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Music and Community

Photo: Girls' Jazz and Blues Camp, 2009
Ellen Seeling and Jean Fineberg, founders/directors
The Jazz School Berkeley, CA
(photo credit: Hali McGrath)

Musical Communities can be powerful sources of political, emotional, physical, and spiritual sustenance for musicians and listeners and potential sites to promote positive social change. In helping to support affirmative musical community, this section of the website will offer a forum for people’s experiences in music communities, links to various music communities and their projects, an introduction to some important issues in music and community, historical and bibliographic information, and other resources.

Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace