Thinking and listening: Understanding improvisation

Evan Desaulnier, Ellen Waterman
1969 Studies by undergraduate researchers at Guelph  
To anyone who has ever attended a concert of live improvised music, I would ask: "Wasn't there something about being there and witnessing the music unfold that somehow deepened your understanding of it?" The work that follows is the result of a seven month-long study that I conducted for my undergraduate honours thesis at the University of Guelph. My interest in the phenomenon of live improvised music has to do with the audience; for it is first as an audience member that I became fascinated
more » ... ecame fascinated with the way in which live improvisation meant more to me when I was immersed in its context: the performance event. The first goal of this study rests within developing an ethnomusicological research methodology that could be applied to field research in live improvisation. My research goals aim to discuss the social space of performance in improvised music and as such, considerable emphasis was placed on analysing the context of performance.
doi:10.21083/surg.v2i1.812 fatcat:jdjv7lzyqbhwrg5fygrbms4nka