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

Teaching Improvisation with Matt Van Brink

Teaching Improvisation with Matt Van Brink

Every so often I receive an echo from improv people out there in the real world who are making it ha...

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Improv Tip of the Day: Just Duet

Improvising doesn't mean being unprepared. On the contrary, the preparation is ongoing and endless: ...

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IEM: Teaching Improvisation in Spain

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Canary Islands[/caption] I just received a very happ...

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Improv Quote of the Day: The True Mozart

Improv Quote of the Day: The True Mozart

  Contemporaries report that when he was playing the piano, especially when improvising, he be...

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Ideas! Cool stuff! New Tomorrows!

Ideas! Cool stuff! New Tomorrows!

Yeah, yeah, I know, this blog is supposed to be about classical improv, etc., but I am a big fan o...

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Tag: 999-ideas, creative-thinking, creativity, ideas, innovation, michael-michalko