Musical improv masterclass
Take two incredible masterclasses on musical improv with James Rushin, currently touring with Freestyle Love Supreme at The Seattle Rep!
Prerequisites: These classes are targeted at people who have established confidence with spoken improv (102+, or equivalent experience), and an enjoyment of listening to music!
Must be at least 18 years of age. All students must be fully vaccinated to attend.
When: Sunday, March 6th:
Working With Musicians – 5:00-7:00PM
The Ramp – 7:00-9:00PM
Where: In-Person, at the Theater Puget Sound, on the fourth floor of the Armory in Seattle Center (305 Harrison St)
Instructor: James Rushin (Freestyle Love Supreme)
Price: $60 per masterclass
Working with Musicians! - Sunday March 6th, 5:00-7:00PM
We use the ears you already have and the musical wealth of knowledge you already possess and combine it with patterns we can easily find in music to form a solid communicative bond with your accompanist, whomever that may be, for future improv. We also explore out-of-the-box ways to make use of having a musician on the stage with you so you can explore new relationships to music in your practice.
This class is for anyone who has ever (1) wanted to deepen their relationship with an improv accompanist and (2) wished they knew and understood more so as to better communicate with their accompanist.
The Ramp - Sunday March 6th, 7:00-9:00PM
This class takes yes and to orchestral levels of intensity to set up your teammates and you for success with clarity and solid ground to stand on!
There's a certain style of larger than life improv that often comes with knowing each scene will lead into a song, but should that always be the case? This class explores how to EARN a song in a scene and how to set up the song's purpose so that your songs, much like in scripted musicals, are furthering the plot of your scene and/or narrative show.
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About The instructor:
James Rushin has been musician, improviser, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, coach, gamer, actor, writer, journalist, poet, librettist, professor. He brings with him a wealth of experience across all facets of the industry gained on multiple continents from Second City Chicago to the Booth Theater on Broadway to The Royal Swedish Opera Hall. Throughout his career, teaching has been a constant, starting with teaching musicianship and piano classes when he was 14, to becoming a Teaching Assistant to the Theater Department at his alma mater of West Virginia University as an undergraduate Junior, on through Point Park, Carnegie Mellon, and New York University’s Tisch and Steinhardt schools. As a teacher he focuses on pushing the students’ instincts forward toward learning experiences while offering a sturdy backbone in technique, theory, and what he likes to call “Rules You’ll Eventually Break.”
Along with his theater work, James has a long background in live music, sharing the stage with the likes of Victor Wooten, The Deftones, and Nicki Minaj. He’s performed with some of Broadway’s greatest, most recently playing keyboards for the Broadway run of Freestyle Love Supreme, with regular guests like Wayne Brady, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Amber Ruffin, Tina Fey, and Daveed Diggs. His improv career has taken him through national and international tours with Lisa Flanagan’s one-woman improvised opera La Donna Improvissata, T.J. Mannix’s one-man improvised morality tale Limboland, Northcoast’s improvised historical hip-hoppera Anybody, and musical monsters Baby Wants Candy.
Currently touring with Freestyle Love Supreme, James is also working with Amy Claussen on the access rich branching narrative play Little Blue, orchestrating and playing all instruments for the concept album of the heavy metal musical Rathskellar, and working as Music Supervisor and Resident Teaching Artist of the Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship for New Voices with Director Ariana Valdes, where underserved students are able to receive fully paid for acting, singing, and dancing training, along with regular masterclasses with some of the greatest teachers in the entertainment industry.