View the summary of this work. Bookmark: Author: Nachmanovitch, Stephen; Subjects: Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.). Stephen Nachmanovitch’s book, Free Play: The Power of Nachmanovitch is an improvisational violinist and violist, computer artist and. Free Play Productions: Stephen Nachmanovitch author of Free Play, Improvising is Life, Violinist, Composer, International Bateson Institute, Visual Music.

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I told you about this man, Herbert Zipper, the composer who was imprisoned in Dachau. Ok, here is a wooden table, and we can see the grain of the wood, we can see that it came from a tree, and the tree came from billions of years of organic evolution, and organisms changing and changing and changing. Stepyen from ” https: I wish I could remember more, but there was something about the description of the human need to create though improvisation play that resonated with me.

Freeplay with Stephen Nachmanovitch

And very likely you will forget some of the things. Eventually the table, beautiful as it is, will become junk or burned, or something will happen to it, and its molecules will go some place else. RICHARDS material matter means ment mind muse musician mysterious nature ourselves painting pattern performance person piece player poetry practice procrastination resonance rhythm rules samadhi sense sound spiritual spontaneous string structure surprises surrender T.

But then, we also need the improvisational sense, to realize that all of these things are impermanent and that they are all participating in a bigger reality that we share in. And of course, education is not individualized, so you have a teacher with a group of kids, and all the kids have various interests.


So the disciplines are really great, really important, to the extent that you can go deeper into the chemistry, deeper into the dance, deeper into the economics, and explore each of those things with a level of detail. So there are a lot of different things that came together.

Free Play: The Power of Improvisation in Life and the Arts – The Listeners’ Club

There should be lots. The author is an expert in about 85 million different fields, and it helps him write a truly interdisciplinary book that will have some relevance to just about anyone.

And to be kept alive or kept sane by being interested is really important. Richer than our word, it means divine play, the play of creation and destruction and re-creation, the folding and unfolding of the cosmos. The take home message is: But what we are actually talking about is like: Someone says something to you, you listen to him, you respond. This is why group improvisation is such an interesting exercise. This is exactly what we do when we set out on the adventure of loving another human being.

Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art

Nachmanovitch stresses that improvisation is not chaotic, but flows from a natural formal structure:. This is a whole art unto itself, of vision and revision, playing again nachmanobitch the half-baked products of our prior play. When the editor crosses the muses path, you can get blocked by negative inner dialogue, etc. At one point he says that Beethoven’s Battle Symphony was his “worst piece.


So Etephen had the students do finger-kissing. So, I love working with those isolating poles of improvisation and composition, so that a great improvisation feels composed, and a great composition feels improvised.

But put them together in some way so that you begin by feeling your connection to creativity. We will see who nachmabovitch there and what they can do, and discover what we can make together.

And people can see it and know what they have seen.

It is mostly about music and I am a painter, but it still managed to become the most influential free on the manner I establish project goals and strategy in my work. The thing about play in art, is it’s a sign of strength to spare, wind to spare, like someone running a marathon who breaks out into a pirouette. A lot of things rang true with what I have come to nacmanovitch about creativity and my own process.

And this happens over and over again.

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Improvisation in Life and Art.

That The right book at the right time saves lives. Michelangelo believed that the statue already existed and that his job was simply to carve away the excess stone. Because it is actually important to prepare.

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