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KEYNOTE: Improvisation in American Taiko

Deborah Wong

Published: 2008-09-05

VIDEO: Dr. Wong discusses improvised solos in Japanese American drumming and their relationship to ideas about tradition and hybrid cultural identities. Gender is also a focal point of the talk, and numerous video examples of taiko performances are presented. TEXT: A biography and abstract for Dr. Wong.

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So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag