Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland College Park
8270 Alumni Dr
College Park, MD 20742
Kris Bergstrom has written groundbreaking pieces like "Gengakki", "Jack Bazaar", and "Radiddlepa" but considers himself an "uncertain composer". In this 2-hour lecture/demonstration, Bergstrom guides participants through the techniques that have helped him overcome his fears of composition and choreography to find compelling creations, with hands-on composition exercises to reveal practical details.
- introductions: name, favorite thing you've made
- initial questions
-- favorite and least-favorite taiko pieces (or moments)
-- what does the act of "composition" look like?
approach 1: "literal composition"
- exercise: converting "Mark" into music
approach 2: "exploration"
- tone exercise: edge vs center
- rhythm exercise: the joy of expectation
approach 3: "deconstruction"
- exercise: "trap"-style rhythm, borrowing the bass part
clean and close
Inspired ideas from the participants, any number of which could be whole song sections.
What would be a good 1-minute ender to a composition workshop?