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

Classical Jam Two 2 (AMAPFALAP)

As Much As Possible From As Little As Possible ...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, french-horn, horn, improv, improv-game, improvisation, improvisation-games-for-classical-musicians, jeffrey-agrell, lin-foulk

Soundpainting #16: Initiation/Mystery

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=325qyiJ3lFM&w=420&h=315]...

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Tag: evan-mazunik, soundpainting

Improv Quote of the Day: Wait for the icing?

Improv Quote of the Day: Wait for the icing?

During the early years of study, correctness is often the focus, pleasing the judge is important, an...

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Tag: improvisation, music-pedagogy

Improv Quote of the Day: Preparing for Tomorrow Today

Improv Quote of the Day: Preparing for Tomorrow Today

We have a responsibility to our students. This responsibility goes beyond teaching them what we thi...

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Tag: composition-creativity, improvisation, julie-lyonn-lieberman, justin-dicioccio, music-education, the-creative-band-orchestra

Improv Game of the Day: Clusters

Improv Game of the Day: Clusters

1-2 players, at the piano. Player One picks any three adjacent white keys on the piano in the middl...

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Tag: clusters, improvisation, improvisation-game, piano, piano-game, tone-clusters