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 #1! (improv Video)

My book Improvisation Games for Classical Musicians (354 p,. 2008, GIA Publ.) has been out for a w...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, dani-reynolds, drone, french-horn, horn, improvisation, improvisation-games, jeffrey-agrell, lin-foulk

Improv Quote of the Day: New Kind of Listening

Improv Quote of the Day: New Kind of Listening

Listening to an improvising group puts new demands on the auditor, who must realize that he is not...

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Tag: improv-quote, listening, marvin-l-silverman

They're Coming...

They're Coming...

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="240"] (Photo credit: AKZOphoto)[/caption] I just received ...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, creative-pedagogy-for-piano-teachers, gia-music, improv-games-for-one-player, improvisation-games-for-classical-musicians, improvised-chamber-music, improvised-duets-for-classical-musicians, jeffrey-agrell

Improv Quote of the Day: Watch Out for Notes and Coloring Books

Improv Quote of the Day: Watch Out for Notes and Coloring Books

When you read music, 
there is a part of your creativity that shuts down. 
It's like learning ...

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Tag: creativity, improv-quote

New Semester: Improvisation for Classical Musicians

New Semester: Improvisation for Classical Musicians

It's ice rain outside this morning. Little pea-sized drops of ice falling, coating everything. T...

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Tag: improv, improvisation, improvisation-class, improvisation-for-classical-musicians