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 Game of the Day: Gallimaufry

4+ players. The object of this game is to have as varied and unusual timbres of instruments as possi...

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Tag: gallimaufry, improv-game, improvisation

Peter Webster's Bibiliography

Peter Webster's Bibiliography

Anyone interested in creative music should be familiar with the glorious 99 page annotated bibliog...

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Tag: annotated-bibliography-on-creative-thinking-in-music, northwestern-university, peter-r-webster

Oh, Canada! Part 2: Montreal

Oh, Canada! Part 2: Montreal

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Flag of the City of Montreal[/caption] Evan [Mazun...

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Tag: french-horn, horn, louis-philippe-marsolais, montreal, montreal-conservatoire

Improv Game of the Day: Melody Boot Camp

Improv Game of the Day: Melody Boot Camp

1+ players. One player on melody; other players, if present, accompany. How do you make a melody?...

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Tag: improv-games-2, improvisation, melody

They're Coming...

They're Coming...

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] (Photo credit: AKZOphoto)[/caption] I just received ...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, creative-pedagogy-for-piano-teachers, gia-music, improv-games-for-one-player, improvisation-games-for-classical-musicians, improvised-chamber-music, improvised-duets-for-classical-musicians, jeffrey-agrell