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: A Giant Pineapple!

Improv Game of the Day: A Giant Pineapple!

1 player and an audience (e.g. of Second Graders). John Manning teaches tuba and euphonium all da...

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Tag: improv, improvisation, improvisation-games, improvisation-with-children

Improv Quote of the Day: Making Sense

Improv Quote of the Day: Making Sense

A musician playing popular genres is much less inclined to play something which is incomprehensibl...

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Tag: improv, improvisation, improvisation-games, improvisation-with-children

Improv Quote of the Day: Sad Reflection

Improv Quote of the Day: Sad Reflection

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="175"] (Photo credit: Vince Alongi)[/caption] It is a sad r...

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Tag: arts-education, creativity-in-music, improv-quote, music-education

Last class! : <

Last class!  :  <

I didn't even realize it until it was over this morning: it was our last classical improv class of...

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Tag: aeolian, classical-improvisation, dorian, improvisation, improvisation-class, modes, phrygian, scales

Improv Quote of the Day: Sing and Dance!

The canon which runs from antiquity via Palestrina and Bach and through to Schoenberg via Haydn, M...

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Tag: bach, beethoven, classical-music, classical-tradition, haydn, improvisation, life-music, moart, rod-paton