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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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...the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners have helped to promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms, and to encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

– Ajay Heble