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RE: david toop article - nytimes - today

I'd go as far as to say that improvisation is specifically NOT about what you know,like and feel.
I don't think Margaret Leng Tan gets it..


> However, I think it lacks the dimension we were recently discussing
> here; how to improvise new stuff without becoming "a cover band of
> yourself". The answer to that question is IMHO of course Structures.
> Not structures in music but structures for how to stay creative during
> improvisation. In essence not far from what she tells about John Cage
> methods ;-)
> The thesis "Improvisation is generally playing what you know and what
> you like and what you feel" is a quite personal definition that I
> don't agree with. The heart of improvisation, IMHO, is to have good
> strategies to throw yourself out of what you like and what you feel in
> order to successfully experiment with the reactions of your musical
> instinct when confronting the un-known.
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen
> www.boysen.se
> www.perboysen.com

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