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: Big Contrast

Improv Quote of the Day: Big Contrast

  Improvisation has played a prominent role throughout the history of world musics. Until quit...

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Tag: bill-dobbins, history-of-western-music, improv-quote, improvisation, world-music

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: Balancing Act

We forget that the musician of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries was rarely jus...

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Tag: creativity, gunther-schuller, improv-quote, improvisation

Improv Game of the Day: Gregorian Chance

Improv Game of the Day: Gregorian Chance

2 players. Player One plays a drone on a chosen note. Player Two uses a choice of one of the follow...

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Tag: church-modes, gregorian-chant, improv-game, improvisation

Improv Quote of the Day: What People Think

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="84"] (Photo credit: Susi Watson)[/caption] When most peo...

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Tag: christopher-azzara, improvisation, improvisation-quote