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things that you hope a human being will be

Alissa Firth-Eagland, Ajay Heble

Published: 2012-09-07

TEXT: This comprehensive overview of Jane Bunnett's year as Improviser-In-Residence includes a short biography, an interview with Bunnett by Ajay Heble, for a session of Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker series, and an essay by Guelph-based artist Dawn Matheson, who documented many of Bunnett's projects. Matheson's essay includes photos, first impressions, two impromptu interviews, and multiple summaries of the experience behind the videos (included as part of the publication). VIDEO: Content of enclosed DVD: Matheson's films, "Katy's Song" (http://www.improvcommunity.ca/research/katys-song), "Interruptions" (http://www.improvcommunity.ca/research/interruptions), and "Jane Bunnett and the Vertical Squirrels" (http://www.improvcommunity.ca/research/concert-jane-bunnett-and-vertical...), and video by Matheson and Nicholas Loess, "Sound Painting" (http://www.improvcommunity.ca/research/sound-painting).

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So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag