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 Game of the Day: Body Composing

Improv Game of the Day: Body Composing

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

Improv Class Echo (letter)

http://gty.im/168707912 I've been giving my Improvisation for Classical Musicians class for over ...

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

Improv Game of the Day: Mary, Mary, Quite Varied

Improv Game of the Day: Mary, Mary, Quite Varied

I'm back from two weeks at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in the wilds of New Hampshire. I   had a t...

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Tag: improv-game, improvisation, kendall-betts-horn-camp, mary-had-a-little-lamb

Improv and Young Musicians

One of my favorite blogs is Dr. Noa Kageyama's The Bulletproof Musician - he hits it out of the park...

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Tag: improvisation, improvisation-training, jazz, noa-kageyama

Improv Quote of the Day: Defying Convention

Improv Quote of the Day: Defying Convention

Like Grainger in England, Bartok brought with him an Edison cylinder, and he listened as the machi...

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Tag: alex-ross, bartok, folk-music, improvisation, percy-grainger, phrasing