Improvisation studies is a recently developed, but growing, interdisciplinary field of study. The disciplinewhich has only truly come into focus in the early part of the twenty-first centuryhas been building a lexicon of key terms and developing assumptions about core practices. Yet, the full breadth of improvisatory practices has remained a vexed, if not impossibly ambitious, subject of study. This volume offers a step forward in the movement away from critical tendencies that tend to homogenize and reduce practices and vocabularies in the name of the familiar. Chapter authors include John Corbett, Jason Robinson, Kirstie Dorr, Beverley Milton-Edwards, Sally MacArthur, Waldo Garrido, Jemma Decristo, Mike Heffley, Monica Dalidowicz, and Hafez Modirzadeh.
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About the Author
Eric Porter is Professor of History, History of Consciousness, and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements vii Preface ix Field Notes on Cultural Difference in Improvised Music John Corbett Introduction 1 Sound Changes: Improvisation and Transcultural Difference Daniel Fischlin and Eric Porter 1. Grooving with the Gnawa: Jazz, Improvisation, and Transdiasporic Collaboration 15 Jason Robinson 2. Improvisation and the Politics of Nueva Canción Activism 42 Kirstie Dorr 3. “We Are the Ones Who Are Impatient”: Improvising Resistance and Resilience in Jordanian Hip-Hop and Rap 76 Beverley Milton-Edwards 4. Nomadic Improvising and Sites of Difference 101 Sally Macarthur and Waldo Garrido 5. “That Which Exceeds Recognition”: Sound and Gesture in Hassan Khan’s Dom Tak and Jewel 125 Jemma DeCristo 6. Improvising Mythoi and Difference in the Asian/Woman More-Than-Tinge 150 Mike Heffley 7. Upaj: Improvising within Tradition in Kathak Dance 175 Monica Dalidowicz 8. Ode B’kongofon 200 Hafez Modirzadeh Afterword Sound Changes: The Future Is Dialogue 233 Daniel Fischlin and Eric Porter Index 261
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“Sound Changes is an exciting collection of essays, case studies, and histories of the way improvisation functions along several axes: crossing international borders, economies, and cultural histories; the ethics and politics of encounters on the stage, in the street, in the gallery; the body as instrument; gender, tradition, and new modernisms; and, perhaps most importantly as a vehicle to voice, across multiple publics, resistance and resilience, political consciousness, and collective responsibility.” Nichole Rustin-Paschal, Rhode Island School of Design