Improv Quote of the Day: Discovery Beyond Ink

Pen & Ink

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All European improvisation ensembles, regardless how they understand their goals, have one tendency in common: they are concerned with discovering and developing those territories which have been repressed by a thousand years of notation-dependent music. More accurately speaking, not simply by notated music, but by music notated with five staves and the well-known rhythmic symbols which no doubt has produced marvelous results but which has with equal certainty prevented the development of different musics.

– Erhard Karkoschka, Aspects of Group Improvisation