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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 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.