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

Adam Sadowsky Engineers a Viral Video (TED video)

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Tag: adam-sadowsky, music-video, ok-go, rube-goldberg, ted-talks, ted-com

Improv Game of the Day: Yankee Doodle Boodle Noodle Nodel Yodel Rodell Loden Laden Leiden Laugh-In Tap-In Rapping Snapping Snapper

Improv Game of the Day: Yankee Doodle Boodle Noodle Nodel Yodel Rodell Loden Laden Leiden Laugh-In Tap-In Rapping Snapping Snapper

1 player. Choose a simple familiar tune. Yankee Doodle, for instance. Figure out the notes by ear....

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Tag: improv-game, improvisation, music, yankee-doodle

Improv Game of the Day: A Giant Pineapple!

Improv Game of the Day: A Giant Pineapple!

1 player and an audience (e.g. of Second Graders). John Manning teaches tuba and euphonium all da...

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Tag: improv, improvisation, improvisation-games, improvisation-with-children

Jazz for Cows

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Tag: improv, improvisation, jazz-for-cows, the-new-hot-five

Improv Game of the Day: Blazing Discoveries

1 player. Experiment with your instrument’s technique and make a list (mental or written down) of ...

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Tag: improv-games-2, improvisation, musical-improvisation