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Online workshops coming up: Making it up – Improvising, ornamenting, harmonizing, and playing what isn’t there

Think you have to be born with a special talent to play music that isn’t on the page? Think again! Just like learning to read between the lines or draw pictures of imaginary objects, anyone can learn to play notes that aren’t on the page.

“Improvisation” sounds like a huge, intimidating thing to attack head on if you don’t think of yourself as an improviser. So in this series, we’ll break it down systematically and focus each class on a specific aspect of making stuff up.

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The pandemic makes many things impossible, but I’ve been doing what I can online. Check out my YouTube channel for more!

I was originally scheduled to perform for the SoHIP summer concert series, but this year everything is online instead of in person. So instead, here is a virtual concert from my living room, premiering on July 29th:

Program and notes are here as a PDF or here on this page.

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My recent album, Songs from Home, is now available! This is a variety of music for recorder and harp guitar, a collaboration with my father Michael O’Brien. You can order it as a CD or as a download right here. Enjoy!

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