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An Interview with Fred Frith: The Teaching of Contemporary Improvisation

Charity Chan

Published: 2007-12-03

An interview with Fred Frith, guitarist/composer/improviser and the founder of the Master of Fine Arts Contemporary Improvisation program at Mills College in Oakland CA. The interview covers areas regarding gender representaiton, institutionalization of improvisation, and the difficulties and considerations of creating and establishing an improvisation program at a higher education institute.

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...the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners have helped to promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms, and to encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

– Ajay Heble