Billie Holiday quote

The whole reason we are drawn to improvising is because it offers the promise of complete creative freedom. Finally we can express OUR music, and say what WE want to say. So isn't it ironic that the first thing we do with this freedom is to look for licks, patterns and formulas just so we can sound exactly like everybody else?


video of IFR Ex. 2 modal improvisation in 2nd harmonic environment

This is a demonstration of some of the sounds we can create with IFR Exercise 2: Melody. Throughout this entire modal improvisation, both musicians are using just seven notes.

My question is about improvisation and expanding language. I'm a bit confused about how this fits into the IFR approach. I see the importance of knowing the sounds from the tonal map and being able to sing what you play. However, isn't improvisation also a matter of transcribing other artists' music to absorb the "feel" and "time" they have?

screen shot of Jeremy Chapman's Ted Talk

This great Ted Talk by Jeremy Chapman offers many surprising insights about musical creativity. His talk includes improvisation with the audience and guest musicians, and he even mentions Improvise for Real about halfway through the talk.

(image and quote from Bill Evans)

Bill Evans was a singular artist who made an enormous personal contribution to our modern concept of jazz piano. And yet at the same time, he saw very clearly that ALL human beings have an innate understanding of music, even if they don't yet know how to express that understanding through an instrument.