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Body and Soul: An Interview with Andrew Cyrille conducted by Rob Wallace

Andrew Cyrille, Rob Wallace

Published: 2011-07-12

Rob Wallace conducts an interview with renowned drummer Andrew Cyrille as part of the 2010 Guelph Jazz Colloquium. They discuss the body in relation to spirituality, drumming, dance, pedagogy, improvisation, sociality, big bands, among other insights and reflections informed by Cyrille's own practice.

Available Files

  • Wallace_Cyrille_Interview.mp4

    269 MB | video/mp4

  • andrew_cyrille_transcription.pdf

    87 KB | application/pdf

  • Andrew_Cyrille_transcription.pdf

    87 KB | application/pdf


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