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Book presentation & concert on 29.9., 9 p.m. in exploratorium

Reinhard Gagel / Matthias Schwabe / (eds.)

Researching Improvisation – Researching by Improvisation

Essays About the Exploration of Musical Improvisation

This book brings together essays providing aesthetic, cultural, artistic and pedagogical interrogations of the art of musical improvisation. As a fleeting – but profound – process, improvisation is also a form of research, and as such, an instrument of knowledge. But how does this research broaden the horizon of improvisation? What is a form of research that is appropriate to, and derived from, improvisation? And what specific qualities does improvisation offer artistic research? This book, bilingual throughout, contains reflections and models which deal both with the art of improvisation and with the people who carry it out; and offers fascinating perspectives on the musical and the performative, and beyond this, for culture and for scholarship more generally. Contributions by Alan Bern, Mirio Cosottini, Rogério Costa, Corinna Eikmeier, Lara Frisch, Reinhard Gagel, Marc Godau/Matthias Haenisch, Urban Mäder, Matthias Maschat, Nina Polaschegg, Edwin Prévost, Matthias Schwabe and drawings by Fridhelm Klein.

Our internet-SOUP – an interactive collection of video and audio files, texts, pictures, drawings and pdf-files – can be foun here: internet-SOUP

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