The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue / Edition 1

The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue / Edition 1

by Daniel Fischlin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0819566829

ISBN-13: 9780819566829

Pub. Date: 03/30/2004

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

A breakthrough book in the emergent fields of improvisation and cultural theory, The Other Side of Nowhere conveys the spirit and energy of an experimental celebration. The volume is divided into four sections: writings of musicians about improvising; examinations of inter- and cross-cultural dialogue; discussions of social practice and identity; and essays

Overview

A breakthrough book in the emergent fields of improvisation and cultural theory, The Other Side of Nowhere conveys the spirit and energy of an experimental celebration. The volume is divided into four sections: writings of musicians about improvising; examinations of inter- and cross-cultural dialogue; discussions of social practice and identity; and essays about collaborative dissonance. The 17 essays present jazz improvisation as a cultural practice with far-reaching ramifications. Music is treated not merely as an artistic phenomenon, but as a social force with the power to effect substantial change among people of marginalized races, genders, sexualities and ethnicities. The collection argues that there is a distinctive relationship between the emergence of free jazz, the desire for social justice and activist practices. The Other Side of Nowhere is a groundbreaking book that offers multiple perspectives on the art of jazz improvisation—it will inspire readers to create, collaborate and dissent.

CONTRIBUTORS: John Corbett, Krin Gabbard, Michael Jarrett, George E. Lewis, Nathaniel Mackey, Mark Anthony Neal, Pauline Oliveros, Eddie Prévost, Dana Reason, Michael Snow and Sherrie Tucker.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819566829
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
03/30/2004
Series:
Music Culture
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
462
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

PERFORMERS IMPROVISE
A Composition on Improvisation – Michael Snow
Harmonic Anatomy: Women in Improvisation – Pauline Oliveros
“Navigable Structures and Transforming Mirrors”: Improvisation and Interactivity – Dana Reason

BETWEEN AND ACROSS CULTURES
Transmissions of an Interculture: Pan-African Jazz and Intercultural Improvisation – Jason Stanyek
Improvised Music After 1950: Afrological and Eurological Perspectives – George E. Lewis
Afterward to “Improvised Music after 1950”: The Changing Same – George E. Lewis
Improvising in a Different Clave: Steve Coleman and AfroCuba de Matanzas – Michael Dessen

SOCIAL PRACTICE AND IDENTITY
“…A Way Out of No Way”: Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Black Social Improvisation – Mark Anthony Neal
Playing like a Girl: The Queer Laughter of the Feminist Improvising Group – Julie Dawn Smith
Bordering on Community: Improvising Women Improvising Women-in-Jazz – Sherrie Tucker
Improvising Character: Jazz, the Actor, and Protocols of Improvisation – Marshall Soules
Improvisation and Imitation: Marlon Brando as Jazz Actor – Krin Gabbard
Cutting Sides: Jazz Record Producers and Improvisation – Michael Jarrett

COLLABORATIVE DISSONANCES
The Discourse of a Dysfunctional Drummer: Collaborative Dissonances, Improvisation, and Cultural Theory – Eddie Prévost
Paracritical Hinge – Nathaniel Mackey
Out of Nowhere: Meditations on Deleuzian Music, Anti-Cadential

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