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

In the Beginning Was... the Beat!

In the Beginning Was... the Beat!

Did I ever tell you about how I imagine this business of making music got started? I imagine ...

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Soundpainting #5: Virtual Antiphony

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Tag: evan-mazunik, soundpainting

Improv Quote of the Day: First and Foremost

Improv Quote of the Day: First and Foremost

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="168"] "Piano Improvisation IV" (Photo credit: wwwuppertal)[...

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Tag: improv-quote, improvisation, ladonna-smith

Improv Quotes of the Day: Music, the Brain, and Education

Improv Quotes of the Day: Music, the Brain, and Education

Quote excerpts from articles on the web site of the Dana Foundation ("Your gateway to information ...

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Tag: brain, brain-research, creativity-and-the-brain, music, music-education

Improv Game of the Day: Genre Festival!

Improv Game of the Day: Genre Festival!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] The Kitchen Sink (Photo credit: .michael.newman.)[/ca...

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Tag: improv-game, incompetech, kevin-mcleod, royalty-free-music, soundtrack-music