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 - Pexo Excerpt 2

Walter Thompson in action. SP is always exciting, especially with actors and dancers! [youtube http...

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Improv Quote of the Day: Common Skill?

The ability to improvise freely is a common skill applied whether in conversation, role-play, moveme...

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Tag: free-improvisation, improv-quotes-2, music-education, musical-training

Big Apple Sojourn: Interview with Evan and Gil (#1)

Big Apple Sojourn: Interview with Evan and Gil (#1)

One of the great things about classical improv is that you are not dependent on a composer to write ...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, duende, evan-mazunik, gil-selinger, improvisation, jeffrey-agrell, soundpainting, walter-thompson

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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Improv Quote of the Day: Improv and Music Curricula

Improv Quote of the Day: Improv and Music Curricula

There is no doubt that improv has improved my music program. … Because improvisation is taught, ...

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Tag: band, improvisation, music-curricula, music-education