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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 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.