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The Sound of Freedom: Fragmentation, Improvised Beings, and Canadian Multiculturalism

Paul Watkins

Published: 2012-06-08

In this paper, improvised music and identity are looked at in relation to the movement of multiculturalism in Canada. The paper is an idealization of what Canadian multiculturalism can aspire to be: a gesturing towards a more equal and free society for all its members. An improvised multiculturalism provides one possible template of how we can begin to think about change, and ultimately how we might work towards the notion of what Pierre Elliott Trudeau aptly termed The Just Society.

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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