01/16/15

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

01/7/15

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

Cedarville Improv Residency Notes

Cedarville Improv Residency Notes

Evan and I spent three days at Cedarville University in Ohio last week doing a creative residency. ...

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Tag: cedarville-university, conduction, duende-mosaic-cd, evan-mazunik, improvisation, improvisation-workshop, jeffrey-agrell, soundpainting

Rhythm!

[ted id=745] I am a classical musician. Classical musicians are acutely concerned with pitch. Don't...

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Tag: dance, improvisation, rhythm, stomp

Improv Quote of the Day: Learning and Relaxation

Improv Quote of the Day: Learning and Relaxation

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Tag: lois-birkenshaw, music-for-fun, music-lesson, relaxation

Winging It With Piet

Piet [pron. "peet"] Swerts is a Belgian composer/pianist who is a giant among composers for saxophon...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, latitude-ensemble, piet-swerts

Getting Real (Book)

Getting Real (Book)

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] (Photo credit: ray.gauss)[/caption] I like to impr...

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Tag: fake-books, ipad, real-book