Improvisation keeps your brain alive!

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My Mindful Movement Classes are really wonderful!

I have a high definition webcam with stereo microphones that records my studio with excellent sound.  And I have in-house percussionists that can accompany my end of the online lesson -- this is key for connecting rhythmically.  

For Private Lessons only, you can record parts or all of your private lesson to use later for your own study.  This works so much better than getting a long recording to sift through later.  I can coach you through your Zoom settings so you have the optimal tech setup.  

NOTE FOR CLASSES: I don't share the Taksim Classes recordings later -- this way participants can take artistic risks. I do record the Taksim Classes for the Guest Artist and myself.  

I LOVE partnering with different beloved Guest Artists on Zoom:  to date, Annya Ishtara, from Taos, New Mexico, Travis Jarrell,  from Cookeville, Tennessee, and Alannah (Anne Hitchcock), from Brooklyn, New York, and Amaya from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

I play mesmerizing soaring solo melodies, tasty percussion patterns, offer tidbits of musicality, performance, repertoire, cultural context, and endless real-time variations, connecting with movement instruction by my Guest Artist. 

Each Guest Artist and I have anecdotes from decades of travel and musical dance adventures to share about our pedagogical elements.   This is what makes it so interactive and human, in real time if not real space..

Did you know that 'clarinet' comes from 'clarion', or 'to be heard from far away'? This makes it perfect for online learning. No need for amplification. 

You move around with the Guest Artist while I accompany their movement (or play/sing along -- muted in the comfort of your own home) in real time. You experience my musical interaction, as well as watch others' interpretations.    Yes, there is a bit of latency, but it works better than you would expect!  Come check it out. Best of all,  I  accompany each attendee in turn during the end of each class

'See' you online soon! 

Meg York

Importance of Improvisation

"Tarab to me is when you are expecting something beautiful and you get something even more beautiful. 

Improv is where it's at for me. 

It's about what the moment feels like instead of what it looks like. 

I'm lucky because I love weaving my melodies with and for movement, and I craft music to what I see  unfold in real time. It's the most humanly interactive experience I know.

I started playing for dancers over 30 years ago, and I remember so many taksim moments as if they were yesterday. 

Zoom is interesting, but it works. I just hold the last notes long and low and folks catch up their movement just fine. There's still live music and movement interaction because it's not choreography. 

I've noticed that the latency is actually it's own element -- similar to murmuration in flocks of birds. 

Honestly, it's been pretty cathartic. We are in real time, if not in real space, together. " -- Meg York interview 

Testimonials for Taksim Classes

"Together, you presented a very fine experience in the study of taxim, (solo improvisation), both technically from a dancer’s perspective, and musically from a musician’s perspective, in this case a musician who genuinely enjoys “partnering” with dancers during the taxim!  I very much appreciated Meg’s laying out the musical structure of the taxim, and taking us on her various “journeys.” 

Annya’s fine-tuned, body-centered guidance helped us explore solid elements of making dance , i.e. shape, direction, level changes, dynamics, time, and scale, with good knowledge of how the body moves.  Her concept of a “magnetic core” is a valuable treasure, both in the dance, and in everyday life! 

This study was easily adaptable for all levels of dance experience, and a great practice in maintaining a focus while exploring new dance territory."

Travis Jarrell, Cookeville, Tennessee

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"I definitely feel more comfortable with structured dance class format and struggle with free-form improvisation.  While zooming is not my preferred mode of class, it did enable a certain level of not being concerned with things like looking silly and feeling weird while trying improvisational movement.  I liked that a lot and felt like it was easier to connect with Meg's wonderful playing. 

What I learned that surprised me:  I was somewhat surprised that it became easier over the course of a couple sessions to shut down the critical mind and allow myself to move freely with the music,  I usually only have that experience in brief stints. 

Annya is a fantastic teacher that I have been privileged to learn from for many years now.  She has great instincts for where people are at, and she is very clear in her explanations of concepts of belly dance that can be subtle and sometimes more abstract.  She is a very "clean" dancer, in that her movements are concise and easy to follow.  Annya is well-studied and it shows! 

Meg, besides being a beautifully gifted clarinet player, is very skilled at playing for dancers for a co-created experience.  She also has clearly studied all aspects of her craft and explains concepts very well. 

Meg and Annya make a great team, in performance as well as teaching. 

I am grateful for the experience,  thanks to you both!!"  

Emily S, Taos, New Mexico

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"It was great to do the Taksim Class and tune in to my innate response to the music. Annya had great insights and Meg’s enthusiasm and joy in the clarinet were inspiring. It was a special experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to deepen their connection to the music."

Carolyn Lehnhardt

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"Dear Annya and Meg,

I want to thank you both for offering such an amazing experience in dance and music. It is hard to express the joy and excitement that I experienced being in your class. The instructions Annya offered combined with the live music from Meg created an environment easy to absorb and learn new material. I felt free to experiment with new movements in my body that Annya taught and Meg made it feel comfortable and right with her playing. The combination increased my mental and physical understanding of Taksim. Thank you, and I hope you offer another class similar to this. I felt connected, from the privacy of my home: a unique experience."

Richard, Taos, New Mexico