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Issue #152: Craig Taborn by Camille Norment
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Two sound artists on noise, fractals, Bach, Cecil Taylor, the new 7 PM ritual, and whether we still have use for the word improvisation.

Issue #152: Craig Taborn by Camille Norment
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Two sound artists on noise, fractals, Bach, Cecil Taylor, the new 7 PM ritual, and whether we still have use for the word improvisation.

Netta Yerushalmy by Jack Halberstam
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Paramodernities juxtaposes scholarly texts with movement, deconstructing iconic dances by Ailey, Balanchine, Cunningham, Fosse, Graham, and Nijinsky.

An Evolution of Textures: Mary Halvorson and John Dieterich’s A Tangle of Stars Reviewed by Jasmine Dreame Wagner
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On preserving improvisational force and the fluid collaboration between two musicians.

Tent Music: 75 Dollar Bill’s I Was Real Reviewed by Michael Blair
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“You could dance to it, mourn with it, revel in it, or march alongside it.”

Working Through Yourself: Kia LaBeija Interviewed by Nina Chanel Abney
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The artist, activist, and voguer on her Bauhaus-inspired performance for the Performa 19 Biennial.

Tyshawn Sorey by Claire Chase
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The composer and percussionist’s Autoschediasms language invites collaborative composition between a conductor and musicians by employing a lexicon of gestures and textual cues.

In Flow: Peter Evans Interviewed by Sam Weinberg
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The improvisor and composer contemplates polyphonic pathways and reaching past the self.

Las Nietas de Nonó by Pepón Osorio
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Sisters Lydela and Michel Nonó conduct performative interventions at their art space/home in Puerto Rico, using improvisation to process family memories and trace the wounds of colonialism.

Full Wack and Tender, Too: Shelley Hirsch Interviewed by Peter Stampfel
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The two musicians converse about their working-class upbringing, the elitism of the avant-garde, and the politics of goofiness.

Tauba Auerbach and Sam Hillmer
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Before the premiere of their multimedia collaboration LIGATURE, visual artist Auerbach and saxophonist Hillmer talk about connectivity, geometry, and the nature of mind.

The Punk Version of Mrs. Dalloway: Laura Parnes Interviewed by Stephanie Barber
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Documenting and improvising alternative lives. 

That the Voice Is a Shared Thing: Charmaine Lee Interviewed by Conrad Tao
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The vocal improviser discusses the visceral tactility of the voice as a medium for organic and synthetic sound.

The Endorithm 6 by Keith Connolly
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A selection of recently reissued music by Basil Kirchin, High Rise, Michael Cosmic, and Phill Musra Group.

Milford Graves by Aakash Mittal​
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The percussionist combines martial arts, herbalism, acupuncture, and technology to concoct a healing potion equal parts ancient tradition and pioneering experimentation.

The Chromatic Trip: on William Eggleston’s Musik by Maxwell Neely-Cohen
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The pioneering photographer releases an album of synth and piano works.

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.”

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