Improvisation and Social Aesthetics, the latest volume in the series Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice published by Duke University Press, is a welcome addition to the ever-expanding field of critical improvisation studies. Indeed, many of the book's contributors are innovators in the field, and many are also directly involved with the international research project that inspired the book series, now called the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, or IICSI. (The present reviewer is a Research Associate of this institute.) The book itself originated in a conference held at McGill University in 2010, one of the many symposia that generated IICSI. This brief context is important, since many musicologists may not be directly familiar with IICSI, and because a wide swath of the research coming from IICSI is beyond the range of conventional musicological discourse. Nevertheless, as the presence of figures such as Georgina Born, Lisa Barg, and...
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Book Review| August 01 2019
Review: Improvisation and Social Aesthetics, edited by Georgina Born, Eric Lewis, and Will Straw
Improvisation and Social Aesthetics, edited by Georgina Born, Eric Lewis, and Will Straw. Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice.
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ROB WALLACE is a Lecturer in the Honors College at Northern Arizona University. In addition to numerous articles, reviews, recordings, and poetry, he is the author of Improvisation and the Making of American Literary Modernism (Continuum, 2010) and coeditor of People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz Is Now! (Duke University Press, 2013).
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Journal of the American Musicological Society (2019) 72 (2): 595–599.
Rob Wallace; Review: Improvisation and Social Aesthetics, edited by Georgina Born, Eric Lewis, and Will Straw. Journal of the American Musicological Society 1 August 2019; 72 (2): 595–599. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jams.2019.72.2.595
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