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Dream Improvisation: An Interview with Coco Zhao

Christopher Lee

Published: 2008-12-04

As one of the relatively few Chinese singers on the international jazz circuit, Coco Zhao (Zhao Ke) has garnered much attention and acclaim in the last few years. His performances have been acclaimed for their blending of Eastern and Western musical styles. This interview explores the social and historical contexts for Zhao's performance, his view on contemporary music cultures in China, his reception in the West, his understanding of how sexuality intersects with improvisation, and how questions of identity animate his career and creativity.

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We’ll all be more innovative if we participate in collaborative webs and share more openly. Creativity is always a collaboration and it’s always a form of improvisation, written large in the social world.

– Keith Sawyer