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INTERVIEW: Ben Grossman

Ben Grossman, Paul Watkins

Published: 2014-06-24

ICASP researcher Paul Watkins sits down with musician, composer, and improviser Ben Grossman. They discuss Grossman’s musical influences, the hurdy gurdy, general approaches to music and aesthetics, innovative music creation, the Silence concert series and space, and building community.

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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