Adventures in Creativity: Strategies for Stimulating Spontaneous Self-Expression with Richard Niles

Saturday, June 1, 11 am - 1 pm

Adventures in Creativity: Strategies for Stimulating Spontaneous Self-Expression with Richard Niles
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Creativity
Day Sat
Instructor Richard Niles
Status online event

In this workshop, Richard Niles presents many strategies developed during his 50-year career to stimulate creativity, with practical exercises for artists to develop their own voice.

Subjects covered include:

  • What is an Artist?
  • Finding Your Audience
  • The Practice of Imagination
  • Innovation
  • Subtext
  • The Practice of Positivity
  • Establishing Your Identity
  • Finding Your Own Voice
  • Obstacles to Creativity
  • Distraction
  • Success
  • Talent
  • Taste


About Richard Niles

Composer/Arranger/Songwriter/Producer “Richard Niles is one of the best composer/arrangers and a truly exciting musical force.” 20x Grammy winner PAT METHENY

Richard Niles’s career spans film, TV, theatre, pop, rock, and jazz. Records featuring his work have sold over 250 million copies. Credits in pop and jazz include work with Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, James Brown, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Michael McDonald, Cher, Dusty Springfield, Tears For Fears, Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones, Pat Metheny, Bob James, Lulu, Jane Monheit, Bob Mintzer, Jessie Buckley, ABC, Wet Wet Wet, Westlife, Boyzone, Take That, Kylie Minogue, Marti Pellow, Heather Small, Oliver Reed, Kiri Te Kanawa and John Patitucci. His jazz orchestra, BANDZILLA, has performed worldwide and recorded with Paul McCartney, Randy Brecker, Leo Sayer, and the Pet Shop Boys. He has written music for Film, TV, and Theatre and composed and produced music for over 100 TV commercials. Niles also wrote and presented many acclaimed music documentary series for the BBC (1992 – 2012). His books include The Pat Metheny Interviews, The Invisible Artist, Songwriting – The 11-Point Plan, Polymetrics, From Dreaming to Gigging, Adventures in Arranging, What Is Melody. He has lectured worldwide. “Richard Niles explains the mechanics of music better than anyone. Not only does Niles know what he’s talking about, he imparts his knowledge with clarity and certainty.” The Times (London) New albums: NILES SMILES, ADVENTURES FOR CELLO and PIANO.