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Improvisation on Four Legs and a Seat
Eighty Texas artists accept Damian Priour's invitation to riff on the idea of chair
"...But now imagine that this improvisation happens not in the immediate and ephemeral medium of..."

Nov. 14, 2008 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

The Spirit of Improvisation
"...Flights of inspiration in music, extended improvisations that lead songs into unexplored territory, can and should..."

Nov. 20, 1998 Music Feature by Christopher Hess

Ecstatic Improvisation
St. Cecilia's Jazz Festival
"...experience. I heard someone say that jazz is ecstatic improvisation - I like that very much. It's a free..."

Aug. 14, 1998 Music Feature by Christopher Hess

No Idea Festival Q&A
Improvisational guru Chris Cogburn explains the matrix
"...Idea is a breed apart. Now 14, the free improvisation/experimental endeavor exists outside of music industry mechanics with values..."

Feb. 16, 2017 Music Post by Michael Toland

Miles Ahead
Don Cheadle stars in and directs this unusual Miles Davis biopic
"...believably true. The film is a riff, a controlled improvisation, that builds on known facts to speculate about the..."

April 15, 2016 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

MerlinWorks Works the Improv Wizardry at ZACH
Teaching that whole yes-and thing at the city's shiny core of theatre
"...we did a round-up of local, well-established schools of improvisation?..."

Jan. 16, 2015 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Spontaneous Convergence
Chris Cogburn's No Idea Festival risks improvisation
"...during the 1960s, when jazz suddenly became "free," but improvisation goes back hundreds of years and has never had..."

Feb. 15, 2008 Music Feature by Audra Schroeder

A Royal Affair
Palace intrigue, bodice-ripping, and revolutionary thought: If only this costume drama about Danish monarchs behaving badly delivered on its promise.
"...heavy with solemnity and gasping for the energy of improvisation, is not. (The framing device is a mistake.) Audiences..."

Dec. 7, 2012 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

This Oscar-nominated Israeli film reveals not only the divides between Jews and Arabs, but also those between Muslims and Christians, young and old, men and women, and rich and poor.
"...mostly nonprofessional actors and a bare-bones script (allowing for improvisation), these two unlikely directorial partners manage to lay to..."

April 23, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

“Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser” at the Blanton
Driven by untamable curiosity and over-the-top commitment, the artist makes work that revels in improvisation and play
"...convince me of something philosophical. Instead it revels in improvisation and play, dynamics that are typically overlooked in artmaking,..."

May 12, 2017 Arts Review by Sam Anderson-Ramos

The Innovators
Part 2 of "Jazz," by Harvey Pekar
"...was about to take place. At that time, jazz improvisation was almost always based on the foundation of the..."

June 15, 2001 Music Feature by Harvey Pekar

Between Ships and Static
The "grandfather of Austin's avant-garde," Rick Reed, only don't call him that!
"...complicated legacy in a city where experimental art and improvisation have been largely left out of the narrative...."

May 20, 2016 Music Feature by Conor Walker

Everybody Must Get 'Stoned'
Improv Guru Keith Johnstone brings his Maestro to the Long Center
"...coming to Austin to direct a night of Maestro improvisation...."

Jan. 15, 2010 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Off the Cuff and in Your City
A roundup of Austin improv schools
"...Consider improvisation, comedic and otherwise. What it takes to make something..."

Aug. 28, 2009 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

OoBer Alles
A guide to the troupes in the 2007 Out of Bounds Improv Festival
"...a more thoughtful (though no less compelling) style of improvisation."

Aug. 31, 2007 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Performing in the Moment
"...process for us. The process includes a lot of improvisational dancing together, then talking about it, improvising again, then..."

May 7, 1999 Arts Feature by Barbejoy Ponzio

Record Reviews
Abbey Lincoln
"...Stop Shuffle" is the type of breakneck, seat-of-their-pants group improvisation the band is known for. Similarly, "Kermit" sports a..."

April 2, 1999 Music Review

Straddling Jazz
The Golden Arm Trio
" this ever-evolving Austin endeavor, the creative journey of improvisation comes in far ahead of commitment to a form...."

June 12, 1998 Music Feature by Greg Beets

Guide to Austin Improv
The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown
"...mid-Eighties, the capital of Texas hadn't much use for improvisation, preferring its humor from stand-up comics and sketch troupes..."

Aug. 26, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Tonal Proximity
NMASS matured into Austin's foremost showcase of performance sound art, audiovisual improvisation, nonconformative music, and sensory installations
"...into Austin's foremost showcase of performance sound art, audiovisual improvisation, nonconformative music, and sensory installations, all from an array..."

June 24, 2016 Music Feature by Conor Walker

Punjabi Powerhouse: Red Baraat
Brooklynites connect Indian and New Orleans brass bands
"...and other modern and contemporary jazz. So I wanted improvisation to definitely be a strong component of it even..."

April 5, 2013 Music Post by Thomas Fawcett

'The Art of Listening'
In her new book, choreographer Darla Johnson shares her secrets for making dance
"...Johnson was a fiery dance maker, determined to incorporate improvisation into the making of great art. And that she..."

Aug. 17, 2012 Arts Feature by Andrew Long

Dissecting Tune-yards' ‘Whokill’ with FFFS's Merrill Garbus.
"...a lot of these songs were borne out of improvisation?..."

Nov. 3, 2011 Music Post by Melanie Haupt

Sharing the Dance
A new generation of Austin choreographers is expanding our concept of dance through the combination of movement styles and traditions from across the globe, and Barbejoy Ponzio talks to them about the part fusion plays in their work.
"...classical dance in the context of Balinese music. Contact improvisation, modern dance, and yoga furiously whip together to deliciously..."

Jan. 21, 2000 Arts Feature by Barbejoy A. Ponzio

Q&A: Henry Threadgill
Master improviser speaks on sustaining creativity
"...AC: You’re known for both composition and improvisation, which seems counterintuitive. When you’re onstage, how deep is..."

April 6, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Making It Personal
Lynn Shelton on the creative process behind 'Your Sister's Sister'
"...his actors for months, building a script from their improvisations. Once that script has been written, however, it's written,..."

June 29, 2012 Screens Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Kicking Television
Nels Cline sings low
"...there are individuals with whom I treasure playing spontaneous improvisation. I really enjoy spontaneous improvisation in the duo format..."

July 11, 2008 Music Post by Austin Powell

Summer Camp Guide
"...weeks combine into one camp to teach acting and improvisational skills, culminating in a performance on the final night;..."

April 28, 2006 Features Feature by Nora Ankrum

Improvising Every Second
The secret history of Austin Circle of Theaters director Latifah Taormina, from Second City to the Committee and beyond
"...How can an out-of-work actor not want the part? "Improvisation wasn't my thing. In class we used improvisation to,..."

March 10, 2006 Arts Feature by Lowell Bartholomee

Dance Fever
With Hot September Flurries, a corps of Austin choreographers burn up the Blue all month long
"...Caroline Sutton Clark (Wicked Cricket Dance Theatre), Lauren Tietz (Improvisation Movement Project), Ray Eliot Schwartz (Elsewhere Dance Theater), Amy..."

Sept. 16, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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