Document Type

Media Review

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

One of the most liberating artistic endeavors is free improvisation. Released from the bonds of hegemonic details and constructs of the traditions of interpretation, lexicons of musical vocabulary, and the expectations to adhere to basic assumptions about musical grammar and syntax, a free improvisation artist spontaneously explores their unique creative essence. A recording of that moment is a brief, honest, and unhampered snapshot of that artistic pursuit, and it is transparently communicated in a visceral and intuitive form to the listener. For the listener, the unscripted context adds an element of unpredictability and excitement. Despite the inherent attraction of the free improvisation medium, the artist is posed with the inherent attraction of the free improvisation medium, the artist is posed with many hurdles. Common to many who practice in this non-determined medium of expression are the following challenges: delineating cogency within the larger formal gestures, creating smaller gestures than allow for development, and maintaining the listener's interest beyond alternation of ideas and gestural juxtapositions.

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© 2010 Jeremy C. Baguyos

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