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Hosted by Dr. Sue Barber, Dr. Jeanette Zyko, and the JMU Double Reed Club

Join us on November 6, 2022 for an introduction to improvisation for all levels of double reed players!

rabinowitz.pngGuest Jazz Bassoonist, Michael Rabinowitz, will lead an improvisation workshop with an emphasis on improvisation and exploring this nontraditional double reed musical role. The workshop will present exercises that will increase technical proficiency and explore rhythmic jazz phrasing and articulation. 

Register for the Workshop

Tentative Schedule:

  • 9:30am - Registration
  • 10:00am-10:30am - Opening performance by Michael Rabinowitz with Dr. Sue Barber & Dr. Jeanette Zyko
  • 10:30am-12:00pm - Session #1
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm - Lunch
  • 1:30pm-3:00 - Session #2

Vendors will be on hand with double reed supplies:

More about Michael Rabinowitz

Whether blowing bebop over a Mingus tune or freely improvising with Anthony Braxton, Michael Rabinowitz's contributions have changed the conception of what the bassoon can do. Since graduating with a BFA in music performance from SUNY at Purchase in the late seventies Michael's improvisatory skills opened the door for the bassoon to enter a variety of musical environments not traditionally associated with the instrument.

He has recorded with Ira Sullivan, Red Rodney, Wynton Marsalis, John Hicks, Dave Douglas, Chris Potter and Joe Lovano. His festival appearances include Chicago, Montreal, Berlin, Tri-city, Tanglewood, San Francisco and Hollywood Bowl. Michael is a founding member of The Charles Mingus Orchestra which can be heard regularly at the jazz clubs in NYC. His quartet Bassoon In the Wild has performed at the The Vanderbilt Planetarium, Frick Museum, JVC Jazz Festival, Penn State, Kavehaz and other venues in NYC. Unchartered Waters is Michael's 6th CD and documents the development of his quartet with mostly original compositions. Buffet Crampon USA has been Michael's sponsor for the past twenty years and has supported his participation in performances and master classes at the IDRS most notably the Jazz at June Festival in Oklahoma with oboist Paul McCandless. In 2009 Michael was awarded a grant from Chamber Music of America in collaboration with French oboist Jean Luc Fillon and released their CD On the Reed Again. In 2014, Michael formed a group called The Odd Couple Quintet with jazz horn virtuoso John Clark. Michael has conducted masters classes at many universities and has released six feature albums.

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