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Key Term: Hybridity

Peter Blouw

Published: 2010-06-11

Although the postcolonial term 'hybridity' has typically been associated with failed cultural erasure carried out by imperial powers, this article suggests that in the context of musical and non-musical forms of improvisation, cultural difference might also be seen as the basis for meaningful collaboration. Hybridity is celebrated as the conceptualization of mutually reliant cultural relationships in the process of continual growth and change.

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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.