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ImprovFreedom

Explore the realm of improvisation in the arts.

Monday Night Improv Session

Centered in Vienna, connected to the world.

Whether it’s an inspiring quasi-tune or a commitment to play music from the heart of the pyjama, free improv embraces no traditions while establishing a few of its own. In the time that the global online troupe Monday Night Improv Sessions has been together as a melange of acoustic, electric, movement, visual artists, and performers, it has captured the spirit of the Lockdown-Hausschuhe-style online event experience in free improvisation with super sophistication and fostered a novel performance approach to roll out some truly wild sounds and moves. You are warmly invited to participate as a performer or audience member for your next online recreation, enlightenment, SoDi party, reception or function.

All are welcome. OK let’s break this down a little:

All means anyone interested, regardless of ability, in participating as a musician, dancer, poet, visual artist, spectator, sound engineer the list is open. 

Welcome means you will experience the spirit of our desire to communicate online in this strange age.

Out of the restricted situation in 2020, we were unable to improvise together in the same physical space. Defiantly, we did not let that hinder us from participating in regular free improv sessions. We are talking about free to all and free in style on an international level! We continue to explore the virtual realm of improv via Zoom, even as things begin to open up again.

This is the time to thank all the wonderful improvisers who have been involved with the Monday night sessions. Your support, encouragement, contributions of time, technical advise, audiovisual editing, intriguing creativity, humor, and inquisitiveness are truly appreciated.

Saturday Night Improv Session

Since 2021, another session has been added to the free improv realm! All are welcome to join in on Saturdays.

Monday & Saturday Night
Improv Sessions

Please contact Elisabeth for further enquiries.

ImprovFreedom

ImprovFreedom online workshops with Elisabeth Kelvin

…powerful, experimental, workshop sessions …

With the increasing online emphasis in the improv realm, many people enquire about how to be involved. ImprovFreedom is centered in Vienna and connected to the world! The concept brings Elisabeth’s expertise and experience together with your desire to improvise with freedom and fluency. ImprovFreedom offers you the opportunity to adventure into the world on free improv through the online weekly workshop*. 2021 and beyond is going to challenge us with what we are able to do in the live performance sector. It feels like only yesterday that we could buy a ticket and go to a show. Here is a brief time line that leads to why ImprovFreedom is vital to all creative people:

2019: SARS-CoV-2 (formally known as Covid19) turned our lives inside out. What was private is public and what was assumed is scrutinised. The live-music scene went into a deep coma. Online opportunities opened up the way we communicate and meet other people.

2020: It is with perseverance and continued necessity to make music with other fine musicians as well as share my consummate knowledge that ImprovFreedom was developed. Designed for beginners, inquisitive learners, seasoned professionals desiring change, these powerful, experimental workshop sessions have more than meets the eyes, ears, mouth, heart, and mind.

2021: Time to recalibrate and celebrate. This is a drop-in weekly workshop for those interested in participating in the realm of free improvisation. Delve into new and remixed sounds, sights, movements, words, and ideas. 

Today: Let’s do this! Booking is simple.You are welcome to check out the link below for further details.

ImprovFreedom

*Modest fees apply.

The Skinny

  • Welcome: musicians, dancers, artists, poets, rappers, and audiences.
  • Sessions: recorded and available to the participants.
  • Zoom: links available two hours before the scheduled session.
  • Experience: results may be found here YouTube Playlist.

Contact Elisabeth

© 2021 Elisabeth Kelvin

By Elisabeth Kelvin

Elisabeth Kelvin
D.M.A., M.Mus., B.Mus.
Musician and Visual Artist

Elisabeth Kelvin’s creative practice blends the visual with the aural – she paints what she hears and plays what she sees. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a Masters, then Doctorate of Musical Arts from Michigan State University. Early experiences as an orchestral musician with numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, alerted Elisabeth to the importance of precise communication and potential of the collective in music making. Her extensive chamber music experience from classical standards by Mozart, Schubert, and Brahms through to twentieth century composers including Stravinsky, Messiaen, Sculthorpe, and Boulez, awakened in her a sense of exquisite balance and refinement that has carried on into her contemporary performances. As a lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, the Tamworth Conservatorium of Music in regional Australia and working with contemporary indigenous artists, she was introduced to the role and meaning of place in social connectivity, improvisation, symbolic and abstract art, and movement in live performance. Elisabeth performs professionally in the USA, Europe and Australia, presenting her own compositions, collaborations, and jazz greats. Her musical practice centres around woodwind instruments, primarily clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone, as well as integrating her art with music composition and improvisation. Most recently, she was invited to play and exhibit at the Währinger Improv Festival (Vienna), Frühlingsfest at Galerie Alma Kulturcafe (Vienna), COOK, EAT and CLEAN/Smoke and Mirrors saloon, V:NM Festival Graz/Vol.12 (Graz), and the Viennese premiere of Breathcore in collaboration with the Belgium-based new music ensemble Ictus at the 2019 Wiener Festwochen, and was guest soloist at the recent Foundation IHOS Amsterdam concert series. Elisabeth was invited to participate in a collaborative social media project with the new international arts group, perform solo at Raw Matters Theater Group, and participate in several festivals including Cook, Eat, Clean, Hear me Roar, Grotto Futura, Lärm, and the Midleton Arts Festival. Future plans include involvement with the Youth program at the famous Wiener Volkstheater. Collaborative works in 2020 include a multimedia presentation, commissioned through Velak, with composer John Plankenhorn .

Elisabeth launched her professional visual arts practice in 2000, and has staged solo exhibitions and participated in collaborative shows in USA, Australia, and Austria. She became an active member of One+2 Artist Studios, Sydney in 2009. Her visual arts work, abstractions of body movement and music, encompasses a range of media including oil, watercolour, pastel, ink and mixtures. She exhibits her art at galleries and festivals and business. Recent career highlights include a well-received solo exhibition, Harbour City Tones and Colours, at Salerno Gallery (Sydney), and a series of solo and group shows in Galerie Contemplor, GalerieTakt, Reinl Galerie, and in grand palatial halls such as Historisches Volksmuseum (Konstante Art Fair, Vienna) or intimate wine bars like Vinotek Rochus. Her visual arts exhibitions include performance elements as she plays her paintings.

By being now based in the city of her grandparents, she is rediscovering her own cultural heritage. From upper-story Vienna windows, she imagines she hears long-forgotten songs, conversation or dampened piano chords still crisscrossing streets and years. Elisabeth currently creates music, art, and movement events – along with being a founding member of Gentle Enquiry – performs and exhibits throughout Europe as a soloist and with Ozmosis, Leo Taudin and his Art Orchestra, Vienna Improvisors Orchestra, Stolen Moments, Free Form-Just Music and Trio Amacord+. During the COVID19 Crisis, Elisabeth initiated both the Monday Night C19 Improv Sessions and Art in the Age of Isolation, online multimedia improvisation projects.

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