“Songs are written, but not with a pen,” sang Scott Malkmus on Pavement’s “Nail Clinic.” Lancaster-based improvisational jazz-rock outfit, Vivien Leigh Documentary is known to adhere to Malkmus’ mode of songwriting. Singer Hadassah Wilson is known to improvise lyrics on the spot.
Guitarist Scott Bookman is the co-founder of the Lancasphere Collective – a group of Lancaster – based musicians bringing improvisational music to the area – and got the idea from watching free form jam sessions hosted by John Zorn in New York City.
“The biggest challenge is to be completely lost in the moments and listening to everyone without thinking about you’re doing,” says drummer Matt Blank. “It’s like getting into a Zen-like, meditative state, and depending on the day it can be a breeze or impossible.”
Members of The Vivien Leigh Documentary and the Lancasphere Sound Collective got together for an improvisational jam during the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival. Check out the video below.
Listen to Vivien Leigh Documentary’s song “Worry.”
You can catch the Vivien Leigh Documentary at their Live from the Cellar (824 Buchanan Avenue, Lancaster) concert at 7:30 p.m. on March 11. And catch them at 7 p.m. on March 24 at the Chameleon Club.
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