Since 1978, the New Orchestra Workshop Society (NOW) has presented music improvisation workshops, offering space for exploration and participation. Our workshops are for improvisers of all levels of ability and ranges of experience, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race or religion. We protect privacy in our workshops and adopt the We Have Voice Collective Code of Conduct. Read more about NOW workshop policies here.
This workshop will explore music as a vehicle for growth and exploration, to gain more insight into who we are, what we are doing and try and to foster love, understanding, truth, wonder and excitement for being alive.
The NOW Society Spring 2023 workshops will be presented in person at 8EAST and online. Find out more about each workshop facilitator below.
Curtis Andrews is a Canadian musician with global persuasions, who specializes in South Indian percussion, West African drum/dance, drumset, and mbira. A percussionist/composer/teacher who creates music that is informed by his many years of experience with these traditions yet transcends most categories. His personal musical journeys over the years have extended to villages and metropolises of Ghana, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe, and he has developed a deep knowledge of the history and performance of music from these areas. His personal mentors have included (the late) Don Wherry, Trichy Sankaran and Kwasi Dunyo. He continues to study and perform with these masters whenever possible.