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 #4: Minuet for Mortimer

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPUcKrv38mU&w=420&h=315]...

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Tag: evan-mazunik, soundpainting

Improv Game of the Day: Economical Beauty

Improv Game of the Day: Economical Beauty

1-4 players. Your challenge is to create the most beautiful melody possible – using only three...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, improv-game

Classical Jam #1! (improv Video)

My book Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians (354 p,. 2008, GIA Publ.) has been out for a w...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, dani-reynolds, drone, french-horn, horn, improvisation, improvisation-games, jeffrey-agrell, lin-foulk

Summer fun: Musical Esperanto

Summer fun: Musical Esperanto

I spend two weeks every summer on the faculty of the Kendall Betts Horn Camp in the wilds (sort of...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, french-horn, horn, improv, kendall-betts-horn-camp, music

Improv Quote of the Day: It Still Breaks Through...

Improv Quote of the Day: It Still Breaks Through...

But even after the gradual development of a musical notation…the urge for instantaneous musical ...

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Tag: ernest-thomas-ferand, improv-quote, improvisation