The Art of Is: Improvising as a Way of Life

The Art of Is: Improvising as a Way of Life

by Stephen Nachmanovitch
The Art of Is: Improvising as a Way of Life

The Art of Is: Improvising as a Way of Life

by Stephen Nachmanovitch

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Overview

A MASTERFUL BOOK ABOUT BREATHING LIFE INTO ART AND ART INTO LIFE

“Stephen Nachmanovitch’s The Art of Is is a philosophical meditation on living, living fully, living in the present. To the author, an improvisation is a co-creation that arises out of listening and mutual attentiveness, out of a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. It is a product of the nervous system, bigger than the brain and bigger than the body; it is a once-in-a-lifetime encounter, unprecedented and unrepeatable. Drawing from the wisdom of the ages, The Art of Is not only gives the reader an inside view of the states of mind that give rise to improvisation, it is also a celebration of the power of the human spirit, which — when exercised with love, immense patience, and discipline — is an antidote to hate.”
— Yo-Yo Ma, cellist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608686155
Publisher: New World Library
Publication date: 04/09/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 284,517
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

An improvisational violinist and the author of the classic work Free Play, Stephen Nachmanovitch, PhD, performs and teaches internationally at the intersections of multimedia, performing arts, ecology, and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Contents

1. Tell Them About the Dream
2. Introduction

I – Interplay

3. Improvising
4. Verbs and Nouns
5. Knobs and Dials
6. Stuck or Sticky
7. Finger Kissing
8. Nothing Forever
9. Universal Language
10. Bedtime Stories

II – Thinking as Nature Thinks

11. Natural History
12. All About Frogs
13. Twists and Turns
14. Listening
15. Interruptions and Offers
16. Rubbing
17. Mushrooms
18. Wabi-Sabi
19. After-flavor

III – Art and Power

20. Cloud of Companions
21. The Way It’s Supposed to Be
22. Art and Power
23. Daughters’ Daughters
24. Arrested
25. Heart Sword

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