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Book Review: “Free Play,” by Stephen Nachmanovich – The Practice of Practice

Every conversation is unrehearsed and reflects the activity of improvising as a basic life function. Then I was like ‘oh, was that what you meant, couldn’t you just have said so! It runs deeper than our activities involving music and art. None will ever recur in quite the same way.

We are willing to be infinitely patient and persevering. He is an improvisational violinist, and writes and teaches about improvisation, creativity, and systems approaches in many fields of activity.

Another thing I found really interesting is that he stresses the importance of allowing your internal muse and internal editor to run parallel to each other. As living, patterned beings, we are incapable of producing anything random. View all 3 comments. I refer back to the concepts in this book again and again. Eliot technique temenos theater thing thought tion totally tune unconscious violin voice whole Nachmwnovitch Blake writing.

Nachmabovitch the unfolding creative, spiritual process continue to reward all you artists — and by that I mean everyone! Many years ago I recall sitting in my local pub with a still well-known poet.

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This site uses cookies. The book is chock-a-block with illustrations and anecdotes including a nachmanovitcch tennis balland draws from spiritual traditions including Christianity, Sufism, Shamanism, and Zen. He doesn’t tell us exactly how to “transfer this receptivity, compassion, and free flow of mind to everyone and everything we touch” p.


If you are an artist of any sort, read this book.

Book Review: “Free Play,” by Stephen Nachmanovich

It continually speaks to me anew. This shortest section of the book explores what it can be like to create with freedom and how this can benefit not only the individual, but everyone and everything.

And I did get there To ask other readers questions about Free Playplease sign up. It is about where art in the widest sense comes from. Relax, and bring play and into all aspects of life! This page was last edited on 3 Septemberat Each happens only once in the history of the universe. I’ve read cree four times at different points in my life and each time I find something new and awesome.

Feb 02, Susan Richards rated it it was amazing Shelves: Notify me of new posts via email. Our body-mind is a highly organized and structured affair, interconnected as only a natural organism can be that has evolved over hundreds of millions of years.

What is the source of a creative idea? Jan 21, Jesse rated it did not like it.

Free Play: The Power of Improvisation in Life and the Arts

We cannot even program a computer to produce random numbers; nachmanovitcj most we can do is create a pattern so complex nacnmanovitch we get an illusion of randomness. Musicians and non-musicians alike will find his book meaningful, inspiring and thought provoking. A fine little book that I nachmanovvitch I will come back to time and time again.

I started out just disagreeing with the way things were worded. Published May 1st by Tarcherperigee first published January 11th This is exactly what we do when we set out on the adventure of loving another human being.


The thing about play in art, is it’s a sign of strength to spare, wind to spare, like someone running a marathon who breaks out into a pirouette.

Free Play: The Power of Improvisation in Life and the Arts – The Listeners’ Club

Nachmanovvitch 06, Malcolm rated nachmanoviitch really liked it. I go back to it often when I need a reminder about the role of play and creativity in life. It was missing structural guidelines such as transition paragraphs, or a general outline in the beginning. Remember when you drew letters over and over as a young child, taking great care or not with the shapes?

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. An improviser does not operate from a formless vacuum, but from three billion years of organic evolution; all that we were is encoded somewhere in us. Nachmanovitch asks us to treat every moment of our lives as an input to a creative project: Allowing ourselves the freedom to fail, we can become unencumbered by expectation and recreate a sense of childish abandon and bliss.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is about creativity and improvisation in general.