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Improvisation Made Simple
Rod Paton is an experienced composer, writer, horn player, singer and workshop leader. He studied music at Southampton University and at the Janacek Academy, Czechoslovakia before completing his doctorate at the University of Sussex. He has worked with music and communities for over 40 years during which time he has composed 5 musicals, extensive music for theatrical performances, jazz scores, orchestral and piano music and music for voices. His most recent work was the a cappella vocal score for the award winning play ‘Running Wild’ (Chichester Festival Theatre and Regents Park, London). Other recent work includes the innovative and ongoing ‘Lifesongs’ project with Klawitter Theatre Group in Bray, Ireland, creating original music theatre with people in care homes. He specialises in devised and improvised methods, providing instant access for all to creative process and extending the potential of the human voice. Until his retirement at the end of 2016 he taught improvisation, composition and music therapy at the University of Chichester, leading the route in Community Music.
Rod founded the Lifemusic project in 1989, work which has taken him all over Europe and North America, presenting workshops and conference papers. The main principles of Lifemusic – everyone is musical, there are no wrong notes, every sound has a meaning – apply equally to the purely vocal Vox Anima concept – improvisation without tears!
Rod is the author of two books on improvisation and applied music (Living Music, 2000 and Lifemusic – Connecting People to Time, 2011) and is a member of the board of trustees of the Natural Voice Network.