If you haven’t noticed, “Improvisors” was dropped from our name several months ago. Now it’s just the Black House Collective and no longer the Black House Improvisors’ Collective. There are two reasons for this:
1.“Improvisors’” was inaccurate. We’ve never really functioned as an improvisor’s collective. From the very first workshops, it was clear that Black House is much more a composers' collective, although we do have a lot of great improvisors participate.
2. Not only it is inaccurate, but “improvisors’” has proven to be an unfortunate marketing word. It intimidates players who would otherwise be great workshop participants and it seems to have a negative impact on audience size. You don’t have to be a great improvisor to come do a workshop and you should not expect to hear freaky free jazz at our shows.