Erkki Veltheim is an Australian composer, improviser, performer and interdisciplinary artist. He has performed with ensembles such as the Australian Art Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Elision and Ensemble Modern, has featured as a soloist with the London Sinfonietta and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and as an improviser has worked with Australia’s leading practitioners, including Anthony Pateras, John Rodgers, Jon Rose, Scott Tinkler and Tony Buck.

In part two of his four-part masterclass series for Sounds Unheard, ‘Composing in the Moment: An Introduction to Improvisation’, Erkki introduces ideas for how you can begin improvising at home. In this masterclass episode, Erkki discusses a variety of approaches to finding new sounds – using different bow speeds or pressures on string instruments, different embouchures or air pressures on wind instruments, or using different pedals on the piano.

Join us next week for part three where Erkki will look at ‘preparations’, showing some common objects you can use on your instrument to create new sounds and colours. To learn more about Erkki, please visit his website or Soundcloud.



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