04/19/15

Chris Johnston on Performance and Improvisation (Quote)

improvgame

In the beginning, when clouds were God’s breath, and buffaloes roared without fear, and time was uncounted except by death and birth and the sky darkening, there was performance. And it was never counted as special or apart because it was and it was what happened and without it we thought there would be drought and insufficiency and possibly war when you wanted peace, or peace when you wanted war. So we moved and shook and spoke in sequences of unidentified languages and evoked harmony in ourselves and terror in our enemies. And we urged ourselves good fortune and bonded with each other and reinforced ourselves as tribe of reindeer or mountain or lyre bird.

Continue reading

04/7/15

Music Instigator – Interview with Jeffrey Agrell

Bill Arnold interviewed me last month and just published the edited results on his web site, The Music Instigator (there are also a couple of embedded videos of me improvising with Lin Foulk and Werner Elmker). The audio interview is entitled: “Jeffrey Agrell – Improvisation for Everyone”

I’ve only listened to the beginning of it, but I think he did a good job in putting it together. And the title really sums it all up! Thanks, Bill!

Improv Game of the Day: Domination

Improv Game of the Day: Domination

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="180"] (Photo credit: Kaptain Kobold)[/caption] 1 player. T...

[ read more ]

Tag: body-percussion, improv-game, improvisation, rhythm, rhythm-exercise

Improv Game of the Day: The Hands Tell a Story

Improv Game of the Day: The Hands Tell a Story

2 players. Two players sit in chairs facing each other. The game: construct a piece using hand a...

[ read more ]

Tag: hand-gestures, improv-games-2, improvisation

Improv Quote of the Day: Play First, Notation Later

One should begin to teach children notation only after they have a number of pieces in their fingers...

[ read more ]

Tag: bartok, couperin, improv-quote, improvisation, music-notation, music-pedagogy

Making Lemonade

Making Lemonade

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="235" caption="(Photo credit: esc861)"][/caption] In our im...

[ read more ]

Tag: classical-improvisation, improvisation, music, musical-instruments, rhythms

New Book! Vocal Improvisation Games for Singers and Choral Groups

New Book! Vocal Improvisation Games for Singers and Choral Groups

GIA (Chicago) has just published Vocal Improvisation Games for Singers and Choral Groups by me and ...

[ read more ]

Tag: gia-publications, jeffrey-agrell, patrice-madura-ward-steinmann, vocal-improvisation, vocal-improvisation-games-for-singers-and-choral-groups