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George Lewis wins American Book Award

A Power Stronger than Itself, George Lewis' history of the AACM and American experimental music, was a winner of the American Book Award, presented by the Before Columbus Foundation. Lewis is the Improvisation and Pedagogy coordinator and a co-investigator with ICASP.

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.