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

Improv Quote of the Day: Making Things

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="126" class="zemanta-img "] Vijay Iyer[/caption] My primar...

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Improv Game of the Day: Recycling Inspiration

2+ players. At home players listen to a piece of colorful, captivating music, and then create some ...

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Tag: graphic-notation, improv-game

Improv Quote of the Day: Balancing Perfection and Humanity

Improv Quote of the Day: Balancing Perfection and Humanity

In a world where most music is heard electronically in highly edited, “perfect” performances, ...

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Tag: live-performance, recording, william-cahn

Improv Quote of the Day: Sad Reflection

Improv Quote of the Day: Sad Reflection

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="175"] (Photo credit: Vince Alongi)[/caption] It is a sad r...

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Classical Improv Jam #11 (with banana) (Video)

Improv Duet for Horn and Banana ...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, horn, improv-for-classical-musicians, improvisation, improvisation-games, jeffrey-agrell, lin-foulk