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Oral Histories: A reflection

Paul Watkins

Published: 2012-01-12

This is a short reflective piece which discusses the intersecting relationship between orality and improvised music practices in the expression of personal and cultural histories.

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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.