Modernizing European Higher Music Education Through Improvisation
Large Ensemble

"Cuts" Improvisation with Christoph Baumann

Christoph Baumann | HSLU (Lucerne University of Applied Arts)

Basic rules

On every cut, you have always the three possibilities:

1  I continue with the same thing

2  I play something new, something different.

3  I don’t play (Tacet)

4  Cuts will be given from a conductor, or can also be given from band members. (Also acoustic and optic signs from elsewhere can lead the process in the same manner.)

Further rules

5 Between two cuts, you should not change the musical subject but a parametric development of the used material is possible.

6 You also should not enter or leave in between two cuts.

7 Every reaction has to be placed precise on the cut.

Further Aspects

- Network of ideas: Development and integration  of own material or material proposed by the other players can be used.

- Play with contrast: if you change your material, it could be also a contrast to what you played before or to what is played by the group before

- But you can also refer to things you played before.

Additional Ideas

- Memory: The memorising  signe of the conductor means that you have to memorize what you are playing right in this moment.

-  If the cue (memory 1/2/3....) comes again, you play the same again what is related to this memory.

-  More than one Memory signs are possible

Tonal enlargement

Signs are:
- what Key
- Minor, Major
- Up or down-movement in halftone or whole tone Steps

Author Christoph Baumann

Institution HSLU (Lucerne University of Applied Arts)

Players Noemi von Felten Harfe/Cataldo Glauco Guit/Guo Wen  Horn/Inglin Jonas Posaune/Karbacher Eva-Maria Sax/Moor Laurin Bass/Ruckli Christoph Bass/Werger Valerio Bass/Schorro Raphael Piano/Thomas Thibaud Drums

Date of recording 28.06.2017

Editor/Director/Camera Lena Maeder/Roman Hodel