Conducted Improvisation Ensemble

7/10 - 8/21 (7 weeks) no class 7/17 - make up date TBD

Conducted Improvisation Ensemble
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles
Day Wed
Instructor Lisa Mezzacappa
Status inperson event

All improvisers on all instruments are welcome to learn the basics of conducted improvisation. Mezzacappa will teach members of the ensemble cues based on (but not limited to) Butch Morris’ influential “Conduction” method, for shaping and directing free improvisation in the moment. This is a great way to get comfortable improvising without charts or tunes if you haven’t before or to continue to develop your voice as an improviser at any level while deepening your listening skills. Members of the class will also lead their own conducted improvisations. Culminates in a live performance at the end of the term. 

Wednesdays 6:30 – 8 pm
7/10 – 8/21 (7 weeks) no class 7/17 – make up date TBD
Lisa Mezzacappa, $290

Please note: This class culminates in a performance in the final week of the term (week 7). All Jazzschool student performances are free and open to the public! Please confirm your availability for the performance date (the week 7 class meeting date) before finalizing your registration in this class.

An audition is not required for this ensemble. Please contact Jazzschool Director Rob Ewing at for a brief consultation before registering.

Ensembles take place IN-PERSON at the California Jazz Conservatory. 

About Lisa Mezzacappa

Berkeley, CA-based composer, bassist, and producer Lisa Mezzacappa has been an active part of California’s vibrant music community for nearly 20 years. Her activities as a composer and ensemble leader include ethereal chamber music, electro-acoustic works, adventurous jazz, non-traditional opera, music for groups from duo to large ensemble, and collaborations with film, dance, and visual art. Recent projects include Cosmicomics, a suite for electro-acoustic jazz sextet based on Italo’s Calvino’s stories about the origins of the cosmos; Organelle, a chamber work for improvisers grounded in scientific processes; Glorious Ravage, an evening-length song cycle for large ensemble and films drawn from the writings of Victorian lady adventurers; and Touch Bass, a collaboration with choreographer Risa Jaroslow. She also co-leads the community improvisation ensemble, the duo B. Experimental Band, with drummer Jason Levis, and is collaborating with writer Beth Lisick on the serial audio opera The Electronic Lover.