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Graduate Student Researcher

University of Guelph

After graduating in English from UBC, David Neil Lee spent many years in Toronto where he performed, toured and recorded as a double bassist and cellist, worked for the jazz magazine Coda, and ran the small press Nightwood Editions. His books include Stopping Time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz (VĂ©hicule Press 1999), The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field (The Mercury Press 2006) and the award-winning Chainsaws: A History (Harbour Publishing 2006). Currently, while pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Guelph, he lives with his family in Hamilton, Ontario. His first novel, Commander Zero, is published by Tightrope Books, Toronto.

So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag