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Itutu ("On how to appropriately present oneself to others"): Extra-Musical Pedagogical Values in Creative Music

Pierre Carsalade, Alexandre Pierrepont, Romain Tesler

Published: 2008-05-04

Pierre Carsalade, Romain Tesler, and Alexandre Pierrepont have assembled their observations on the workshops led by Cooper-Moore and William Parker that took place in the context of the Actions musicales of the Paris-based Banlieues Bleues Festival. Moore's and Parker's involvement contributed to the empowerment of disenfranchised youth of the Paris suburbs and fostered dialogue within their community and beyond. Carsalade, Tesler and Pierrepont's sociological perspective situates the musicians' intervention within an African-American tradition where "music is considered as both an aesthetic process and as a form of social, ethical, and political expression.

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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.

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