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Panel: Desire and Signification

David Lee, Michael Szekely

Published: 2010-09-08

VIDEO: David Lee presents a paper entitled: “Dance, Deconsecration, and Salvation: Ellington at Newport 1956”. Michael Szekely presents a paper entitled: “A Pulsional Ontology of Music: Barthes and Beyond”.

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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