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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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...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)