MMDG Master Class Series

Incubator Series - Haggai Cohen-Milo | Makespeak

The Makespeak Method fundamentally changes the way music and movement interact. It is a method for interdisciplinary performance and improvisation based on a set of carefully designed exercises and protocols. These are made to breach common gaps between the ways in which music and dance approach the creative process—composition, choreography, performance, and improvisation.

  • The method focuses on interdisciplinary collaboration between dancers and musicians through awareness, knowledge, and skills.
  • The workshop offers an opportunity for dancers and musicians to work closely together in varied constellations in a patient and methodical way, to address issues which are often overlooked and to level the playing field between the two mediums.
  • The workshop is organized as a series of specific exercises (Makespeak Protocols), carefully designed to heighten awareness, uncover new ways of communication in interdisciplinary performance, and explore interdependency of sound and movement as motives for creation.

To truly collaborate we have to consider the other medium on its own terms. A portion of the workshop will be dedicated to analytical music listening, how to talk about what we hear, and how to apply these skills in a collaborative situation.

Special guest, choregrapher Naïma Mazic from Vienna and Brussels, joins Haggai to lead this special workshop.

February 27
12:00PM - 3:00PM

"Israeli composer/bassist/improviser Haggai Cohen-Milo revealed over a set of ridiculously infectious music that he's in the soul restoration business". Graham Pilswarth, The Coast

Composer Haggai Cohen-Milo is a virtuoso of the double-bass and an explorer of interdisciplinary performance. For over eight years he’s been collaborating with dancers and choreographers using a unique praxis he’s been developing, the Makespeak method, to create a common language for interdisciplinary performance in sound, movement and visual arts. His composition work includes dance,theatre and movie scores alongside his own music releases. Haggai has also directed Makespeak performances at various venues and festivals in New York, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Zurich, Tel Aviv and more. Haggai leads a robust career as a touring and recording artist. He performs extensively both nationally and internationally, playing to captivated audiences in many countries in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia. He has recorded as leader and sideman/co-leader on over twenty-five albums working closely with his collaborators, for labels such as Warner, Fresh Sound - New Talent, John Zoran’s prestigious Tzadik, and more. Originally from Israel, Haggai moved to the United States to earn his B.M. from the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is currently residing in Brooklyn, NY.


2016 Musical Director, Performer, & Composer Savage, choreography by Katherine Maxwell 
Produced by Hivewild, New York, NY 

2016 Musical Director, Performer, & Composer The Arrow of Time 
Produced by Makespeak, Amsterdam & Zurich 

2015 Musical Director, Performer, & Composer Jephta's Daughter, choreography by Saar Magal
Produced by Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany      

2015-2016 Director & Performer Roundup series by Makespeak Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn, NY  

2013 Composer Rubber Day, choreography by Kara Davis
Produced by San Jose Dance Company, San Jose, CA        

2013 Co-Creator & Performer Mother Tongue 
Produced by Project Agora San Francisco, CA     

2012 Co-Creator & Performer Makespeak
Produced by Makespeak, Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv, Israel


For the last 10 years Haggai has been leading an expansive touring career as leader and a sideman. He has become a regular artist at renown stages around the world such as Sendesaal (Bremen), Philharmonie Essen (Essen), Robert Schumann Saal (Düsseldorf),  Nancy Opera House (Nancy), Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), Tokyo Jazz Festival (Tokyo), Winter Jazz Fest (NYC), JazzBaltica (Hamburg), Jazz & The City Festival (Salzburg), The Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Porgy and Bess (Vienna), Moods (Zurich), Duc Des Lombards (Paris), The Unterfahrt (Munich), Blue Note (NYC), Regatta Bar (Boston) and many more.


2016 Jephta's Daughter, Makespeak, Independent release 2015 Fearless Friday, Omer Klein Trio, Neu Klang 2015 A New Dance, Rotem Sivan Trio, Fresh Sound New Talent 2015 From the Ground Up, Hadar Noiberg Trio, Dot Time Records      2014 Penguin, Haggai Cohen-Milo Group, Tzadik Records 2014 Yerakina, Banda Magda, GroundUp Music     2014 For Emotional Use Only,  Rotem Sivan Trio, Fresh Sound New Talent   2013 To The Unknown, Omer Klein Trio, Plus Lion Music     2013 On The Road, The World Trio, Art-Beat records      2011 Moontit, Moontit, Independent Release      2011 Rockets on the Balcony, Omer Klein Trio, Tzadik Records    2010 From East to West, Evgeny Lebedev, Independent release featuring Terri Lyne Carrington  2009 Bliss, Ilan Bar-Lavi quintet, Independent release        2008 Mediocre, Ximena Sarinana, Warner Latina (Mexico)     *This album was nominated for a Grammy for best Latin Rock/Alternative album 2008 Optimistic View, The Alon Farber Hagiga sextet, Fresh Sound New Talent  2007 Duet, Omer Klein & Haggai Cohen-Milo, Fresh Sound New talent  

___________________  TEACHING ___________________
2015-present Makespeak Workshops Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn, NY    2010-2011 Visiting Educator, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, San Francisco, CA Ongoing Master Class Teacher & Co-Teacher   • Atlantic Jazz Festival (Canada)  • Mastrichet Consrvatory (Holland)  • Rimon School of music (Israel)   • NDR (Germany)   • Guatemala Jazz Festival (Guatemala)  • Fermatta, BIN school (Mexico) 2013 Odd Traditions Workshop International Society of Bass convention, Rochester, NY   

___________________  EDUCATION ___________________
2005-2009 Bachelors of Music, The New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA 2004-2005 School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, Ramat HaSharon, Israel 1993-2003 Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts, Tel-Aviv, Israel 

___________________  PRIZES AND AWARDS ___________________
2010 Voted Best Bass Player, Hoeilaart International Jazz Festival, Belgium 2010 First Prize Winner, Hoeilaart International Ensemble Competition, Belgium 2007 First prize Winner, Hoeilaart International Ensemble Competition, Belgiu 2006 Grand Prize, Fish Middleton Jazz Soloist Competition, Washington D.C. 2006 Best Group of the Year, DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards   

Born in Vienna, Naïma-Marilyn Mazic is part of the MA Research Cycle at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels. Mazic studied contemporary dance at the Reykjavik Academy of Arts (LHI), and completed her BA of Arts at the Vienna Conservatory, while attending courses at the Angewandte Wien.

2016 Naïma developed and presented her creation, HOME, in Havanna. 2015 she received the Impulstanz Dance Web Scholarship as well as the Austrian Scholarship for performing arts (BUK) and showed her solo and short film 377 at the Kolkata International Performance Festival. She was one of the winners of the Fidelio Contest 2014 for Creation and Performing Arts, as well as the Offspring-Szene Bunte Wähne choreorgaphy contest 2011. 08-09 she studied in New York where she received the Elizabeth Owen Dance Award and was selected to be part of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.

MMDG's Incubator Series is uniquely designed to offer dancers and emerging choreographers a chance to network, share ideas and develop community in a fun and inspiring environment. Intermediate to professional dancers work directly with established performing artists in a mini-intensive format to workshop new ideas and/or use the choreographic tools of the featured artist to inform their own creative process.

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