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


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

Classical Improv Jam Two 9 (Adjective + Noun depiction)


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Tag: classical-improvisation, french-horn, horn, improv-game, improvisation, improvisation-games-for-classical-musicians-book, jeffrey-agrell, lin-foulk

Byrne Quote #2

Byrne Quote #2

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="320"]  (Photo credit: trp0)[/caption] p. 290 (Ch. 9 - A...

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Tag: arts, david-byrne, how-music-works

Improv Game of the Day: Domination

Improv Game of the Day: Domination

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="180"] (Photo credit: Kaptain Kobold)[/caption] 1 player. T...

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Tag: body-percussion, improv-game, improvisation, rhythm, rhythm-exercise

Classical Improv Jam #2 - (video) Drone + Harmonic Series

This time Lin and I trade solos over a drone; the soloist's notes are limited to the notes of the na...

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Tag: classical-improv, classical-improvisation, french-horn, horn, improvisation-games-for-classical-musicians, jeffrey-agrell, lin-foulk

Stephen Nachmanovitch: "Improvisation is..."

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Tag: free-play, improvisation, stephen-nachmanovitch