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Katie Ernst Brings Chicago Sound to Eau Claire!

On March 7, Eau Claire will be welcoming Chicago based bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst to play and host a clinic with her group Twin Talk. The band’s sound is largely influenced by the music improvisation history in Chicago. They try to incorporate this sound in their music and teach students more about improvising in jazz at their clinics.
“I'm looking forward to sharing our improvisational approach, and inviting musicians to come up and play with us,” Ernst explains when talking about her upcoming clinic in Eau Claire. Twin Talk will be playing for those who attend, hosting games that help with improvisation and inviting musicians to improvise with the group. Ernst says, “We're hoping to provide more context (and) guidance to people who think jazz is confusing or sounds like (a) weird noise!”
Ernst welcomes musicians and non-musicians to her clinics so everyone has the chance to learn about improvisation in jazz music and hear Twin Talk perform. The Eau Claire clinic is part of the Twin Talk tour that is taking place in various locations around the Midwest. “Since we play in a lot of different spaces,” Ernst says, “it's great to see how an environment impacts the musical directions we pursue each night.”
For musicians working to have the ability to tour and perform for audiences like Ernst does, she says, “you have the potential to do anything. Pursue ideas that inspire you. There are no rules.”
To hear more and learn about improvisation in jazz, join Katie Ernst at her clinic on Tuesday, March 7 at 12:30 p.m. in the Haas Fine Arts Center, room 139.

by:  Noelle Nuss

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