New CD: Soundings (horn improvisation)

My new CD “Soundings” was just released on the MSR Classics label (msrcd.com).

Booklet.qxdIt is an exploration of a new area for me: horn plus the use of various electronic effects to experiment with new timbres, new means of expression.

Continue reading


Creativity Quotes of the Day

English: French composer Nadia Boulanger (1887...

English: French composer Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) in 1925. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You are enriched by all the music you know by heart; it becomes a part of you. –Nadia Boulanger

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember: amateurs built the ark; professionals built the Titanic. –Anonymous

The Earth without Art is just “eh”. –Anonymous

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. – Duke Ellington

Very few people do anything creative after the age of thirty-five. The reason is that very few people do anything creative before the age of thirty-five. 
- Joel Hildebrand

The way to succeed is to double your error rate. – Thomas J. Watson


Improv Quote of the Day: Making Things

Vijay Iyer

Vijay Iyer

My primary orientation is as an artist, and what that means is that I make things. I don’t make things in order to make money – I make things in order to communicate, reflect, meditate, and connect with people. It’s a personal practice. It’s a spiritual practice. It’s a social practice. And that’s really the foundation of everything I do.

–Jazz pianist, composer, and MacArtur fellowship winner Vijay Iyer

What a Concept: The Daily Arkady

Imagine that you were not allowed to speak unless you were quoting Socrates, Cicero, Aristotle, Wins...

[ read more ]

Tag: arkady-shilkloper, classical-improvisation, daily-arkady, warm-ups

Nachmanovitch Improv Workshop

Stephen Nachmanovitch is the author of the mother of all improv books - Free Play. Everyone bre...

[ read more ]

Tag: alex-grey, babylon-5-space-station, big-bang, creativity, delenn, divine-presence, douglas-adams, fast-company-magazine, free-play, harpercollins, improv-workshop, improvising-and-mindfulness

Improv Game of the Day: All Ears

Improv Game of the Day: All Ears

1 player. Put on a recording of some music in a style with which you are not very familiar, but wo...

[ read more ]

Tag: dna, ear-training, improvisation, musical-style

Improv Game of the Day: A Giant Pineapple!

Improv Game of the Day: A Giant Pineapple!

1 player and an audience (e.g. of Second Graders). John Manning teaches tuba and euphonium all da...

[ read more ]

Tag: improv, improvisation, improvisation-games, improvisation-with-children

New Visions of Music Making

New Visions of Music Making

This post is a trope on the felicitous phrases "Re-Imagining the University Ensemble Experience" ...

[ read more ]

Tag: a-soprano-on-her-head, accidental-collective, cerberus, david-cutler, eloise-ristad, latitude-ensemble, the-perfect-wrong-note, the-savvy-musician, william-westney