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July 17, 2015

Improvising in Switzerland

The International Society of Improvised Music (ISIM) gathered last week at Chateau d”Oex in Switzerland, about 40 minutes from International_Society_for_Improvised_Music_-_20121004120422131Montreux and Lake Geneva. This was my first time to present and participate in the conference and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The group brings together improvisers from many different musical genres with the goal of fostering creative expression across disciplines. Here is the ISIM definition of improvisation: (more…)

June 28, 2015

July in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria

KisteOne more week and we’ll leave on a jet plane for a month overseas.  It’s quite an adventurous trip and I sure hope to connect with many of my European friends while we’re there.  Here are the details: (more…)

June 25, 2015

This Is How We Do It!

grazJust a few more weeks and we’ll arrive in Graz/ Austria with 15 IU Students for a summer course entitled “Comparative Music Industry”. Our goal is to learn about the Music Industry in Europe and compare practices to the American industry. For two weeks we get to meet regional professionals and discuss similarities and differences among continents. Of course, we’ll explore the beautiful surroundings too – Tosca in Vienna, Vienna Boys Choir, hiking in Styria, and much more. So honestly – what do you know about the European Music Industry? Think about it for a minute then read on – here are some fun facts: (more…)

June 22, 2015

Have I Done My Homework?

Girls sing Where Have All the FlowersMisconception, prejudice, ignorance, or just misunderstanding – what do you think? Here is the story: Grants are a wonderful way of making projects and ideas reality. They can come from governments or foundations and are usually awarded for proposals that best match the purpose of the grant program and are presented in a professional and financially sound write-up. Over the years, I have received numerous grants that helped make a wide variety of projects possible (more…)

June 14, 2015

Cole Porter And All That Jazz

Cole Porter poster1-1 Cole Porter, born on June 9, 1891 in Peru, IN was one of the most prolific songwriters of the past century and many of his songs have become standard jazz repertoire. His unique gift of combining his witty lyrics with beautiful melodies and just the right amount of musical twists that keep the listeners on their toes make him stand out. Just think of the countless picturesque verses to “Let’s Do It” and the haunting moment with the switch “from major to minor” in “Every Time We Say Goodbye” or the seventh jump of the melody at the beginning of “I Love You” and so many more clever compositional moments. (more…)


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