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Over the course of his musical life, John Stevens, the innovative drummer, composer, improvisor and educator, developed a series of participatory pieces that enabled those with very different musical backgrounds and skills to engage equally in creative improvisation.
"These pieces are uniquely valuable as learning and performance pieces, and also as a potent way of running music workshops for mixed abilities and skills. They are rigorous and demanding, requiring participants to focus, listen and react to others in a heightened response to the music being made around them.
Stevens co-founded Community Music in 1983 and was Creative Director until his death in 1994. During this time he trained hundreds of musicians in Search And Reflect techniques and dictated the manual of pieces that is still in print today. Community Music and improvisors the world over continue to use his pieces in workshop situations. Each piece includes detailed guidance, but only a few include musical notation. They may be played or sung.”