My involvement with Fraser Trainer this week has been as part of an improvisation group consisting of 14 ANAM students. We had daily sessions that began with the team and trust building exercises of throwing bean-filled balls to each other.
During sessions we experimented with a range of different styles of musical improvisation. It is an incredibly liberating experience to be unbound from the limitations of notated music and set free to create something equally as exciting, ‘something out of nothing’, so to speak, with your colleagues.
Fraser emphasised that all kinds of people should be able to enjoy, and also participate in, high quality music making. Using his tools for creating effective improvisations helps us classically trained folk to realise how simple and rewarding it can be to collaborate with ‘all kinds of people’ in the community.