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Improvisation, Representation, and Abstraction in Music and Art: Michael Snow and Jesse Stewart in Conversation

Jesse Stewart

Published: 2007-05-03

Improvising percussionist and visual artist Jesse Stewart converses with renowned artist, film maker, and improviser Michael Snow. Snow's relationship to improvisation began with his early roots in swing, his presence in the New York loft scene of the 1960s, and his involvement with two influential improvisation ensembles in Toronto: the Artists' Jazz Band, and CCMC. Stewart asks Snow about the role of improvised music in his broader arts practice.

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Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis