10/23/14

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 natural horn, i.e. the harmonic series.

10/22/14

Classical Jam #1! (improv Video)

My book Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians (354 p,. 2008, GIA Publ.) has been out for a while and has enjoyed a certain modest success among classical musicians who would like to start creating their own music (aka improvising). But it has lacked one thing: video/audio examples of what this classical improv thing is. There is of course no one right answer – what it sounds like will depend on whose playing, and even the same players may have wildly different versions of any particular game. Nevertheless, it’s nice to have some examples of a few possibilities of some of the games.  Continue reading

09/21/14

Improv and Young Musicians

One of my favorite blogs is Dr. Noa Kageyama’s The Bulletproof Musician – he hits it out of the park just about every time. His latest post and one that I highly recommend you read – now – is “Why Improvisation Should Be Part of Every Young Musician’s Training. Wonderful article with some excellent research backing it up. I have only two qualms about it: improv needs to loosen its common association with jazz, as in improv=jazz; improv can take many forms – jazz is just one. And: Improv should be part of not just young musician’s training, but part of the life and continuing training of every musician of any age and instrument.

07/22/14

Santana on Improvisation

English: its an image of Carlos Santana Españo...

Certain people are very mental. They need to have rules and concepts and directions and scales and theory in order to play. But that’s not what music is about. Music has the same significance as beams of light coming out of the clouds and giving information to plants. Every note should be like a beam of light. You’re giving information to the listener, and you’re reminding them they also have light and significance. That’s improvising to me. The other stuff is just like going ‘da-da-da-da-da.’ It’s nothing” – Carlos Santana

 

So, Carmen and Brunnhilde go into a bar...

So, Carmen and Brunnhilde go into a bar...

The last concert of the improv class was a hoot, as they all are. Our amazing bassoonist (she of t...

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Tag: bassoon, classical-improvisation, copland, don-giovanni, flute, horn, improv-concert, improv-games-2, opera, trumpet, viola

Improv Game of the Day: I Go You Go

Improv Game of the Day: I Go You Go

2 players. Although it seldom occurs to us traditionally trained players, good deal of technique wo...

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Tag: collaborative-practice, i-go-you-go, improv-games-2, improvisation, practice, technique

Creative Thinking: O Canada!

Creative Thinking: O Canada!

Canada again is at the forefront of innovation and creative thinking in an article by Jennifer Lew...

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Tag: business-and-the-arts, canada, creative-thinking, creativity, jennifer-lewington

Improv Game of the Day: Weaving

2 players. Both players spend a little time playing a familiar tune in unison (more or less) until t...

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Tag: countermelody, familiar-tune, improv-game, improvisation, weaving

Improv Quote of the Day: Why isn't Creativity at the Center of Curricula?

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] (Photo credit: lightsoutfilms)[/caption] Creativit...

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Tag: creativity, creativity-in-music, harold-best, improvisation, music, music-curricula