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Improvisation in a Community Centre: Performance, Activism, and Research with the Carnegie Centre Jazz Band

Tegan Ceschi-Smith

Published: 2010-09-02

A reflective piece by ICASP graduate research assistant Tegan Ceschi-Smith, describing and analyzing her experience as part of the Carnegie Centre Jazz Band. She describes the group's organization, practices and performances, and outlines future research and outreach plans for the group.

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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.