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A good person and a good academic: a conversation with Tracey Nicholls

Elizabeth Jackson, Tracey Nicholls

Published: 2012-04-27

Dr. Elizabeth Jackson engages in a telematic interview with ICASP post-doctoral fellow Dr. Tracey Nicholls of Lewis University. Dr Nicholls identifies fundamental principles of improvisation in relationship to ethics and politics more broadly conceived. The principles identified are also discussed in regards to pedagogical methods, notions of justice vs. charity and conceptions of the future (rusty vs. shiny).

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  • Interview_Tracy_Nicholls_full.mp4

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So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag