Just another struggling musician here trying to find a way to express the sounds that we all hear in our heads. We all have to make our own way in our own way, free & fearless
When you're in the midst of improvisation, there is no yesterday and no tomorrow — there is just the moment that you are in. In that beautiful moment, you experience your true insignificance to the rest of the universe. It is then, and only then, that you can experience your true significance. Connecting in this attentional way creates a community of true equality and equanimity in which the contributions of all are recognized, valued, and used in the process of creation. "For as long as the music lasts, the players are completely dependent on listening to and trying to understand each other in service of a creative goal beyond their own personal desires"
A necessary frame of mind for an aware free thinking improviser is a egoless, fearless state free of the dualities of good / bad , success / failure, solely for the advancement of creativity. Remember, do something-- If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy ! ! !
A Temple Of Improvisation~
Any Free thinking player has developed from hard work and hard thought, a personal conception. Whether you're improvising intensely onstage or in the studio, it is only after much thought, practice, and theory have gone into that conception, and it is that conception which makes us different from all other musicians. Which means once we know what we are doing and learn to fly we can explore and let our selves go find areas of music through improvisation we didn't know existed.
A Free Improvisation, therefore, is based on a paradox - that a player is so well prepared that he can fly through instinct, reflex and sheer musical bravery into the musical unknown.
You could try and pick out every note, focusing in on one at a time, but the way I find is to just let it wash over, like a blanket of sound. All you are conscious of then is what is coming from the heart. If there`s nothing there, then we`ve failed to reach you, and apologize for the time you spent trying to connect.
"Music`s not a competition between players, it`s a competition against our inner limits.
We all have to make our own way in our own way.
When you put your heart into something it`s impossible then to fail"
~ Donald Gisbey
"I am the sum total of everything that I have experienced musically"
"Without deviation, progress is not possible"
"All musicians stimulate each other. The vibrations get scattered around "
"play what you know and then play above that" -Miles Davis
"When I could play what I heard inside me. That's when I was born"
“The theme you play at the start of the number is the territory,” Ornette Coleman said, “and what comes after, which may have very little to do with it, is the adventure
"I start in the middle of a sentence & move both directions at once."
“I never even thought about whether or not they understand what I'm doing . . . the emotional reaction is all that matters as long as there's some feeling of communication, it isn't necessary that it be understood.”
"When you are creating your own shit, man, even the sky ain't the limit."
Elvin Jones- When asked how he and Coltrane’s group managed to play together with such intensity.
"You’ve got to want to die for the motherfucker!”
“Over all, I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe. . . That’s what I would like to do. I think that’s one of the greatest things you can do in life and we all try to do it in some way. The musician’s is through his music.”
Steve Mauro’s tracks