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 Quote of the Day: Artistry and Improvisation

Improv Quote of the Day: Artistry and Improvisation

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Tag: improv-quote, improvisation, learning-music

Improv Quote of the Day: Music Ed - Creativity Denied?

Improv Quote of the Day: Music Ed - Creativity Denied?

Perhaps the cause [of disinterest in school music] is simply that… many students find that “mu...

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Tag: creativity, mmcp-synthesis, music-education, ronald-b-thomas

Improv Quote of the Day: Discovery Beyond Ink

Improv Quote of the Day: Discovery Beyond Ink

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Improv Quote of the Day: Defying Convention

Improv Quote of the Day: Defying Convention

Like Grainger in England, Bartok brought with him an Edison cylinder, and he listened as the machi...

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Tag: alex-ross, bartok, folk-music, improvisation, percy-grainger, phrasing

Improv Quote of the Day: Another Reason for Classical Improvisation

It’s extremely demanding to originate a cohesive melodic idea while asking the brain to pump o...

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Tag: improv-quote, improvisation, julie-lyonn-lieberman