Improvisation

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Wu Tsang & boychild by Tess Altman
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“It’s about creating the conditions for a moment.”

Okkyung Lee and Ikue Mori
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Two improvisers and composers discuss their involvement in New York’s experimental music scene.

Senyawa by David Novak
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“I want it like this, just how it sounds.”

Wadada Leo Smith by John Corbett
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“I think that creative improvisation music models the democratic principle. Heads of state and legislative bodies could learn a lot from this practice.”

Michael Morley & Alan Licht
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“Oh no, this is sounding too beautiful, too seamless, and too much like it was planned. I have to unravel it.”

Yoshi Wada by Tashi Wada
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“I was doing some plumbing work for a living and picked up a piece of pipe, blew into it, and it created a very good sound. So, I began building instruments.”

Tashi Dorji & Shane Parish
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“I don’t have a specific idiom that I’m aspiring to, and I’m not creating some sort of homage or giving a reference point for people to hang onto. I’m just playing whatever’s in my head, literally.”

The Necks by Clare Cooper
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“There has to be a social music.”

Vijay Iyer by Mendi Obadike & Keith Obadike
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“Asymmetry is part of what makes us human, and it’s what makes our actions feel human. And we only know that because we can have a programmer make something play ‘perfectly,’ and it sounds terrible.”

John Corbett by Andrew Lampert
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“The records I don’t listen to are as important as the ones I do.”

Áine O’Dwyer by Keith Connolly
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“As to the church organ itself, it seemed almost like a sample machine, like it could tap into sounds from different eras.”

Masaki Batoh by Ben Chasny
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“I still seek for eternity, which maybe is like a rainbow-colored butterfly flying away, suddenly in front of your face.”

Miguel Gutierrez & Stacy Szymaszek
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Syllable, step, and surplus.

Joshua Abrams & Nathan Bowles by Clinton Krute
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Memory, texture, and tradition.

Matana Roberts by Christopher Stackhouse
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Saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts combines music, storytelling, and political activism. On the occasion of the release of Chapter Three in her ongoing Coin Coin series, Christopher Stackhouse prompts her to talk about her background and vision.

Ryley Walker by Andrew Cedermark
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Into the mystic with the Chicago-based guitarist and songwriter.

Cecil Taylor by César Aira
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Dawn in Manhattan. In the first, tentative light, a black prostitute is walking back to her room after a night’s work. 

Gabriel Mascaro by Giovanni Marchini Camia
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Cemeteries and mansions by the sea.

Maher Shalal Hash Baz by Keith Connolly
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Nostalgia, rhythm, and synchronicity.

Paola Prestini by Helga Davis
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Composer Paola Prestini is the creative director of the soon-to-open Original Music Workshop. With vocalist Helga Davis, she elaborates on her Italian and Mexican background and her collaborations with artists of other disciplines.

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