Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America. Andrew Yang. Free Play doesn’t deal directly with music practice, but it is nevertheless an important book for anyone interested in music (or other arts, or life).

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It is always a source of inspiration. I refer back to the concepts in this book again and again. And you are learning from it or changed by it playy some way.

Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art – Wikipedia

That there are other ways to solve problems, other ways to approach the page, and that improvisation, the lightness of it, the in-the-momentness of its playfulness, IS the ‘air that falls through the net’ that Neruda describes.

Beethoven would practice all day, and the father had a big stick, and he would smack it on the fingers when he made a mistake.

Somebody cut the tree. That was important for me. So it might involve whoever you bring, whoever is interested: Richer than our word, it means divine play, the play of creation and destruction and re-creation, the folding and unfolding of the cosmos. My journals were filled with drawings of homes and cabins I would one day build, outlines of stories I would one day write, some photographic motif to explore, sketches of coffee shops I no longer remember.

Book Review: “Free Play,” by Stephen Nachmanovich

A refreshing balance to reductionist efforts to simply map our way into uncovering the mystery of creativity. In there, the kids would see some pattern, for example in the leaves, in the trees around them: I recently recommended it to a person who works in the sciences and she found it helped her work through a difficult task she was confronted with. I read this book at least twice.


The creative struggles differ by form or by the person, but ultimately we all deal with the same creative and spiritual issues. This book is about the inner sources of spontaneous creation. A fine little book that I suspect I will come back to time and time again. Quotes from Free Play: He covers archetypes like the Fool, the Trickster, the Child and the state of samadhi, when one is ultimately absorbed that the self dissolves into the infinite.

What is it and why do you use it? But then, we also need the improvisational sense, to realize that all of these things are impermanent and that they are all participating in a bigger reality that we share in.

Though, of course, play is not the opposite of seriousness, because you see children or adults playing together and they are often very serious and very concentrated and doing something that seems very important at the time and that is also play….

Throughout this book I found freee remembering that conversation of over 35 years ago and realised that Nachmanovitch was explaining the rehearsal than Sam the poet had identified as the basis of successful spontaneity. That is so boring. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The author is an expert in about 85 million different fields, and it helps him write a truly interdisciplinary book that will have some relevance to just about anyone.

Nachmanoviitch tension comes from trying to reduce the complexity to a pure, simple stdphen that is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Because, instantaneously, they can start to improvise together, naturally and freely, without any premise. This site uses cookies. And do you focus more on the training and practicing of improvisation, or the creation of a performance for an audience?

May 10, Rachel Rizzo rated it really liked it Shelves: What pissed me off the ffee was This book really bothered me. But as we grow and experience the complexities of life, it may also be the most difficult and hard won achievement imaginable, and it’s coming to fruition is a kind of homecoming to our true selves.


It integrates material from a wide variety of sources among the arts, sciences, and spiritual traditions of humanity. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But in what order it is taught, and how one thing leads to another, in a sense, has to come from the kids. Jul 26, Marilyn McEntyre rated it it was amazing. Nachmanovitch, the violinist, has been recommended to me by a singer, and voice teacher. May the unfolding creative, spiritual process continue to reward all you artists — and by that I mean everyone!

Dec 03, Mauricio Lopes rated it it was amazing Shelves: Do not read this book. And there is always something to do, because what we do is very simple. In terms of practicing music, you see the piece as a relative thing.

But if you thought of seven things that you want to talk about and you only mention five of them because you forgot the other nachmanovitcn, who will know? Retrieved from ” https: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The book is filled with the wisdom of philosophers and artists, so I always feel when I’m reading it that I’ve been immersed in an ongoing conversation with the nachmnaovitch creative thinkers from all over the world.

The right book at the right time saves lives. Paperbackpages. As I was falling in love, this excerpt resonated deeply with me: Some of the questions explored are:.