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Jigsaw Workshop Preston introduction

Jigsaw Workshops: Preston, the nature and practice of free(1) improvisation(2) in music

Update : Augist 2021

This projectis currently not active. This status is a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is sad turn of evernts and a dissapointment.
When a response if formulated, it will be shared via this website and the newsletter.

Phil Morton: LIverpool:UK



Improvisation: created spontaneously or without preparation

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This is an open & public workshop/performance session exploring the nature and practice of free improvisation in music through a mixture of; the playing of the music, discussion, and simple workshop routines

All levels of ability and experience are welcome.
All levels of ability and experience are welcome & rewarded
No need to book just turn up

The current session format is:

  • A series of small group improvisations. Duration 5 -10 minutes each.

  • There is some conversation & discussion between the pieces.

  • There is a social break of 15 minutes at the midway point.

  • The starting point is that there are no workshop type strategies or games, scores or contemporary compositions. The musicians play free improvisation in music in their own time

  • The above having been said, the January 15th 2019 session featured the workshop piece `step in step out` for more information, click here

  • The session content may vary to reflect the different interests & histories of those present in the room


If this is new to you be aware you can attend a session and observe.
If this is new to you and you want more information, complete the short form in the footer of this page.

If you an advanced player, the sessions may still be of benefit to you, as the design aims to reflect the interests of those present in the session.


The future design and content of the Jigsaw events will be shaped by those who are involved, attend the sessions and share their feedback. 

The sessions were launched by Simon Partridge & Phil Morton in 2018, today the sessions are curated by Phil Morton who is listening forward to meeting you; hearing your music and sharing your ideas.


Please arrive and be ready to start at 6.45 pm - the session starts at 7.00 pm


Event information.
Venue Media Factory, Room ME111, UCLan

Cold Bath Street, Preston, PR1 1JN

Doors open 6.30 pm, please be ready to start at 6.45 pm
Next session date: In May - date to be announced
You can register with the mailing list (complete the form below) to be informed, to be keep up to date on Jigsaw-Preston workshop series.

Fee: the first session is free: free to UCLan students & staff: other participants, £3.00

Contact : preston@improvisersnetwork.co.uk

Parking: Guidance and advice URL LINK, UCLAN sitemap URL LINK, for your first visit be advised to allow extra time to locate the site and parking.

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