Exploring and expanding improvisatory knowledge in musical practice

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This project was carried out as a series of concerts and workshops of organ improvisation with six professional performers. The purpose was to further explore experiences made in the artistic research project Rethinking organ improvisation, which pointed at how improvisation differs in musical character and function between different performance contexts.
Our aims were to
•rethink improvisation in our individual practices and as a collective, professional phenomenon through playing and discussions of experiences,
•explore how individual musical language(s) and creative strategies relate to socio-historical and musical performance structures,
•use innovative performance settings that challenge conventional notions of the musical ‘work’ and conceptions of ‘free’ improvisation.
Results suggest that emotionally difficult and artistically dangerous situations, presenting risks of conflict and failure, can be turned into tools for musical expansion and increased artistic agency when endured and collectively articulated.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul 19
EventMusical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) - University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 2014 Jul 172014 Jul 20


ConferenceMusical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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