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PANEL: Words and Music: Powering Up

Olabanji Akinola, Tegan Ceschi-Smith

Published: 2011-09-08

VIDEO: Olabanji Akinola discusses the role of lyrical improvisation in a Nigerian context. Tegan Ceschi-Smith provides a description of Charles Mingus' "Fables of Faubus" as well as the Carnegie Center Jazz Band's performance of the piece and its associated social commentary.

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So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag