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Musical Improvisation: Approaches, Practices, Reception and Pedagogy

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Prof. Ewa Mazierska (University of Central Lancashire)


Musical improvisation is normally understood as an act of immediate musical composition. By the same token, it belongs to the most common yet also most mysterious activities of musicians. The academic papers included in this special issue come from panel discussions with practitioners as well as musical performances at the conference “Exploring Musical Improvisation” held on 10/07/2017 in Preston, UK. The articles try to establish the meaning and value of improvisation in popular music at large and its various genres, such as jazz, blues, rock, post-rock, reggae, rap and electronic music.


Varieties of Freedom in Music Improvisation
Gillon, Les DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2018-0070

Composing for Improvisers: Negotiating the Issue of Individual Voice
Hunter, Anton DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2018-0019

Improvisation in Electronic Music—The Case of Vienna Electronica
Mazierska, Ewa | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2018-0050

Third City 2017: Improvisational Roles in Performances Using Live Sampling
Aveyard, Jon / Wilkinson, Dan DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2018-0051

Graphic Notation, Indeterminacy and Improvisation: Implementing Choice Within a Compositional Framework
Bröndum, Lars DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2018-0058