02/26/15

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.

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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

Soundpainting #25: In the Lab

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Tag: evan-mazunik, soundpainting

Improv Quote of the Day: Back to the Future

The advent of music publishing, which brought so many benefits to the development of music in Weste...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, improvisation

Improv Quote of the Day: Early Musicians Were All Creative

Improv Quote of the Day: Early Musicians Were All Creative

The strict division into groups of creative musicians (composers), performing musicians (singers, ...

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Tag: creative-music, creative-musicians, early-music, ernest-thomas-ferand, improv-quote, improvisation

Improv Quote of the Day: There are always rules

Improv Quote of the Day: There are always rules

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Tag: improv-quote, improvisation

Big Apple Interview: Take 2 with Gil Selinger

Big Apple Interview: Take 2 with Gil Selinger

I am sitting at the dining room table of ace cellist and improviser Gil Selinger. Gil is one third...

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Tag: cello, duende, evan-mazunik, free-improvisation, gil-selinger, improvisation, mosaic, music, white-barn-duets