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PANEL: Improvisation, Cognition, Embodiment

Charity Chan, Roger Dean, David Ross

Published: 2010-09-08

VIDEO: A panel presentation featuring three presenters. Roger Dean presents a paper entitled: “Loudness, Intensity and Affect in Jazz and Free Improvisation Performance and Cognition”. David Ross presents a paper entitled: “Activating Bodies of Knowledge: Improvisation, Cognition, and Sports Education”. Charity Chan presents a paper entitled: “In the ʻAbsenceʼ of Sound: Cultural Memory, Bodily Knowledge, and Non-Sonic Practices in Creative Improvisation”.

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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