Improvisatory Images

  • Any Solo Instrument with Audience Participation
  • Completed: 16 October 2020; Premiered: 16 October 2020
  • Sheet Music Plus

This composition is entirely improvised. The performer improvises a “commentary” on a series of ten images shown in a PowerPoint slideshow. The performer will not have seen the images prior to the performance. Each slide advances automatically after 20 seconds. The performer is expected to respond to each new image by changing the ongoing improvisation in either subtle or dramatic ways.

Before the performance, audience members are invited to submit images to be used in the piece. From these submissions, an algorithm built into the supplied PowerPoint file randomly selects and loads ten images.

The piece was created as part of my Rooftop Trombone v2.0 series during the second lockdown in Malaysia due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Improvisatory Poetry is a companion piece involving poetry submitted and read by the audience.


Don Bowyer
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