Tuesday, August 26, 2008


Hi there!

My name is Kris, and I'm an impro musician. I've been working with various impro groups in Brisbane, Australia, for over 15 years, as well as a short stint with a group in Denver, Colorado. Impro music is a great musical outlet, and I love it.

One thing I've noticed is that, as much as impro is a niche in the world of theatre, music for impro is a niche in a niche. There aren't many musos around who do this sort of thing. It seems like most impro shows use a musician, so there must be at least a few of us out there. I've wondered how we all manage to pick up the craft.

Quite recently, a friend from work has become a fan of one of the regular shows we do here, and he's started dragging his daughter along. His daughter is an accomplished pianist and accompanist (I had to look that up to spell it right), and after watching a few shows she started to get keen on doing some impro music. We have a bunch of different impro groups in Brisbane, and there's always room for another musician, so I'm pretty keen to see her get involved. And she's keen to learn! In our final Impro Gladiators show of the year, I guess she spent the better part of the show listening and mentally taking notes, because she started asking me questions in the break. Like "Why didn't you play anything in that scene?" Sadly, I think I gave her a jokey answer for that one. I was thinking about it afterwards though... I was purposefully silent in that scene. And I had a good reason! Wow, there's actually some technique to this! Hmm.

My good friend Kiesten (one of Brisbane’s legendary improvisers) says that it's good to pass on what you know, and I figure after doing this for a while I must know a few things. So I decided to write them down. And given I'm a big geek, blogging seemed to be the way to go.

Of course, blogging isn’t exactly a perfect match for talking about music. I’m sure there will be times when I’ll link to sound or video files, when ten thousand words won’t do something justice, but 3 seconds of listening to music will.

OK, here goes. The plan is to post about once a week. I figure I've got at least a year's worth of material before I run out of stuff to talk about, and hopefully I can sustain it for longer. I have no idea how many people in the world might find it relevant, or for that matter how many of those people are going to actually find this blog. But at least I will have written something down and maybe passed it on to a few people. If you have a read and enjoy it, or agree with anything, or disagree with anything, or just want to say hello, please leave a comment.

So, welcome to Musical Hotspot.

1 comment:

Barry Bogwhistle said...

I didn't realise I was having such a massive influence on the arts! Never underestimate that mysterious 'friend from work'.

Great site, Kris. Keep it comimg

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