Free Play : Improvisation in Life and Art

Free Play : Improvisation in Life and Art
Author: Stephen Nachmanovitch
Rating: 4.17
Bestsellers Rate: 82823
Publisher: Tarcher/Putnam,US
Book Format: Paperback
Binding: None
Pages: 224
Hours of reading: 3.7 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 12,53 €

About the book

Free Play is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. It is about why we create and what we learn when we do. It is about the flow of unhindered creative energy: the joy of making art in all its varied forms. Free Play is directed toward people in any field who want to contact, honor, and strengthen their own creative powers. It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity. Filled with unusual quotes, amusing and illuminating anecdotes, and original metaphors, it reveals how inspiration arises within us, how that inspiration may be blocked, derailed or obscured by certain unavoidable facts of life, and how finally it can be liberated - how we can be liberated - to speak or sing, write or paint, dance or play, with our own authentic voice. The whole enterprise of improvisation in life and art, of recovering free play and awakening creativity, is about being true to ourselves and our visions. It brings us into direct, active contact with boundless creative energies that we may not even know we had.

Reviews

"Stephen Nachmanovitch has produced a celebration of human uniqueness. What it amounts to is a guide for gettingthe most out of whatever is possible" Norman Cousins, author of The Anatomy of an Illness "This is an unusually intense, packed, thought-through book on the most difficult subject in the world: mystic creativity. If you wantto be intellectually informed about how people actually craete things, then you should read it at least once." Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance "Would that Free Play found its way into every school, office, hospital, and factory. It is a most exciting book and a most important one." Yehudi Menuhin, violinist "Nachmanovitch tells it like it is in the most important book on improvisation I've yet seen." Keith Jarrett, pianist "Free Play is a superb guide for anyone who aspires to create, whatever medium." New Woman "This book is important not only because it delves into the creative process, but also because Nachmanovitch creates the opportunity for the reader to get in touch with her/his own creative possibilities and abilities." Harvard Educational Review

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Stephen Nachmanovitch has produced a celebration of human uniqueness. What it amounts to is a guide for gettingthe most out of whatever is possible --Norman Cousins, author of The Anatomy of an Illness This is an unusually intense, packed, thought-through book on the most difficult subject in the world: mystic creativity. If you wantto be intellectually informed about how people actually craete things, then you should read it at least once. --Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Would that Free Play found its way into every school, office, hospital, and factory. It is a most exciting book and a most important one. --Yehudi Menuhin, violinist Nachmanovitch tells it like it is in the most important book on improvisation I've yet seen. --Keith Jarrett, pianist Free Play is a superb guide for anyone who aspires to create, whatever medium. --New Woman This book is important not only because it delves into the creative process, but also because Nachmanovitch creates the opportunity for the reader to get in touch with her/his own creative possibilities and abilities. --Harvard Educational Review

Stephen Nachmanovitch Biography

Stephen Nachmanovitch is a musician, author, computer artist, and educator. He is an improvisational violinist, and writes and teaches about improvisation, creativity, and systems approaches in many fields of activity.

Biography

Born in 1950, Nachmanovitch grew up in Los Angeles and studied at Harvard University and the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he earned a PhD in the History of Consciousness for an exploration of William Blake. His mentor was the anthropologist and philosopher Gregory Bateson. He has taught and lectured widely in the United States and abroad on creativity and the spiritual underpinnings of art. In the 1970s he was a pioneer in free improvisation on violin, viola and electric violin and opened up many techniques now used in electroacoustic music. He has presented master classes and workshops in improvisation at many conservatories and universities worldwide, including the Yehudi Menuhin School and Juilliard. He has had numerous appearances on radio, television, and at music and theater festivals. He has collaborated with other artists in media including music, dance, theater, and film, and has developed programs melding art, music, literature, and computer technology. He has published articles in a variety of fields since 1966, and is the author of Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art (Penguin-Tarcher, 1990), and The Art of Is: Improvising as a Way of Life, (New World Library, 2019). Much of his teaching beyond music and the arts relates to the universality of improvisation and creativity in all fields of life, and the accessibility of improvisational process to each person at each moment It is the most normal thing in the world to improvise. We improvise every time we say a sentence, but we are told in our veneration of the masters that the creative process is some sort of mysterious and godlike thing only possessed by a few people – when in fact we are improvising all the time, creating all the time. In the 1980s and 1990s he created computer music software including The World Music Menu (first developed 1987, new versions through 2007), and the visual music software tools Zmusic (first presented at the Visual Music Alliance, Los Angeles, 1987) and Visual Music Tone Painter (first developed 1992, new versions through 2007).In the years following the millennium his time has been divided between improvisation concerts on violin, viola, electric violin and viola d'amore, both solo and in partnership with other musicians, dancers, and theater artists, lecturing and teaching workshops on improvisation, writing about creativity and about the influence of Gregory Bateson on modern thought, and visual music and other multimedia works. He has served on the boards of the International Society for Improvised Music, the New Violin Family Association and the Bateson Idea Group.

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The Art of Is: Improvising as a Way of Life (New World Library, 2019). ... Read full biography

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Publisher: Tarcher/Putnam,US
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Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9780874776317
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Book Format: Paperback
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Pages: 224
Book Weight: 185.97
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Publication date: July 18, 2011
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Publication City/Country: New York, United States

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