IGLU (Improvisation Group of Lawrence University) is an ensemble dedicated to improvising in various styles including rock, 20th century classical, Arabic taqasim, klezmer, jazz, electronic and Korean sinawi music to name a few. Transcending boundaries, IGLU draws from the innovation of specific composers as well as from specific improvisational techniques. All music is learned by ear or created by members of IGLU. The ensemble is led by Matt Turner, one of the nation's leading educators in improvisation.


Previous concerts include:

  • Collaboration with the Opera program to create a one of a kind performance, the Micro-Operas, at the Fox Cities Performing Art Center
  • Vocal improvisations in the styles of Jaap Blonk, Mike Patton and the Adachi Tonomi Royal Chorus
  • Performing on invented instruments and found objects
  • Improvising to the silent film, Nosferatu
  • Performing improvisations based on works by American composers Gloria Coates, William Billings, Stephen Foster, Charles Ives, Laurie Anderson, Pauline  Oliveros, Terry Riley, Frank Zappa and J. Rosamond Johnson
  • Performing improvisations based on Ghanaian, Arabic, Irish, Chinese, Laotian, Australian and Korean music
  • Improvising in American folk styles including zydeco, eephing, Navajo, prison work songs, jug band music and country brass band music


Matt Turner, Instructor of Music


Any and all students are welcome to join!

Check out the video below to see IGLU in motion--literally.