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

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

Soundpainting #12: Straight and Level

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcnss6SjD8U&w=420&h=315]...

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Tag: evan-mazunik, soundpainting, soundpainting-12

Noam Sivan - Baroque Improvisation (video)

Stunning piano improvisation by pianist/composer Noam Sivan on a theme sung moments before by an au...

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Tag: baroque-improvisation, classical-improvisation, improvisation, noam-sivan

Improve your brain: Improvise! (study)

A recent article on the site of the Imperial College of London declares "Brain study suggests cl...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, imperial-college-london, improvisation-and-the-brain

Improv Game of the Day: Body Composing

Improv Game of the Day: Body Composing

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] (Photo credit: KidzConnect)[/caption] 6+ players in ...

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Tag: body-composing, improv-games-2, improvisation, improvised-dance, movement-warm-up