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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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


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 Improv Two 6 (ostinato)


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Arts interest => Social Responsibility

An interesting article ("Interest in Arts Predicts Social Responsibility") in Science Daily report...

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Soundpainting #12: Straight and Level

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Improv Game of the Day: Shakespeare Madrigal

Today is the birthday of the immortal Bard of Avon, so let's celebrate by playing an improv game i...

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Byrne Quote #2

Byrne Quote #2

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