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Sangha: Collaborative Improvisations on Community

Vijay Iyer

Published: 2006-05-01

South Asian American pianist/improvisor/composer Vijay Iyer presents an interview/conversation with his longtime collaborator, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. In the non-academic format of a transcribed conversation, the two speakers discuss their individual and collaborative work in improvised music, touching on issues of community, history, and identity.

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Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace