Space is the Place: Ethnomusicology of Jazz

Curated by Molly Jones

Interview: The Gabriel Family - Six Generations of New Orleans Musicians

The Gabriel family, with their roots in New Orleans and a strong foothold in Detroit, has seen six generations of musicians anchor and pioneer the musical styles of New Orleans.

Nicole Mitchell on Her Projects and Process

Flautist and composer Nicole Mitchell, internationally lauded artist and former president of the AACM, discuss

Listening in Improvisation

Listening plays a fundamental role in jazz improvisation; but is it necessary for each player to hear all others in a successful improvisation? To better understand the interactions and dynamics of improvisation, a two-part project was started.

Amy Brandon, the Scientific Guitarist

Launched in January, The Scientific Guitarist explores Amy Brandon's ongoing work in the intersections of guitar performance, jazz, and cognitive research.

SEM Preview: Global Perspectives on Improvisation and the Traditional at the 2016 SEM Conference

The Society for Ethnomusicology Improvisation Section brings together SEM members engaging in scholarship on extemporaneous music making for the purpose of advancing the development of cross-cultural scholarly perspectives on improvisational phenomena, primarily through the sponsorship and promotion of discussions, events, and publications related to improvisation.


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