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PANEL: Pedagogy, Protest, and Alternative Communities

Alain Derbez, Devin Hurd, Tracey Nicholls

Published: 2009-09-09

VIDEO: Three presenters give talks on a range of topics related to improvisation and community formation, and to the protestation of social inequities by those engaged in improvised practices.VIDEO: Three presenters give talks on a range of topics related to improvisation and community formation, and to the protestation of social inequities by those engaged in improvised practices. Alain Derbez: "To Listen to the Scenes and Watch the Music." Tracey Nicholls: "Strange Roots: The Liberatory Pedagogy of the Protest Song." Devin Hurd: "A Glimpse of a World Beyond Worlds: The Voyage of Sun Ra Through Terrestrial Trails." TEXT: Abstracts and biographies for the panelists.

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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.