Jessica Valls has created a fascinating career as a double bass performer, educator, and free improvisor.
Jessica is a dedicated free improvisor, incorporating singing, bass playing, and other elements on a regular basis into her performances.
This episode is divided into three parts:
- Part 1 – Being Onstage
- Part 2 – Improvisation: The Hows and Whys
- Part 3 – Reflection and Advice
Links to check out:
- Intermezzo by Reinhold Gliére – with improvised introduction from Jessica
- Improvisation from the first Austin Bass Workshop 2015
- Considering Matthew Shepard – an ongoing project with Conspirare
- Group free improv – workshop video that we discuss
- Austin Bass Workshop
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