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 Jam #16 - Extended Techniques (Video)

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Tag: classical-improvisation, extended-techniques, horn, improv-jam, improv-video-2, improvisation, jeffrey-agrell, lin-foulk, nonjazz-improvisation

Game of the Day: Double Your Pleasure

2 players. Players pick a major scale. Player One plays quarter notes, stepwise only (no leaps), dec...

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Tag: improv-game, musical-improvisation

Improv Quote of the Day: Close Your Eyes to See

Improv Quote of the Day: Close Your Eyes to See

Removing the musician’s eyes from the process of making music can produce truly astonishing result...

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Tag: improv-quote, musicianship

How to Make America Innovative, Competitive, and Prosperous

How to Make America Innovative, Competitive, and Prosperous

That Great Candy Store that is the internet is alternately an Intergalactic Level time waster and ...

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Tag: arts-education, creativity

Improv Game of the Day: Yankee Doodle Boodle Noodle Nodel Yodel Rodell Loden Laden Leiden Laugh-In Tap-In Rapping Snapping Snapper

Improv Game of the Day: Yankee Doodle Boodle Noodle Nodel Yodel Rodell Loden Laden Leiden Laugh-In Tap-In Rapping Snapping Snapper

1 player. Choose a simple familiar tune. Yankee Doodle, for instance. Figure out the notes by ear....

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Tag: improv-game, improvisation, music, yankee-doodle