Playing for Keeps

Improvisation in the Aftermath

Playing for Keeps

Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice

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Book Pages: 360 Illustrations: 27 illustrations Published: April 2020

Music > Ethnomusicology, Jazz, Theater and Performance > Performance Art

The contributors to Playing for Keeps examine the ways in which musical improvisation can serve as a way to negotiate violence, trauma, systemic inequality, and the aftermaths of war and colonialism. Outlining the relation of improvisatory practices to local and global power structures, they show how in sites as varied as South Africa, Canada, Egypt, the United States and the Canary Islands improvisation provides the means for its participants to address the past and imagine the future. In addition to essays, the volume features a poem by saxophonist Matana Roberts, an interview with pianist Vijay Iyer about his work with U.S. veterans of color, and drawings by artist Randy DuBurke that chart Nina Simone's politicization. Throughout, the contributors illustrate how improvisation functions as a model for political, cultural, and ethical dialog and action that can foster the creation of alternate modes of being and knowing in the world.

Contributors. Randy DuBurke, Rana El Kadi, Kevin Fellezs, Daniel Fischlin, Kate Galloway, Reem Abdul Hadi-Hadi, Vijay Iyer, Mark Lomanno, Moshe Morad, Eric Porter, Sara Ramshaw, Matana Roberts, Darci Sprengel, Paul Stapleton, Odeh Turjman, Stephanie Vos



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Daniel Fischlin is University Research Chair and Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, and coauthor of The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Co-creation, also published by Duke University Press.

Eric Porter is Professor of History and History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and coauthor of New Orleans Suite: Music and Culture in Transition.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-0814-9 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-0680-0