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Onward Willow Improvisation Games 2010: A Critical Reflection on Playing Across Disciplines

Rebecca Caines

Published: 2010-08-25

ICASP postdoctoral fellow Rebecca Caines reflects on her involvement with a series of workshops held at the Onward Willow teen drop-in program in Guelph, Ontario. Caines describes how her background in theatre and community-based performance in New South Wales, Australia, was brought to bear on her work in improvised music. She draws extensively on the work of Viola Spolin, a renowned theatrical improviser.

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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.