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: 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: Narrowing the Gap

Improv Quote of the Day: Narrowing the Gap

When improvisation regains its former position at the centre of Classical music-making, perhaps the...

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Tag: improv-quote, improvisation, robert-levin

Improv Quote of the Day: Wake Up Call

Improv Quote of the Day: Wake Up Call

I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. – Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Suess) ...

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Tag: dr-suess, improv-quote, theodore-geisel

Improv Game for Horn Players: Role Playing

One great thing about horn camp is that you have time to do all sorts of things that you seldom get ...

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Tag: french-horn, horn, horn-camp, horn-technique, improv, improv-game, improvisation, kendall-betts-horn-camp

Improv Quote of the Day: Natural Need for Scales

Free form expression/improvisation is based upon scale knowledge. …Within a short period of time...

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Tag: improv-quote, improvisation, scales, technique