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    So, I'm a newcomer at Talk Classical. But I noticed there're no threads about Free Improvisation. Anyone here into FI?

    For those who're new to it: Free Improvisation is a musical genre which emerged roughly by the late 1950s, but it's still practiced nowadays. It is basically a kind of musical improvisation which does not refer to any specific idiom (such as blues, jazz, ragas or baroque). Generally, in FI performances there are no pre established musical texts.

    It's a mixture between afro american free jazz (Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Coltrane and so on) and american/european avant garde XXth century classical music (such as Stockhausen, Cage and electroacoustic music). It's usually linked to political issues, being commonly refered to as a form of musical anarchy. By focusing on real time collective creation, musicians such as Eddie Prévost state that Free Improvisation requires a kind of ethics which is similar to what happens (or should happen) in communism.

    I believe the most prominents individuals and groups of FI are british, such as Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Eddie Prévost and John Tilbury:






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    An excerpt from an entirely improvised concert.



    Oregon has been doing this for years.



    As has the Art Ensemble



    And the rock groups King Crimson, Henry Cow
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    How can free of form be pure in a natural way ? First efforts appear to be cut-and-paste . Trance can get you beyond that . I think getting beyond trance just takes time - endurance , staying faithful . You can be more fully relational to what's going on when you ain't tranced-out .

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    An excerpt from an entirely improvised concert.



    Oregon has been doing this for years.



    As has the Art Ensemble



    And the rock groups King Crimson, Henry Cow
    Nice. Didn't know about these. Thank you for sharing.

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    How can free of form be pure in a natural way ? First efforts appear to be cut-and-paste . Trance can get you beyond that . I think getting beyond trance just takes time - endurance , staying faithful . You can be more fully relational to what's going on when you ain't tranced-out .
    Yes, I believe you said the right word -- it's about trance. Some authors and musicians have susttained that improvised music demands a specific understanding of time, one in which there's an intensified consciousness of present moment. This is pretty similar to what mystic traditions assert about time, such as Buddhism and Sufism.

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    Can the artist be innocent of pre-determination , having every moment an inspiration and a revelation ? I think it helps to be aware and thoughtfully responsive to anarchy in the environment .

    I once asked such an artist , a pianist ; how yooz do that so free ? The reply was ' know every tone on the instrument , have your fingers skillful in all the variety you can learn or invent - then think out-loud with that ' .

    I think it takes courage .

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