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

Improvisation Principles 1

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="246"] Improvisation, c.1915-1916[/caption] Assorted prin...

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Improv Quote of the Day: Close Your Eyes to See

Improv Quote of the Day: Close Your Eyes to See

Removing the musician’s eyes from the process of making music can produce truly astonishing result...

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Tag: improv-quote, musicianship

USF Faculty iPad Band - iPad as Musical Instrument (video)

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Improv Quote of the Day: The Alpha and Omega of Improv

Improv Quote of the Day: The Alpha and Omega of Improv

Listening is the alpha and omega of improvisational music. –Stephen Nachmanovitch ...

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Smart Improvising, Or: Improv in the Key(s) of Florida

Smart Improvising, Or: Improv in the Key(s) of Florida

Spring break isn't for a week, but I had the chance to come to the University of Northern Florida ...

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Tag: classical-improv, gary-smart, improv-workshop, improvisation, university-of-northern-florida