Modernizing European Higher Music Education Through Improvisation

The Ostinato Game

Karst de Jong |Royal Conservatoire, The Hague

Two players (or more) improvise on the basis of interlocking ostinatos. The subject of the exercise is rhythmic communication and sharing of a pulse. One player will start presenting an ostinato figure. The second player improvises an interlocking ostinato, sharing the same pulse. Once the ostinatos are established, player one develops an improvisation while player two keeps the ostinato. Player one comes back to the original interlocking pattern and player two develops an improvisation. After player two returns, both players once more play the interlocking pattern and try to make a natural ending.

Author Karst de Jong

Institution Royal Conservatoire, The Hague

Players Sebastian Espinoza Carrasco, Onni Toikka, Marc Nogués, Samuel Ber

Date and place of recording The Hague, 04.03.2017

Editor / Director/ Camera Eduard Figueres