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PANEL 5B: Improvisation, Philosophy, and Listening

Guelph Jazz Festival, ICASP

Published: 2014-08-19

A conference panel presented as part of the 2013 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium. Moderator: Paul Waktins
• Gust Burns (Music/Sound, Bard College), “review studies: Not-Listening on Stage with Non-Sounding”
• Marcel Swiboda (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, UK), “Dialoguing the Present: Improvisation and Collective ‘Trans-formation’ as Critical Responses to Contemporary Malaises”
• Christopher J. Wells (Musicology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), “Feeling Jazz ‘Under the Skin’: The Lindy Hop and Embodied, Participatory Listening"

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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