The Art of Improvisation
The thrill of performing on stage without a script or a score is undeniable. This episode of Spark gives you that taste of excitement and dread of winging it in front of an audience. Braving this high-wire theatrical walk, Rafe Chase, Tim Orr and Stephen Kearin of 3 For All turn suggestions from the audience into narrative stories that promise to amaze and amuse. Then we join the Rova Saxophone Quartet, a vanguard group 25 years in the making, as they improvise cutting-edge music art for series of musical pieces inspired by soprano saxophone legend Steve Lacy. Finally, we drop in on world-renowned master of improv Ruth Zaporah as she and her students take you through the sweat of her very ownAction Theater method of improvisation.
Free fall with the improv group 3 For All as they hit the floor with no script, no format, no preconceptions, and no safety net.
Rova Saxophone Quartet has been improvising their way along the cutting edge of the music scene for 25 years.
Drop in on a class taught by a world-renowned master of improv, Ruth Zaporah.
Also on KQED.org this week ...
Drought Watch 2015: Record-Low Sierra Snowpack
The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California's water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That shatters last year's low-water mark of 25 percent (tied with 1977).
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area
KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.