Free Play Productions
Free Play Productions   Stephen Nachmanovitch

Coming in 2023

March: Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

March: University of Houston, Houston, TX.

April: Stony Brook University and the Jazz Loft, Stony Brook. New York

Remote events during the 2020-2022 pandemic

Mind & Life Institute, Inspiring Minds Series.

Performance and dialog on interspecies signs and sounds, with David Rothenberg, at the Gatherings in Biosemiotics, Stockholm, Sweden.

Columbia University conference on improvisation.

Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Arizona State University.

Leeds Conservatoire, University of Leeds, England.

University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music.

University of Virginia.

University of Maryland, College Park.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York.

RSD Symposium (Relating Systems Thinking and Design), London.

Jewish Theatre Alliance, San Diego.

Lakeside International Youth Art Festival, Chengdu, China.

One Book One New Orleans, Words & Music Festival.

Feldenkrais Awareness Summit.

Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA.

Second Shi Mao Hai Xia  Drama festival, in Jiang Meng, Guang Dong, China.

Recent Lectures, Workshops and Performances

University of Rochester Medical Center / Rochester Zen Center, December 4, 2021.

Residency at University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, February, 2019.

Keynote address and workshop at The Association for the Study of Play, James Madison University, Harrisonburg Virginia.March 14-15, 2019.

Book launch for The Art of Is, New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, VA. April 13, 2019.

Presenting The Art of Is, Malaprops Books, Asheville, NC. May 2, 2019.

Lecture and workshop, Windhorse Zen Center, Asheville, NC. May 4, 2019.

Keynote talk, "Thinking as Nature Thinks," at Improvisation: New Orleans Gift to the World, New Orleans Jazz Museum, December, 2018.

The Impulse Festival, a Celebration of Improvised Music Through Time, January, 2018, University of Virginia.

Keynote at Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de 
Musique et Musikhochschulen, Conservatorio di Musica Luisa D'Annunzio, Pescara, Italy, February, 2018.

Il Gioco LIbero Della Vita, A.S.D. Omphalos, Fiano Romano, Italy. February, 2018.

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, October 2018.

Amherst College, "The Art of Is," Thinking Through Improvisation at the Mead Museum, Amherst, MA, September 2018.

University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC, March 2018.

University of Southern California, Thonton School of Music, Los Angeles, CA. Residency and public workshop: "To Find Again What Lies Within." November 2017.

Three Master Improvisers Concert with Robert Dick, flutist, and Robert Jospé, percussion. Brooks Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville Jazz Society.

The Ecology of Mind, International Bateson Institute conference, in Krakow, Poland, July 2017.

An Ecology of Health, Bromley by Bow, London, England, July 2017

Free Play Berlin 2017: Three day workshop at Yoga Rebellion, Improvising Is Life.

East Side Institute, New York, Conversation with Stephen Nachmanovitch and Lois Holzman

What can happen in a minute?
Discovering the Beauty of Life as Improvisational Process with Stephen Nachmanovitch and Cathy Rose Salit
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. New York.

“Free Play in the arts and beyond … and what exactly is freedom?” Lecture at James Madison University.

Free Play tour of Japan. Events in Kyoto, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kurashiki, and others. Keynote, Japanese Association of Musical Improvisation, Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare, Kurashiki, and University of Hiroshima, Japan. Performances, lectures and workshops. Concerts in partnership with Yu Wakao, Morgan Fisher, Tetsu Saitoh, Akihito Obama, and others. Detailed schedule here.

Free Play LA 2017: Intensive Free Play workshops and concert in Los Angeles, and in Santa Barbara. Also UCLA music department and Idyllwild Arts Center.

Keynote talk, “Chivalry and Balance” – "If You Have to Ask: Cultural, Cognitive, and Neural Underpinnings of Improvisatory Behaviour in the Arts and Beyond", McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

How Do Systems Learn? Conversations with the Bateson Institute. October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester St, London, England, and Magelungen, Stockholm, Sweden.

Improvising Together, a workshop with Stephen Nachmanovitch, Andrea Wolper, and Ken Filiano, Charlottesville, VA.

Royal Society for the Arts, London, England.

Improvising & Mindfulness. Workshop with Stephen Nachmanovitch & Maria Tussi Kluge, Verein fur Achtsamkeit in Osterloh, Germany.

TheaterSpielhaus, Munich, Germany, Free Play performance workshop.

Free Play: Stephen Nachmanovitch & Robert Jospé, violins & percussion, Charlottesville Jazz Society, Brooks Hall, University of Virginia.

Art, Contemplation and Wellness with Stephen Nachmanovitch, musician, improviser and author of Free Play. University of Virginia.

Tällberg Foundation, Tällberg Conference at CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva, Switzerland.

Improvising & Mindfulness. Workshop with Stephen Nachmanovitch, Maria Tussi Kluge, & Dan Richter, Verein fur Achtsamkeit in Osterloh, Germany.

Keynote talk, Mindfulness, Compassion and the Arts in Therapy, From Neuroscience to Clinical Practice, Washington, D.C.

Charlottesville Jazz Society, with Jason Kao Hwang, Ayman Famous, Greg Howard, Stephen Nachmanovitch, The Haven, Charlottesville, VA.

Commencement address, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Landmark Theater, Richmond, Virginia.

Cross-cultural improvisation festival, CUNY Queens and Roulette, New York.

An Ecology of Mind: Gregory Bateson symposium events in Charlottesville and at the University Virginia, with Stephen Nachmanovitch, Nora Bateson, and other colleagues.

Workshop: Improvising in daily life: a little music, a little theater, a little meditation, a new chapter. With Maria Tussi Kluge, Charlottesville VA.

An Evening of Visual Music, at Morven Theater, University of Virginia.

Brock University, Walker Cultural Leader Series and Theatre Department. Residency including workshops and performance/lectures.

Roulette, Brooklyn, New York.

An Ecology of Ideas symposium on Gregory Bateson, American Society for Cybernetics and the Bateson Idea Group, Asilomar, California.

Akademie Schloss Solitude, Symposium on Jazz, Communication and Language. Stuttgart, Germany.

ISIM Festival/Conference, William Paterson University, NJ. Violins and flutes with Ellen Burr.

Society of Consulting Psychology, Keynote address, Pasadena, CA.

University of Michgan, Ann Arbor, MI -
University Medical Center.
University Musical Society.
Ross School of Business.

ISIM Festival/Conference, Ann Arbor, MI. Viola d'amore and shakuhachi with Mark Miller.

Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Lectures, workshops, concert.

Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, Cleveland, OH.

Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH.

Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Canada: Blake in Our Time / Celebrating G.E. Bentley.

Viola d'amore Society of America 15h Congress, Evanston/Chicago, IL, and Northwestern University.

Jung Center, and St. John's School, Houston, TX. Lecture, workshop and concert.

UCSC/ISIM Festival/Conference, Santa Cruz, CA.
Concert as Sixth Sense with Karlton Hester, Stephanie Phillips, and Jin Hi Kim.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, Dance deparment and humanities lecture.

Denver and Boulder, Naropa University and Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Concert at Metro State, with Janet Feder, Mark Miller, and Art Lande.

Workshops and Concert at Naropa University, with Janet Feder, Mark Miller, and Art Lande.

University of Virginia Music Department, colloquium, lecture and workshop with mixed musicians and dancers.

Wabi-sabi in spontaneous art, Haystack Mountain Institute, Deer Isle, Maine.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, Music Department.

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, School of Music,.

Live Arts Dance Festival, Charlottesville, VA.

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Music and Dance departments.

ISIM Conference, Denver, CO, performing as Sixth Sense with Karlton Hester, Stephanie Phillips, and Glenn Smith.

Mystery of the Moment, concert improvisation with Glenn Smith, George Mason University.

Movement & Music with Cindy Leal, McGuffey Arts Center, Charlottesville, VA.

TV Documentary on Improvisation on German Channel 3-Sat, “Mehr Wissen über: Improvisation”.

Concert with Ellen Burr, flutes, & Matt Wyatt, percussion, Gravity Lounge, Charlottesville, VA.

ISIM Benefit Concert, Lotus Music and Dance, New York.

Berlin Free Play Improvisation Festival, with the Gorillas. Berlin, Germany.

Urania Institute, Berlin, Germany.

Solo Concert, Spirit Yoga, Berlin Germany.

Exploratorium, Berlin, Germany. Workshop for improvised music, theater and dance.

Lysistrata by Aristophanes. Live Arts, Charlottesville, Virginia.

Saraswati Steps Up To Bat. Electric and acoustic violin, International Society of Improvised Music, Northwestern University, Chicago Illinois.

Keynote address, Improvisation Continuums Conference, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK.

Hamadryas: Improvisations for electric and acoustic violin, electric and acoustic viola da gamba, with Loren Ludwig. Gravity Lounge, Charlottesville, VA. In conjunction with the Virginia Festival of the Book.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, lectures, workshops and concerts.

The Academy - A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute, New York.

Inaugural Keynote address, International Society for Improvised Music, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Improvisation and the Practice of Medicine. University of Virginia Medical Humanities series.

“Gregory Bateson and William Blake’s Illustrations of the Book of Job”, Multiple Versions of the World. A Conference Celebrating Bateson’s Continued Influence. Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA.

Hamadryas: Improvisations for electric and acoustic violin, electric and acoustic viola da gamba, with Loren Ludwig. Guest artist Tim Summers. Gravity Lounge, Charlottesville, VA.

Chamber Music and Composers Forum of the East, Bennington, VT, perforamcne workshops and concerts.

"Improvisation as Learning, as Teaching, as Evolution" - CASCA - Canadian Anthropology Society, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Week long workshop and performances at IV Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina, “La improvisación: un camino hacia la libertad creative.”

“This Thing Called Me: Bateson and the Buddhadharma,” Copenhagen Symposium on the Epistemology of the sacred – the Science-Religion Pattern, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

“A Mountain of Gold.” Keynote address to the International Network of Performing & Visual Arts Schools, New Orleans.

“Education for the new millennium,” Address to the 5to Congreso Internacional La Educación en el Tercer Milenio, Córdoba, Argentina.

“Play and Invention,” Lemelson Center, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.

"Visible Music," Interactive exhibit, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.


Publication Events

Publication of the Japanese translation of Free Play, by Film-Art Sha, Tokyo, September 2014.

Publication of the Greek translation of Free Play by Aiora Press, Athens - "Δημιουργικότητα στη ζωή και στην τέχνη – Η δύναμη του Αυτοσχεδιασμού" - November 2013.

Publication of the Italian translation of Free Play by Feltrinelli, Milan, - Il Gioco Libero Della Vita: Trovare la voce del cuore con l'improvvisazione, September 2013.

Publication of "An Old Dinosaur" Kybernetes, 2013.

Publication of 2nd German edition of Free Play, as Free Play: Kreativtät geschehen lassen, translated by Dan Richter, O.W. Barth/Droemer Knaur, 2013.

CD release of Impermanence. Solo improvisations on viola d’amore, tenor violin, viola, mezzo violin and violin. Blue Cliff Records, September 14, 2012.

Publication of “This is Play.” New Literary History, May 2009.

Publication of “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got that Swing): Bateson’s Epistemology and the Rhythms of Life” Ultimate Reality and Meaning, May 2009.

Publication of Das Tao der Kreativität in German, by Fischer Verlag / O.W. Barth, March 2009.

Publication of "Bateson and the Arts." Kybernetes.