Breaking down the seemingly impossible task of making up a song on the spot into easily digestible bites, Joshua Brody has his own unique take on basic warm-ups, demystifying (and, for many, descarifying) vocal production and music-making; strips lyrics down to their nuts and bolts; introduces the building blocks of song structure; and before you know it has a roomful of people making up their own songs.
Whether you’re an experienced improv actor looking to add (or strengthen) some tools in your belt, or a deer-in-the-headlight civilian who’s terrified to open your mouth in front of people let alone sing, this class is for you.
Many exercises that Impro uses to teach song improvisation originated with Joshua. Here is a chance to study with the source!
Some familiarity with basic concepts of improvisation are helpful but not required.
JOSHUA RAOUL BRODY has been involved in improvisation since 1979, when he accompanied Robin Williams on his first US tour.He was one of BATS Improv’s first musicians, and has been its musical director for most of its existence. He also worked with LA’s Comedy Store Players and War Babies, and San Francisco’sFratelli Bologna, Femprov, Spaghetti Jam, Faultline, Three For All, and Awkward Dinner Party, as well as being a founding member of Pulp Playhouse (along with Stephen Kearin, Brian Lohmann and Mike McShane) and True Fiction Magazine. Among other names he shamelessly drops are Lily Tomlin, Tom Waits, Dan Hicks, and theResidents. He has been teaching song improvisation around the world since about 1985, and is still working on a book on the subject.