The New Haven
Improvisers Collective is a loose organization of people who support
participate in improvised music. We run regular workshops to
foster the community, help each other develop musically, and have some
fun. We perform from time to time in different configurations and
contexts to see what is possible. We support the
music, the musician, and the community.
Improvised music has a lot to
offer the musician and music lover. All musicians will benefit
from a practice of letting go of their usual constraints. We will
not teach you how to improvise, you already know how. NHIC
provides the opportunity to develop your skills and awareness and be
part of something that is about the music and the group. For music
lovers, improvised music gives us the opportunity to be
closer to music at its creation. This can be exciting and
transcendent in ways that cannot be matched by other forms of
expression. The lack of commercial appeal of this music keeps it
pure and allows easier and more affordable access to world class
One will get out of NHIC in proportion to what you can put into it, but
there are no minimums. Be part of it in any measure that your
life allows. And if your life doesn't allow it for awhile, come
back later. NHIC will be here.
MUSICIANS - all styles and all
instruments are welcome. All musicians with an interest will
benefit. Here are some thoughts on categories of musicians and
how they can benefit.
- People who want to be involved in the music in non-musician roles are
- Hone your skills, meet other musicians and keep yourself open to new
ideas. Get yourself known in the community of musicians
and to the public through collective propaganda. Know about the
- Virtuosity is not a requirement, nor is abundant time.
Bring desire and humility and give whatever you can.
Jazz Players - The music of NHIC is not strictly Jazz, but it will help
even those musicians who usually play changes. A freer
place to play outside will open up new avenues for playing inside.
Players - Get outside the box and bring your energy.
Players - Get beyond the written page. Bring your technical
facility and ears.
- Bring your innovation, your beats, your ...
Owners - If you have a place that is interested in hosting NHIC
workshops or events, join and keep in touch.
- If you would like to help put on shows, we need you.
- You are an important part of the musical experience and your presence
directly affects the creation of the music.
Engineers - Help us make it sound good.
People - Play the music and promote the group and enjoy the benefits of
: I am a guitar player and a great lover of leading edge
improvised music. I host a Jazz radio program on WNHU that focuses on jazz
and free jazz oriented music. By profession I am an electrical
engineer specializing in designing high-end audio and video equipment
at AeVee Laboratories. I took
degrees in Electrical Engineering (Digital Signal Processing) at UCONN
University. I live with my family in the wonderful town of New
Haven, CT. email