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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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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.