Spring 2024 Improvisation Workshops


NOW Society ​Improvisation Workshops
Spring 2024 at 8EAST 

4:00pm – 5:30pm Saturday January 20th

2:00pm - 3:30 pm Saturdays March 16 - April 6, April 20

2:00pm – 3:30pm Sunday March 10 & March 24

FREE with NOW Membership, Donations gratefully accepted (here).

for up to 15 participants


Since 1978, the New Orchestra Workshop Society (NOW) has presented music improvisation workshops, offering space for exploration and participation. Our workshops are for improvisers of all levels of ability and ranges of experience, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race or religion. We protect privacy in our workshops and adopt the We Have Voice Collective Code of Conduct. Read more about NOW workshop policies here.

These workshops will be presented in person at 8EAST. Find out more about each workshop facilitator below.

January 20 - Chris Corsano
4:00pm - 5:30pm

photo: Forest Elkin

CHRIS CORSANO is a New York-based drummer who has been working at the intersections of free jazz, avant-rock, and experimental music since the late '90s. He's a rim-batterer of choice for some of the greatest contemporary purveyors of "jazz" (Joe McPhee, Mette Rasmussen, Zoh Amba) and "rock" (Sir Richard Bishop, Bill Orcutt, Jim O'Rourke), as well as artists beyond categorization (Björk for her Volta album and world tour, Michael Flower, Okkyung Lee). Appearing on over 180 albums and touring in an ultra-wide array of collaborations, he's a renowned solo performer in his own right, with a record due out later this year on the Drag City label. He's built a highly inventive musical language through ecstatic free improvisation, extended percussion techniques, and the augmentation of his kit with circular-breathed reeds and bowed strings that coax new resonances out of the drums' heads. Corsano's been called "one of the world's great drummers" by The Guardian, an "ace of the avant-garde" by The New York Times, a "powerhouse drummer" by Rolling Stone, and "arguably the most riotously energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz" by Wire MagazineSpin ranked him as one of the "100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music," and in 2017, he received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. 



March 10 - Jonah Parzen-Johnson

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Photo: Julius Töyrylä

Jonah Parzen-Johnson makes music for baritone saxophone & flute that challenges listeners with experimental textures & forms while embracing them with warm approachable melodies. A Chicago native and longtime Brooklyn resident, Jonah has performed solo in more than a dozen countries across four continents. You might find him at Jazz festivals in Berlin, Helsinki & Seattle, concert halls in Istanbul & Bruges, rock clubs in Rotterdam, Montreal & Rome, or Jazz clubs in New York & Chicago. His solo performances are a deeply intimate experience, as he endeavors to share who he is, how he sees our world, and the temporary moments of community that we can all embrace together. 


March 16 - Brittany Anjou

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Photo: Jeff Chase

Brittany Anjou is a New York based pianist, keyboardist, improviser, composer, vocalist, and vibraphonist. Anjou has toured and recorded with The Shaggs, Jeremy Pelt, Elysian Fields, Oren Bloedow, Sophie Auster, CHRISTEENE, and many others. She is looking forward to performing in Vancouver for only the second time. She composed and produced acclaimed albums Enamiĝo Reciprokataj / Reciprocal Love (Origin Records), Bisexual Tyrant (hardcore punk project Bi TYRANT), and Nong Voru / Fake Love (Chant Records) with Ghanaian xylophonist Alfred Kpebesaane. Anjou served as director of jazz on the faculty of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Center Music School at the Kuwait opera house from 2018 - 2020. She recently completed an MA in Music Psychology, Education and Wellbeing with merit from the University of Sheffield (‘21), where she conducted a study and thesis on the mental health of NYC musicians. She loves improvisation and Prospect Park.