Infinite Improvisation Podcast

Infinite Improvisation Podcast

Why improvising is more than something from nothing, and how creativity and collaboration can improve lives and save the world. Part discussion and part experiment, the show’s hosts American saxophonist Steve Treseler and Canadian poet/musician Lauren Best find the fun in risk-taking, unscripted conversations, and multi-disciplinary perspectives to creative practice. Brought together by a shared belief in transformation through improvisation, Steve and Lauren bring their audience along for the journey, making it up as they go. . .

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June 4, 2023 57 mins

Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best.

Founder of Siliana's Piano Studio, Bulgarian-American pianist Siliana Chiliachka is reimagining music lessons for young children, teaching technique, composition, and improvisation through Music Learning Theory. 

In our conversation, we discuss that children are naturally musical and creative, but there is a lack of creativity i...

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Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best.

 

Canadian music educator and author Steve Giddings joins us to talk about sparking creativity in high school music programs on Prince Edward Island. He reveals what it was like to stretch from being a classically trained orchestral player to jamming in blues bars and playing in a ska brass section, and what ignited him to self-p...

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Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best.   Steve and Lauren discuss how to mix things up with some unusual improvising tricks and tips- including playing piano with eraser tips! Featuring inspiration from the audiobook, "W.A. Mathieu reads from The Listening Book and The Musical Life", the episode is packed with unconventional yet easy methods for tapping into creativ...

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February 22, 2023 88 mins

Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best.

In this episode, we talk about emphasizing creativity in music education for young people, from leading bands for Seattle’s JazzEd to Lauren’s approach to improvisation in small-town Ontario, Canada. We discuss program design with a focus on improvisation, how Lauren changed her approach to teaching piano, online group music less...

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Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best.   The first episode of our interview series, a conversation with Ed Littlefield. We discuss Ed's journey studying Native Lingít music alongside jazz, community music making, composing a song for Betty White (first 10 seconds: https://youtu.be/yp0yf5PpqkA), and much more!

Ed Littlefield is a freelance percussionist, educator, and ...

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August 26, 2022 42 mins

Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best.   The fifth episode of a five-part series on how to improvise, exploring each of Infinite Improvisation's creative practices: Experimentation, Play, Limitations, Deep Listening, and Reflection. In this episode, we reflect about reflection and discuss how to be an ally to ourselves in the process of infinite improvisation.

 

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August 3, 2022 59 mins

Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best.

The fourth episode of a five-part series on how to improvise, exploring each of Infinite Improvisation's creative practices: Experimentation, Play, Limitations, Deep Listening, and Reflection. In this episode, we experiment live with listening activities. We discuss our potential for deep listening and how to develop our deep lis...

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July 16, 2022 62 mins

Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best.

 

The third of a five-part series on how to improvise, exploring each of Infinite Improvisation's creative practices: Experimentation, Play, Limitations, Deep Listening, and Reflection. In this episode, we discuss the surprisingly expansive results of using, learning from, and embracing limitations. Featuring live musical experim...

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July 4, 2022 23 mins

Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best.

The second of a five-part series on how to improvise, exploring each of Infinite Improvisation's creative practices: Experimentation, Play, Limitations, Deep Listening, and Reflection. In this episode, we dive into play—embracing the unknown, taking the scenic route while learning through exploration, and being kind ...

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S2 E1: How to Improvise Part 1: Experimentation   Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best. The first of a five-part series on how to improvise, exploring each of Infinite Improvisation's creative practices: Experimentation, Play, Limitations, Deep Listening, and Reflection. In this episode, we dive into experimentation—embracing the scientific method, curio...
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April 20, 2022 41 mins
S1 E5: Q&A: Student Reluctant to Improvise    Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best. Steve and Lauren take questions from listeners about encouraging students who are reluctant to improvise, and how to foster creative student collaboration online.   For a transcription of this episode and more: https://infiniteimprovisation.podbean.com/e/q-a-student-re...
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April 20, 2022 72 mins
S1 E4: Who Are We? Part 2   Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best. Learn about your hosts Steve and Lauren—where they are coming from, and why improvising and creativity are important in their lives.   For a transcription of this episode and more: https://infiniteimprovisation.podbean.com/e/who-are-we-part-2   Get updates and exclusive commun...
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April 20, 2022 52 mins
S1 E3: Who Are We? Part 1   Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best. Learn about your hosts Steve and Lauren—where they are coming from, and why improvising and creativity are important in their lives.   For a transcription of this episode and more: https://infiniteimprovisation.podbean.com/e/who-are-we-part-1   Get updates and exclusive commun...
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April 20, 2022 45 mins
S1 E2: What is Improvisation?   Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best. Steve and Lauren discuss what it means to make things up. What is improvisation? What isn't improvisation? What are we even talking about? What are the links between improvisation, art, and life.   For a transcription of this episode and more: https://infiniteimprovisation...
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April 10, 2022 51 mins
S1 E1: Why Improvise?   Infinite Improvisation Podcast: adventures in music and creativity with Steve Treseler and Lauren Best. Our explorers discuss the "why" behind the show. Why this podcast? Why improvise? Why not improvise? Why are we talking about this? Why do we believe in creativity as a tool for transformation?   For a transcription of this episode and more: https://infiniteimprovisation.podbean.com/e/why-improvise   Get...
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