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Why Don’t More Classical Musicians Improvise?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Improvisation is a nearly obsolete art in classical music. But virtuosos used to improvise all the time. This week's episode features two guests who believe it should be kept alive.

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Spinning on Air

John Zorn Presents Masada: Angels, Inspiration, and Improvisation

Sunday, August 31, 2014

John Zorn visits the WNYC Studio to present some of his Masada series of compositions along with pianist Uri Caine, guitarist Jon Madof, and saxophonist Uri Gurvich.

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The Brothers Balliett

The Improv Show

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Does contemporary music need to be exquisitely written out with Ferneyhough levels of expressive detail? Do scores need to reflect every nuance, every slight bending of time, every possible elaboration of the melody? Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett consider a group of composers for whom improvisation is essential to the execution of their artistic vision

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On Being

Bobby McFerrin — Catching Song [remix]

Thursday, February 27, 2014

He is a genius of improvisation; a genre-bending vocal magician and conductor. And he sings the territory between music, mystery, and spirit. Who better to contemplate the human voice — its delights, its revelations, and its mystery — than Bobby McFerrin?

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On Being

[Unedited] Bobby McFerrin with Krista Tippett

Thursday, February 27, 2014

He is a genius of improvisation; a genre-bending vocal magician and conductor. And he sings the territory between music, mystery, and spirit. Who better to contemplate the human voice — its delights, its revelations, and its mystery — than Bobby McFerrin?

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Kenny Werner Quintet

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The jazz quintet led by Kenny Werner performs at Dizzy's Thursday. Download "Sada."

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Spinning on Air

Mystical Weapons, featuring Sean Lennon and Greg Saunier

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sean Lennon returns to the WNYC Studio with Mystical Weapons, his improvisational collaboration with Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier; artist, animator and projectionist Martha Colburn; and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily. David Garland welcomes the group to the studio, they perform one short and one long set, and they talk about the project.

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Radiolab

Uncertainty on Center Stage

Thursday, August 29, 2013

When TJ Jagodowski and Dave Pasquesi get on stage they introduce themselves, work the crowd a bit ... and then, the lights go off. And when the lights come back on, they're just standing there, staring at each other. The audience is waiting, wondering what's going to happen. ...

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Radiolab

Radiolab Presents: TJ & Dave

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Improv comedy puts uncertainty on center stage -- performers usually start by asking the audience for a prompt, then they make up the details as they go. But two actors in Chicago are taking this idea to its absolute limit, and finding ways to navigate the unknown.

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Soundcheck

Mystical Weapons Make Up A Song Called 'Somewhere Between Star Wars and High School'

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mystical Weapons -- a new project from Sean Lennon and Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier -- stops by the studio to play its brash blend of experimental and improvisational noise rock.

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Soundcheck

Musical "Red Lights"; Mystical Weapons

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

In this episode: How music can destroy your relationship. Or, at least, make you think twice about continuing to date that Jewel fan. Contributor Faith Salie tells us about the time she hit a musical "red light" and unwisely sped right through. And, we ask neuroscientist Daniel Levitin about why music can sometimes be a tell-tale warning sign of an impending love disaster.

A new biography attempts to unearth new details about the life of Michael Jackson. We’ll get a review from writer Bill Wyman.

Multi-instrumentalist Sean Lennon and drummer Greg Saunier of the band Deerhoof bring their new project Mystical Weapons to our studio for a completely improvised performance.

Features

Del Close Lives on at the Upright Citizens Brigade Improv Marathon

Friday, August 12, 2011

Del Close, who taught long-form improvisational comedy in Chicago in the '70s, passed away in 1999. But his memory lives on for 72 straight hours of improv in the city this weekend. The Del Close Marathon, which was started by the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), kicks off on Friday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fun with How-To

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Misha Glouberman and Sheila Heti, founders of the Trampoline Hall amateur lecture series and co-authors of The Chairs Are Where the People Go: How to Live, Work, and Play in the City, offer an off-beat self-help book based on Globerman's collected wisdom as an improvisation teacher.

Event: Misha Glouberman and Sheila Heti's Trampoline Hall lecture series comes to Brooklyn tonight.

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New Sounds

New Concert Music

Sunday, May 15, 2011

There are works for orchestra, works for the dance, and works with electronics on this New Sounds show, including selections from Joseph C. Phillips Jr. ’s work, "Vipassana," which, in the Pali language of early Buddhist texts, means "insight."

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WNYC News

Singles Try Improvising Their Way Into Coupledom

Thursday, February 10, 2011

WNYC

If you Google the term 'dating events' in New York City, 20 million results pop up in 22 seconds. There are gatherings called meet-up's, scavenger dates and erotic mixers. But there's a new kid on the singles' block: Improv Dates — a service described as improv comedy-meets-speed dating that promises you can 'laugh your way to Valentine love.'

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New Sounds

New Concert Music

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

There are works for orchestra, works for the dance, and works with electronics on this New Sounds show, including selections from Joseph C. Phillips Jr. ’s work, "Vipassana," which, in the Pali language of early Buddhist texts, means "insight." 

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Studio 360

Sound Painting

Saturday, September 29, 2001

Producer Jocelyn Gonzalez visits the Walter Thompson Orchestra that improvises sound paintings. Conductor and composer Walter Thompson has been developing a gesture-based conducting style since the 1970s that actually allows the orchestra — along with dancers and singers — to improvise entire compositions. 

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