Workshop improvisation: The story in your solo

***Update: The workshop with Onno van Swigchem has unfortunately been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Club Amsterdam Klezmer on the 21st of September will still continue as planned. We hope to see you all there! ***


The new season of Club Amsterdam Klezmer doesn’t just offer fabulous club-nights with surprising themes and very special guests. As from September we will be sharing our musical knowledge during a series of interesting workshops. The first workshop follows the theme of the clubnight ‘Jazz and Improvisation’ and will be held on the 17th of September. Onno van Swigchem will lead the workshop and offer some inspiring ‘solo-coaching’.


Saxophonist and composer Onno van Swigchem works in several groups: De Bende van Drie, Waterproof Live and Tetzepi. He is also an experienced workshop leader and trainer, especially interested in individual and collective improvisation. He has developed his own learning method to stimulate musicians in exploring their improvisation skills.


In his own words; “A workshop is a kind of playground, a free space to be explored. You can try out anything there. That’s ideal. What kind of potential is present, and what kind of experience – what step – is needed to realize that potential? That’s different for everyone, and listening for it and finding the right ‘eye-openers’ interests me enormously.”


Whereas some workshops take tonality and theory as a starting point, Onno prefers to work from a story-based point of view. What’s the story that you’d like to tell the audience? How do you tell the story? And what’s the interaction like on stage? In what way can you push yourself to get the best out of yourself and others? When you subscribe to the workshop, make sure to think about these questions beforehand. Bring along a song, a groove, an abstract or specific idea. Onno will give you personal feedback based on this.


So for anyone who has some solo experience, but who tends to get stuck after a few bars or who gets lost in chord changes… come and join this inspiring workshop. It’s a revelation!


The workshop will be held at the Qfactory on Sunday the 17th of September, time: 14.00 – 17.00 hrs. We can only accept a limited number of participants, so if you want to join send in your subscription as soon as possible! We are looking for soloists ánd rhythm section players.

The costs are 27,50 euros and include the fee for the workshop and a ticket for the improvisation themed club night at the Mezrab on Thursday September 21st.


Please send an email with your name, instrument and telephone number to under the header: workshop improvisation. We will confirm your participation as soon as possible. If you have any questions please contact us at the following telephone number: 06 12690334