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Jazz/Not JazzThe Music and Its Boundaries$
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David Ake, Charles Hiroshi Garrett, and Daniel Goldmark

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520271036

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520271036.001.0001

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The Praxis of Composition-Improvisation and the Poetics of Creative Kinship

The Praxis of Composition-Improvisation and the Poetics of Creative Kinship

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(p.171) CHAPTER 8 The Praxis of Composition-Improvisation and the Poetics of Creative Kinship
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Jazz/Not Jazz
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Tamar Barzel

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520271036.003.0009

This chapter focuses on the so-called downtown scene—a phrase coined by critics to describe a collaborative network of composer-improvisers that developed in and around Manhattan's Lower East Side in the 1980s and 1990s. Embracing an aesthetic of genre mixing and syntactical boundary pushing, downtown musicians—including Anthony Coleman, John Zorn, Don Byron, Shelley Hirsch, and Marty Ehrlich—drew freely on modern jazz, free jazz, rock, punk, and twentieth-century experimentalism from the European concert tradition. This chapter proposes that the scene—which was largely supported by the Knitting Factory, a downtown club—can be understood best through its role in furthering the discourse of composition-improvisation.

Keywords:   downtown scene, jazz, improvisation, Knitting Factory, Anthony Coleman, John Zorn, Don Byron, Shelley Hirsch, Marty Ehrlich

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