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James Jordan: The Musician's Breath

The Hear The Inaudible
The Ignorance of Breath
The Clairvoyant Breath
The Moment of Silence
Intention and Revelation
The Audiational Breath
Understanding the Mechanics of Breathing
Breath Defines Our Interiority
The Idea Informs the Body
The Power Within the Rest
Breathing into the Idea
Breath as Initator
Action-Reaction
What is "In The Moment"?
Toward a Deeper Artistry
The Conductors Intimate Connection to Breath
Empathatic Constant Exhalation
The Troughed Beat
Breath and Body Movement
Inhalation, Insipration
Qigong Practice
Basic Qigond Exercise Sequence

Directed by James Jordan

In this provocative book, James Jordan examines why and how the breath is the "delivery system" for human and musical ideas in performance. "The breath," Dr. Jordan writes, "is the most magical and human thing we can engage as artists." This book makes a compelling case for the power of the breath and the power of submitting oneself to its miracles. The Musician's Breath is divided into two sections: The first discusses the "why" of breathing, while the second provides the "how" with practical applications for singers, instrumentalists, and conductors. Co-authors and Westminster Choir College colleagues, voice teachers Mark Moliterno and Nova Thomas, add their unique perspectives through chapters on yoga and other paradigms that reveal the power of the breath. A companion DVD (available separately) guides viewers through yoga practices that can provide access points to understanding breath, free points of tension, and "holding" in the breathing process. With The Musician's Breath, all musicians-from choral directors to solo instrumentalists-will deepen their understanding of the miracle of human expression through breath. This pioneering book is also a passionate and compelling call for the use of the breath as a pedagogical tool for performers of all ages and levels.

Item code: 7454B | Book | $26.95 |add item to cart
Choral | 228 Pages | Hardcover | 6 x 9
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