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The idea of improvisation can be intimidating because we believe that there are only so many right notes and everything else is wrong. Starting with an impromptu jam session with each participant taking turns to do a little introduction around the room, Yuri uses participatory games to take away the fear of wrong notes and introduce the concepts and tools for improvisation. In all activities, listening is the key: listening to ourselves, listening to each other, listening to our environment - even silence - that give us inspirations. What if we express our feelings or play a duet with someone else? Yuri brings a variety of instruments, including objects found around her and will incorporate what are available at school. This workshop is suitable for piano labs, orchestra, band, chorus and even dance or theatre class in collaboration with teachers. A great way to unleash everyone’s creativity. Levels, length and activities will be adjusted according to student skills and class needs.
Yuri Yamamoto, a multifaceted musician and teacher, has emerged as a strong leader of group improvisation through a 4-year Music for People improvisation program. Firmly based on the philosophy that there are no wrong notes in creativity, her dynamic programs are fun, participatory and full of surprises. Using various techniques to unleash peoples' creativity, Yuri encourages participants to listen to and respect each other so that they can communicate to co-create something new. She uses piano and various instruments including body, voice and ordinary objects. Many of Yuri's inspirations come from participants, making each program unique and engaging. As a Japanese immigrant, Yuri honors and incorporates Japanese culture into her programs.