be improvised in real time and communicated within a group, to produce a collectively improvised composition that is aesthetically comparable with music composed traditionally by individuals. This involves extensive training with step-by-step exercises that teach the musician how to reduce increasingly complex musical perceptions to apparently simple and immediate impulses. Currently, Bern is in the process of developing a certification program for PTC.

Other Music Academy (OMA) Improvisation Project Workshop @ The Exploratorium Berlin
April 5-10, 2020

Present-Time Composition (PTC) + Body/Breath/Voice
With Alan Bern (D/US), Nicolaas Cottenie (B), Birthe Bendixen (D)

January 23, 2020 Update
We’re very pleased to announce that the 2020 session of the OMA Improvisation Project Workshop will take place at the Exploratorium Berlin, from April 5-10. The workshop will focus on Present-Time Composition (PTC) for introductory through intermediate levels (for all instruments and voice), as well as body, breath and voice for all musicians and especially for vocalists.

Since its creation in 2005, hundreds of musicians have been introduced to Alan Bern’s Present-Time Composition (PTC) and found it to be a powerful approach to creating music spontaneously, bridging improvisation and composition. PTC can transform how you hear, understand and make music, even if you are already an experienced improviser. In this workshop, Alan Bern will be assisted by Nicolaas Cottenie, who has taught PTC at the Antwerp Conservatory, at the Berlin Exploratorium and elsewhere in Europe. The third workshop leader will be Birthe Bendixen, a highly respected vocal performer and teacher and a major presence on the New Music scene in Germany and internationally whose work explores deep connections between artistic creativity and self-realization through the voice, breath and body. She joins the OMA Improvisation Project team for the first time and we welcome her very warmly!

The workshop is open for improvisers with and without PTC experience as well as for musicians who have never improvised before. The atmosphere of this workshop is open, relaxed and supportive and at the same time intense and challenging. It is aimed at instrumentalists and vocalists with intermediate through advanced technique, moderate through extensive experience with music improvisation and no experience through intermediate experience with PTC. The workshop will be taught in English. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide translations if necessary (German), but there is no guarantee that each teaching session will be translated into all languages spoken by all participants.

IMPORTANT! In order for the workshop to take place, there must be at least 15 registered participants by March 15. If not, we will have to cancel it this time, and anyone who has registered will get a full refund. So please register as soon as possible to help make sure that it happens! And please consider getting workshop travel insurance, so that in the worst case you get back the money you would have spent on travel.

Workshop leaders:
Alan Bern (D/US): PTC
Nicolaas Cottenie (B): PTC
Birthe Bendixen (D): Body/Breath/Voice

Registration and more information:
Fee 300 Euro
Registration deadline: March 15, 2020
>> Download the registration form (PDF)
>> Download conditions of participation (PDF)

For all informations and questions please contact vivien.zeller at othermusicacademy.eu