I’ve been back from horn camp for a couple weeks now. KBHC was wonderful – small bits of sleep sandwiching large amounts of all kinds of horn, playing, listening, teaching. My only regret is because I teach I can’t go to hear all my colleagues deliver their wisdom, though catching up in off hours makes up a good bit of that. It’s possible that the high point for me (although it was all a high point) was when the Moose Drool Quartet (me, Doug Hill, Lin Foulk, Jesse McCormick) did some improvised quartets on faculty night (well-received, but they should have heard us during our one ‘rehearsal’ the night before…). KBHC was a wonderful, exhausting-in-the-head time, and I can’t wait for next year.
Most of the rest of the summer is taken up with fitting the countless pieces of that jigsaw known as a New Course together. “Creativity in Music” will be about how music is created – improvisation and composition. How do you generate ideas? How do you translate those ideas into music? Lots of reading, note taking, audio listening, video watching. Lots of work, but fascinating. I suspect that bits of it will show up here after I’ve had a chance to chew on them a while.
As counterpoint to all the reading for that course, I make forays into the links suggested by the ArtsJournal, that sterling compendium of ideation that appears magically in my inbox every day (like beachcombing, sometimes nothing catches your eye, but sometimes there are real finds), but which I only get around to catching up on about as often as I do all my ironing, say, every three months or so – and then: a marathon. For those of you innocent of ArtsJournal experience, hie thee to the site posthaste and anon.