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Keynote Address at the Guelph Jazz Festival, 2007

Anthony Braxton

Published: 2008-05-04

Anthony Braxton gave the keynote address at the 2007 Guelph Jazz Festival and kindly let us video record it. Here we offer the streaming video (including many audio examples) along with an edited transcription. Professor Braxton has also provided three supplementary charts, included as appendices, that help to explain his terminology and his system.

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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