Improvisation and "Musica Livre"

In 1984, a musician friend said: "if you dont study songs and styles, your improvisations dont grow" and I answered: "lets see!" and since then I never interpreted or composed any more. And the music keeps growing and changing anyway...
Its a phantastic experience!

In the past years, I formed improvisation circles with amateurs and people who never plaid music before. The only rules are: "play in a way you can hear the others" and "dont play songs".
We discovered that it helps to pick up ideas from the others players, mainly the shy and unexperienced, and repeat or interprete them, and once the player realizes he is heard and his part changes the whole, he becomes confident to carry on...

In those groups I finally opened for my voice, which, apart from some vocals in the band Lizard only sounded when I was alone in the car. In the wild contexts of the improv groups, I experimented all kinds of sounds and found a lot about me and many say that the voice sounds beautiful - because its just honest me, I guess...

I am still unable to explain how improvising works, but anyone can do it with anything. Its possible to do things before thinking about them - or maybe think so quickly that we dont become aware of it, and thus bring out things we may perceive as aleatoric first, but then as deeper than anything we can think into...
So improvising music also teaches to improvise life, enjoy things that aparently dont make sense - and may make more sense than the things that have a reason.
In 2001, a fundamental experience with an accident confirmed this even more: you can not know what is right anyway. just select one way and you will never know how the other would have been...