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im pro vi zay shuhn

  • n  a creation spoken or written or composed extemporaneously (without prior preparation)
  • n  an unplanned expedient
  • n  a performance given extempore without planning or preparation

  • By the time he was a teen, he had developed a knack for improvisation way beyond his years.
  • When you first hear them, a Gregorian chant, a Debussy prelude and a John Coltrane improvisation might seem to have almost nothing in common--except that they all include chord .
  • American troops in Iraq have become masters of improvisation, like bolting jury-rigged armor to humvees to shield themselves from sniper fire and shrapnel.
News & Articles

  • Sounds of Gershwin at Lincoln COA
    HOW ABOUT SOME GERSHWIN! The Art and Joy of Improvisation Enjoy a journey through the life and artistry of America’s premier 20th century composer/pianist, George Gershwin, with host Deane Ellsworth and guest pianist Evelyn Harris, on Wednesday, June 26, at 1 p.m., in Bemis Hall. Deane will provide special insight into this brilliant musician’s spontaneous ability to improvise at the keyboard ...
    June 20, 2013 - The Lincoln Journal
  • Music review: Bad Plus' Reid Anderson shows his strength as composer in 'The Rough Mixes'
    The Bad Plus’ Reid Anderson abandoned his bass for a classical-flavored piece that left room for improvisation.
    June 20, 2013 - Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
  • Rockies swept away by Jays in forgettable three-game trip to Canada
    The length of the schedule demands improvisation. The Rockies awoke Wednesday underneath the dome, feeling like they were crawling from underneath a rock.
    June 20, 2013 - Estes Park Trail Gazette

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