Soundpainting is a visual live compositional language created by Walter Thompson in the 1970’s. Generally the way it’s used is in large group, directed improvisations. You can learn more about it here.

I was asked a few months ago to join a dedicated soundpainting ensemble. I didn’t have much experience in the language itself at the time, and still don’t, but have really enjoyed the learning process that has come from this experience. Several members of the group have vast experience with it and have been excellent tutors.

The ensemble is made up of some of the area’s best improvisers, classical and jazz players, composers, electronic musicians, weirdos, and visual artist instrument builders. There’s some really serious talent involved. People like Conrad Kehn, Lynn Baker, Evan Mazunik and Mark Harris just to name a few.

We’re playing our first show on June 6th at Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge. Stay tuned here for more info.