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by: Kjell Nordeson Ph.D. dissertation University of California San Diego 2018
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Publication Date: January 31, 2019
Book Size: 5" x 8"
Pages: 218
Binding: Perfect Bound
Color: Black and White

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Book Synopsis
This dissertation is an ethnographic study analyzing how four improvising musicians articulate their music as social interaction and how they conceive of their practice in a larger stylistic and historical context. The musicians—Andrea Neumann, Joe McPhee, Suzanne Thorpe, and Axel Dörner—share in interviews the formative factors of their music practice, including the direct influence of local music scenes, socio-cultural considerations, gender and race dynamics, and their intimate relations to their instruments.
In my analysis, I focus on: first, their sense of agency in a context of individuality and community; second, performativity in music and the relation between musical practice and social interaction; and third, the connection between a distinct musical practice and the notion of musical fluency.
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Kjell Nordeson Ph.D. is a Swedish scholar, percussionist, and improviser. He defended his dissertation 'Why Do You Play The Way You Do?': Musical Improvisation, Identity, and Social Interaction, at University of California San Diego in October 2018.