Improv Zoo Ensemble: Games and Tools for Creative Growth

Thursdays, 8:15 - 9:45 pm 7/6 - 8/10 (5 weeks) no class 8/3

Improv Zoo Ensemble: Games and Tools for Creative Growth
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles, Theory and Improvisation
Day Thu
Instructor Jennifer Jolly
Status inperson event

We all improvise in daily life, yet we often feel stuck or inhibited when playing music. In this ensemble, we’ll check out numerous fun, non-traditional improv games and experiences to loosen up our creative voices (hint: this is not a class on how to play over ii-V-I chord changes). Activities include creating grooves together from scratch, body percussion, call and response, prompts (art, poems, chance elements), free improv, “soundtracking” to films and stories, walkabouts, and much more. You can expect to stretch creatively and feel more free playing both on your own and with others. This is a non-performing ensemble, so we’ll keep our focus on fun in the present moment. Open to instrumentalists and vocalists at all levels. Materials provided by the instructor.

Please note: enrollment for this class is first-come, first-served, but placement approval is required, as there are limited openings for each instrument. If you would like to register, please email for more information.

Thursdays, 8:15 – 9:45 pm
7/6 – 8/10 (5 weeks) no class 8/3
Jennifer Jolly, $230 (in-person)

About Jennifer Jolly

B.A. UC Berkeley. Keyboards/melodica, guitar, percussion, vocals, composer/arranger, bandleader. Specialist in blues/boogie, R&B/funk, Americana, New Orleans, rock, Caribbean, and African roots music. Founder of Jennifer Jolly & Friends, co-founder of The Jolly Gibsons. Other current projects include Pamela Rose’s touring theatrical concert “Blues is a Woman,” Tom Rigney & Flambeau (sub), JAZZphoria (sub), Chelle! and Friends (guest), Mo’Fone (guest), Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Party Monsters, Creekside Community Church Worship Band. Previous credits include Zulu Spear, Kotoja, Phil Lesh, Hot Links, Barbara Dane, Big B and His Snake Oil Saviors, accompaniment for choruses and musical theater productions, and dozens of recording projects. Faculty instructor at The Jazzschool, Cazadero Family Camp, Jazzschool Women’s Jazz and Blues Camp, after-school programs, workshops, and private studio.