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"See clearly...feel deeply": Improvisation and Transformation

Daniel Fischlin

Published: 2010-12-06

On the cusp of a North American concert tour in late 2010 and hot off the release of "To the One," his musical meditation on Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" and his own lifelong spirit-quest, celebrated guitarist John McLaughlin agreed to a CSI request for an interview focusing on improvisation and spirituality. In addition to being a prodigious musician in every respect, McLaughlin has had an exceptional, if not unparalleled, trajectory through the crucible of twentieth and now twenty-first century music.

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Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis