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

On the Road Again; KYMA

On the Road Again; KYMA

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="350"] Music Auditorium in ASU Tempe campus (Photo credit: W...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, improvisation, jeffrey-agrell, john-ericson, kayla-nelson, kyma

It's a New Day: Composing with Kids

The Future of Classical Music by Greg Sandow has long been one of my favorite blogs. His latest pos...

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Tag: composing-with-children, composition, greg-sandow, sally-whitwell

André Mehmari - Penny Lane (video)

Read about the fresh improvisatory approach of Brazilian pianist André Mehmari here (article in th...

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Tag: andre-mehmari, improvisation, penny-lane

Improv Quote of the Day: Living Model

Improv Quote of the Day: Living Model

Notation is to improvisation as the portrait is to the living model. –Ferruccio Busoni ...

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Tag: busoni, improv-quote

Improv Game of the Day: Shakespeare Madrigal

Today is the birthday of the immortal Bard of Avon, so let's celebrate by playing an improv game i...

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Tag: improv-game, improvisation, madrigal, music, quotes, shakespeare