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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 implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace