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Voicing the Unforseeable: Improvisation, Social Practice, Collaborative Research

Ajay Heble, Winfried Siemerling

Published: 2010-05-25

In a discussion of the ICASP project and the relationship between improvised music and literary texts, the authors argue that improvised practices, by virtue of their reliance upon collaboration, contain an element of unpredictability with extensive social implications. This aspect of "unforeseeability" in improvised practices is discussed in relation to cultural resistance, multiculturalism, business, and various other social concerns.

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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.