James Hegarty

Biography

James Hegarty is an improvising pianist, music producer, and filmmaker who writes on creativity and artistic expression. His compositions have been performed in Europe, Asia, and throughout the US. He recently filmed a documentary on the creativity of street musicians in cities across America.

Throughout the 1980s he worked as a free-lance commercial music producer confronting the intersection between art and commerce at a time when technology was rapidly changing the recording studio landscape.

For twenty years he has been a college professor who teaches composition and jazz students to expand their creativity and discover their personal style. Over the years, he has been chair of the departments of music, mass communication, and communication, the division chair of creative arts and communication, and he now oversees departments that explore the potentials of multidisciplinary and experiential academic experiences.

He has written concert reviews and articles on music technology for magazines and music journals. He interviews artists and innovators for his YouTube series, “Creativity Is...” Hegarty lives with his wife in a century-old historic home in St. Louis where he uses the space to record and produce avant-garde jazz and classical music.

Where to find James Hegarty online


Books

Inspiration Notebook: Over 100 Ways to Begin
Price: Free! Words: 2,130. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
(5.00)
A practical book of ideas to spark inspiration. This book follows in the spirit of "Oblique Strategies" by composer Brian Eno and artist Peter Schmidt. Use this book to to provoke your inspiration. Pick it up, choose a page randomly, or read a few. It is a book for busy, creative people who want to get to work!
New York 1979 1980: Street Photography Lost and Found
Price: Free! Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Applied arts
Hegarty shares a short collection of original street photos from New York City in 1979 and 1980. These images of street life and from the World Trade Center give a sometimes profound and poignant reflection on the passage of time and the power of renewal.
Guts & Soul: Looking for Street Music and Finding Inspiration
Price: Free! Words: 12,150. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Genres & styles / general, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
New Edition! Street music is amazing. It’s guts and soul – strength and inspiration, skill and spontaneity, and sometimes even power and beauty. So I went looking for it. Across America in six major cities. This is my story, the images from my documentary that share my discoveries and the music that gave me new vistas of inspiration.
To See: Tokyo Street Photography
Price: Free! Words: 630. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel photography
(5.00)
New Edition 12 More Photos! I wanted to see Tokyo, its heart and spirit in the faces of real people – in a moment’s glance, intersections of movement, the spark of knowing and seeking, the purely real moments flowing upon the river of life that is any street, anywhere. It was humid, it was July. But even in the rain, its energy never stops. This was Tokyo, and it was special, it was amazing.
Work of Art: The Craft of Creativity
Price: Free! Words: 29,830. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
(4.00)
Creativity is real. We can all be creative. There’s no entry fee, no requirements, no external expectations, no limits. In this book, Hegarty takes apart the creative process and shows everyone how to take their ideas from inspiration to completion. WORK OF ART is about the craft of creativity - the work process - that turns great ideas into something awesome and real-world.

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