Published : Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 9:51 PM
“The world is a slightly better place for having improvisation in it than it was before. There’s something about it that says something positive about the human spirit,” said the late actor and comedian Del Close.
Jerri Price-Gaines, founder of Clazzical Notes, couldn’t agree more – as those who attend “Spontaneity: The Exhilaration of Improvisation” on Wednesday, June 5, at 7:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles College of Music, will discover.
“The roster of comedians Del Close coached in the art of improvisation reads like a Who’s Who – with students ranging from John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Gilda Radner to Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris – so he was probably thinking of theater when he made that claim,” Price-Gaines muses. “Yet I doubt he’d disagree when I say that what works for comedy also works brilliantly for music. Close believed audiences and performers ‘thrilled and exalted each other.’ At Clazzical Notes, we describe this as ‘finding the sweet spot where pure, interpretive musical expression meets the joy of cultural harmony.’ ”
Creating the ‘sweet spot’ and joy on June 5 are jazz pianist Joey Navarro, vocalist/vocal percussionist Tracy Robertson, and bass player Elin Sandberg. Dancer, storyteller, and self-described “action figure” Eboni Adams will appear as host.
“Spontaneity: The Exhileration of Improvisation” will take place at the Los Angeles College of Music’s Garage Room, located at 370 South Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena, 91105. The performance will be offered Free to the public. Parking is free as well.
For more information about Clazzical Notes, visit www.clazzicalnotes.org or call (626) 833-2750.
Committed to mounting musical connections between seemingly dissimilar ethnic groups, Clazzical Notes addresses these differences and then, through music, explores their common humanity – finding the ‘sweet spot’ where pure, interpretive musical expression meets the joy of cultural harmony.