Live Arts Workshop

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This workshop (structured in a flexible format from one to five sessions) is designed for groups interested in exploring creativity using Soundpainting, graphic scores, and the poetry of the blues. The Live Arts Workshop can be tailored to any age or ability level, from primary school up to college & professional. Contact us to create your own specialized program.

Download: Live Arts Workshop Outline

Topics include: Ensemble skills; improvisation; Soundpainting for performers in any artistic medium; composition for the composer-performer; performance skills for instrumentalists and vocalists; creating live interactive music with imagery for storytellers.


Soundpainting is the universal live composing sign language created by New York composer Walter Thompson for musicians, dancers, actors, poets, and visual artists working in the medium of structured improvisation. In a Soundpainting ensemble, the “Soundpainter” (i.e. composer/director) uses this sign language to indicate what type of response he or she desires from the performers. Using the Soundpainting sign language, an entire concert, theater work, dance piece, film score, or educational presentation can be realized spontaneously.


Soundpainting engages students of all ages, ability levels, and art forms in a hands-on, participatory event utilizing multiple learning styles (verbal, visual, aural, and kinesthetic).  Soundpainting develops the creative voices of students through an array of structural and stylistic parameters drawn from different cultures and historical periods.  The Soundpainter as teacher draws out and constructively develops the innate creativity of students through his/her gestural choices, empowering each group to explore the creative process in an experiential learning format.

The basic 50 gestures, which can be learned in 2-3 sessions, yield countless combinations that offer ensemble participants creative choices within a structured framework. Evan Mazunik is available to engage with your students in a variety of formats which can be customized to meet your curriculum needs, from performance and discussion to interactive workshops.


Workshops may range in duration anywhere from a 45-minute masterclass to a full day. Workshops may take place with professional orchestras and ensembles of all types and disciplines—musicians, dancers, actors, poets, visual artists, politicians, lawyers, and people from all walks of life. To find out more about organizing a Soundpainting workshop/performance in your area, please contact Evan Mazunik at with your requirements.


Teaching residencies allow for a more in-depth collaborative experience and are taught by Evan Mazunik. Residency programs are flexible in scope and duration (from one-day workshops up to one- to ten-week formats) and are custom tailored to fit the specific needs of your organization. Please contact Evan Mazunik at with your requirements.


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