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Gerry Rossi

Educated at the University of Glasgow, Scotland Gerry is currently at the University of Strathclyde where he is BA Applied Music Course Director. Research/Performance interests Participation in conferences in the area of music and special needs at Edinburgh University (2004), Dundee (2005), Stirling (2004), Dortmund (2003,2004,2005,2009). This has resulted in developing an area of research based on a comparative study of provision for special needs in all the arts - especially music. Sounds of Progress/Limelight (Gerry is Chair of Board) this successful company designs and delivers music workshops, training and education throughout Scotland and abroad Gerry is working on collaborative projects with the Berklee School of Music in Boston, USA (including improvisation, Music Therapy, approaches to music composition, faculty teaching exchange programme) He is also director of the Strathclyde Improvisation Ensemble, which features 25 musicians on the BA Applied Music Degree course

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Barry Guy: Back to the Drawing-Board (Part 3)

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 One of the things which may strike the listener on hearing the London Jazz Composers' Orchestra for the first time is just how much volume Guy is able to draw from just seventeen to twenty players. Some other big bands sound almost insipid in comparison. There ...

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A Madman’s Approach To Music And Why Can't Music Be Like A Tree?

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"Art alone makes life possible." --Joseph Beuys. The Glasgow Improvisers' Orchestra is unique. It's an over-used word, I know, but in this case fully justified. GIO are unique in so many ways--in the way they formed, the way they make decisions, in their make-up, how they work and most importantly how they sound. They ...

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Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra: Artificial Life

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The importance of ensembles such as the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra cannot be underestimated. Their work since their formation defines a distinctive approach to large-scale, free improvisation rooted in a well-defined philosophy of collective music-making. As George Lewis, trombonist and 'composer' of Artificial Life, remarks in the record's sleevenotes: “As with all improvisation, including our ...


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