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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 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.