While receiving his Bachelor and Masters degrees in music composition at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands, Klemperer specialized in Orchestral Improvisation Conduction. Since relocating to Cincinnati in 2014, Klemperer has lead numerous improv workshops of ensembles and choirs ranging in age and music level from beginners to professionals. In these workshops, participants learn a variety of hand signals which Klemperer delivers as conductor. The signals indicate a variety of musical aspects such as a change in pitch, length, and velocity, in addition to more abstract signals such as repetition, imitation, and drastic change. Learning the signals, participants are encouraged to experiment with individual ways of interpretation through playing and singing.
With Signals For Immediate Music, Klemperer will work with both emerging and established musicians from the region to expand on past performances for his largest ensemble piece yet. With the musicians on stage, Klemperer will guide the audience through their own vocal improvisation practices, providing an understanding of the methods and, importantly, an invitation to participate. Following the training, Klemperer will then lead the musicians and audience on an incredible improvised collaboration, crafting a conducted uproar to unite all in the room on a sonic journey to destinations unknown.
Duration: 60 minutes