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PANEL: Jazz, Improvisation, and Transcultural Understanding

Alain Derbez, Kevin McNeilly, Daniel Schnee

Published: 2007-09-05

VIDEO: Three panelists present on a variety of topics related to jazz, improvisation, and transcultural understanding. Kevin McNeilly: “Improvising Diaspora: Fred Ho, John Coltrane and the Music of Radical Respect.” Alain Derbez: "Mexico: Steps Against Desmemory.” Daniel Schnee: "Middle Eastern Swing: What Arabic Music can Offer the Future of Jazz.” TEXT: An abstract and biography for each panelist.

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  • Jazz_Improvisation_Transcultural_Understanding_bios.pdf

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  • Jazz_Improvisation_Transcultural_Understanding_full.mp4

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  • Jazz_Improvisation_Transcultural_Understanding.MP3

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...the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners have helped to promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms, and to encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

– Ajay Heble