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

We're back...

We're back...

Evan and I are back in our respective stomping grounds (he: NYC; me: Iowa City) from our improv r...

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Tag: cedarville-university, evan-mazunik, improvisation, improvisation-workshop, jeffrey-agrell

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

Classical Improv Jam #6: Dueling Bumblebees (video)

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

Improv Games of the Day: Forever Young!

Improv Games of the Day: Forever Young!

Nobody makes it alone. We all need teachers, mentors, friends, and community to help us through life...

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Tag: charles-rochester-young, evan-mazunik, university-of-wisconsin-stevens-point

IEM: Teaching Improvisation in Spain

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] Canary Islands[/caption] I just received a very happ...

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Tag: ceimus, daniel-roca, emilio-molina, enclave-ceativa-ediciones, iem, institute-for-music-education, instituto-de-educacion-musical