Improv Quote of the Day: New Kind of Listening

Hoover Tower as seen from the Stanford Univers...

Listening to an improvising group puts new demands on the auditor, who must realize that he is not hearing a finished performance as he would a traditional chamber music concert. What he hears instead is the coordinated effort of a group of individual musicians at spontaneous self-expression within a given mode of musical thought.

– Marvin L. Silverman, from his dissertation “Ensemble Improvisation as a Creative Technique in the Secondary Instrumental Music Program,” Stanford University, 1962.

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