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2007 Speaker Biographies and Abstracts


Published: 2007-09-05

Biographies and abstracts for all speakers and presenters at the 2007 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium on "People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is NOW!" Held September 5-7, 2007. Speakers and presenters were: Amiri Baraka, Ron Gaskin, William Parker, Tamar Barzel, John Brackett, Marc Ribot, Anthony Braxton, Roger Dean, Alain Derbez, Charlie Haden, Peter Johnston, Howard Mandel, Roger Mantie, Tracy McMullen, Kevin McNeilly, Jim Merod, Michael Morse, DY Ngoy, Pauline Oliveros, Benjamin Piekut, Alexandre Pierrepont, Ken Prouty, Jane Reynolds, Jason Robinson, Daniel Schnee, Andrew Jacob Scott, Alan Stanbridge, Rob Wallace, Peter Williams.

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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.