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World and Improvisation Centre - A Creative Collaboration in Music

World and Improvisation Centre (WIC) is a platform for collaboration between musician educational programmes in improvisation and world music.
The goal is to bring together broader expertise, raise quality and integrate research and development in teaching. As a student in the programmes, you have access to both teachers and ongoing research in both fields. In addition, students meet and collaborate across genres in their joint courses.

Photo: Stig-Magnus Thorsén

Katrien Hermans plays double bass and moved to Gothenburg from Belgium to study in the master's programme in improvisation. Agnes Åhlund is a singer studying in the world music programme, specialising in Swedish folk music.

KH: If you are interested in collaborating, all you have to do is ask. It's really great that the courses, improvisation and world music all are located in the same corridor. It's easy to work together, and the social aspect plays a huge role. For example, many students on the improvisation programme also want to try playing with a percussionist instead of a regular drummer. Or you can combine your studies with a module in Swedish folk music.

AÅ: And right now we are collaborating in Katrien's degree concert! There also are many people within world music who are interested to improvising. You learn from each other.

KH: Improvising musicians can be rather reserved otherwise, and most are also men. Here at the Academy, it is easier to go up to someone and ask, and the programme encourages it. It's like swimming around in a comfortable, warm pool. You just have to not forget to also make contacts outside, too.

AÅ: I've taken part in both programmes, switching from improvisation to world music. The primary difference is in what you learn: Improvisation is more about knowing yourself and your artistic expression, while world music is more focused on learning traditions.

Questions and answers:

What is included in WIC?

WIC consists of two bachelor's programmes (improvisationworld music) and two master's programmes (Improvisation and world music, Improvisation: The composing musician [NoCom]). The core of WIC consists of the teachers and the students from those four programmes. The programmes also include doctoral studies, currently with doctoral students Uwe Steinmetz and Magda Mayas in improvisation.

Why WIC?

  • Working with renewal and transcending genres as an artistic method is an important aspect in both programmes.
  • Like musicians involved in the project, many of the teachers are have a distinct identity in both improvisational music and world music. The artistic visions are more important than separate styles.
  • We can benefit from each other’s experiences with artistic and educational issues. With our various specialities, we have inspired and developed each other as educators and artists.
  • Both programmes focus on music played by ear that is usually performed in small ensembles.
  • The labour market looks similar in both genres, with many working on a freelance basis after their educations.

What does this mean for me as a student?

  • You will have access to teachers, researchers and students from both programmes.
  • There are several joint projects and courses, such as joint ensemble projects with various visiting lecturers, courses in theatrical and musical communication and the freelance world.

 

Page Manager: Tobias Egle|Last update: 10/27/2017
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