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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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There is a curious yet enormously fruitful duality in the way that improvisation plays on our expectations and perspectives.

– Tracey Nicholls