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PANEL: Cecil, Ornette, Sun Ra, William Parker: Negotiating Tradition and Innovation

Michael Morse, Jason Robinson, Alan Stanbridge, Peter Williams

Published: 2007-09-05

VIDEO: Four panelists present on a variety of topics related to the tensions that exist between musical tradition and musical innovation. Alan Stanbridge: "Old and New Dreams: Tradition and Hybridity in Contemporary Music.” Jason Robinson: “Space, Race, and Transcending Place: Sun Ra, Afro-futurism, and Black
Nationalism.” Peter Williams: “Sound Has No Parents’: Ornette Coleman’s Harmolodic Democracy.” Michael Morse: “Jazz and the Rise of the Uniculture.” TEXT: An abstract and biography for each panelist.

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  • Negotiating_Tradition_Innovation_bios.pdf

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  • Negotiating_Tradition_Improvisation_full.mp4

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  • Negotiating_Tradition_Innovation.MP3

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  • Negotiating_Tradition_Innovation_full.mp4

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There is a curious yet enormously fruitful duality in the way that improvisation plays on our expectations and perspectives.

– Tracey Nicholls