Bobby Previte

Masterclasses in Improvisation

June 14-17, 2022


“Bobby Previte is in a category of one in his ability to communicate the mysterious and transformational power of improvised music… This workshop offers musicians a remarkable opportunity to… reinvent themselves in each and every moment.”

– Workshop participant

Workshop Dates:
Tuesday, June 14 – Friday, June 17

By Application Only. Applications close May 1.

Acclaimed composer, drummer and bandleader Bobby Previte leads two immersive, four-day workshops for student, amateur, and professional musicians.

The in-person, June workshop will be heavily focused on performance. Participants will create group improvisations structured around certain criteria, including form, rhythm, tempo, and orchestration. In addition, the class will investigate the nature of judgement, and touch on the relationships of other disciplines to music. At the conclusion of the course, participants will each write short “scores for improvisation.” The group will present these scores in an open-to-the-public concert in Hudson Hall.

Bobby Previte is a composer and performer whose work explores the nexus between notated and improvised music. One of the seminal figures of the 1980s New York ‘Downtown’ scene, Previte has received multiple awards for music composition including the 2015 Greenfield Prize for Music and a 2012 Guggenheim. His original compositions have been recorded and released by Sony, Elektra, Rykodisc, New World, Cantaloupe and Rarenoise. He leads a plethora of ensembles around the world from his instrument, the drums. Work: BLUEPRINTS, projected/conducted historical fragments (current), RHAPSODY, acoustic song cycle on migration (2018), MASS, metal + medieval + Messiaen (2017), TERMINALS, concertos for improvising soloists, with So Percussion, (2014).  

COVID SAFETY: All workshop participants at Hudson Hall are required to provide proof of vaccination and to wear masks. Read our updated COVID policy here

  • Hudson Hall’s programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Governor and the New York Legislature.