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: Narrowing the Gap

Improv Quote of the Day: Narrowing the Gap

When improvisation regains its former position at the centre of Classical music-making, perhaps the...

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Tag: improv-quote, improvisation, robert-levin

In the Beginning Was... the Beat!

In the Beginning Was... the Beat!

Did I ever tell you about how I imagine this business of making music got started? I imagine ...

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Tag: improv-quote, improvisation, robert-levin

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

Challenge to You (and to me) - Classical Improv Videos

I have a great idea whose time is overdue: making YouTube videos of improv games from my book. It'...

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Tag: classical-improvisation, improv, improv-videos-2, improvisation, improvisation-games-for-classical-musicians, youtube

Improv Quote of the Day: Appalling

Improv Quote of the Day: Appalling

Education should concern itself with the freeing of the mind for creativity. That makes a whole pe...

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Tag: creativity, education, hugh-downs, improvisation