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New Paradise Laboratories’ (NPL) Chance Workshops, exploring contingency with Bhob Rainey, Whit MacLaughlin, NPL ensemble, Tassos Stevens, guest artist Elie Ayache, and John Collins. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.

Questions of Practice: Musician Bhob Rainey on Improvisation

Questions of Practice: Musician Bhob Rainey on Improvisation

What happens when an artist starts with “nothing besides the instruction ‘good luck,’” as experimental composer and Pew Fellow Bhob Rainey put it? Rainey talked with us about his approach to improvisation and “grappling with the meaning-making nerve.”

Composer, musician, and Pew Fellow Bhob Rainey on improvisation. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on March 3, 2015.

Bhob Rainey is an experimental composer, a soprano saxophonist, and a 2013 Pew Fellow. He holds an MA in jazz composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, and has been awarded grants from Meet the Composer and United States Artists. He frequently works in cross-disciplinary collaboration and digital sound generation. Recently, Rainey composed the score for New Paradise Laboratories’ Center-funded theater piece The Adults, which drew rave reviews from The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and many others.