Musical improvisation (also known as Musical Extemporization) is the creative activity of immediate ("in the moment") musical composition, which combines performance with communication of emotions and instrumental technique as well as spontaneous response to other musicians. Thus, musical ideas in improvisation... [more]

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During the late eighties there was a great American television show called 'Night Music' (originally 'Sunday Night') airing between '88 and '90. Those being years when I was under five feet tall I didn't get to enjoy much of that but now thanks to youtube I'm getting into it. One of my favorite clips I've seen so far is the one below, which features a performance by visual artist and musician Christian Marclay. Marclay is a well known visual artist working internationally now but here we get a glimpse of his unique turntable performance style. It's a wonderful example of the creative misuse of technology which a lot of Marclays work, in both visual and sound media, is dealing with.
I just want to bring some attention to S.T.E.I.M foundation, which has recently joined artandculture as a venue and member. S.T.E.I.M (studio for electro-instrumental music) is a wonderful venue and research centre located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They host many events
In thinking about the Anniversaries theme for the music section this month I thought of Somewhere There Toronto's venue for informal creative music which, as I read on the somewhere there blog, is having it's second anniversary soon: "On Tuesday, 22 September, 8pm, Somewhere There
by Troy
Behold, she who is…Nina Simone. Nina Simone’s artistry is so vast and expansive that it is often difficult for people to categorize her. She is generally lumped into Jazz, but I put her in the get-inside-you-and-make-you-jive category. Nina Simone is and

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