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Author Peters, Gary, 1952- author

Title Improvising improvisation : from out of philosophy, music, dance, and literature / Gary Peters
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 271 pages)
Contents I've Started, so I'll Begin: Heidegger's Other Beginning and the Origin of Improvisation ; With What Must the Improvisation Begin? Kant and Hegel on Certainty ; Memoir: Lol Coxhill (In Memoriam) ; Case Study: The Recedents Lol Coxhill and Roger Turner and Mike Cooperp. ; Precision, Decision, and Accuracy: Heidegger and Arendt on Singularity and Solitude ; Decentered Center/Displaced Periphery: A Deleuzian Perspective ; Memoir: San Sebastian Jazz Festival, July 20-25, 1980 ; Case Study: Bernard "Pretty" Purdie ; Fixing and Unfixing Idioms and Non-Idioms: Developing Derek Bailey's Concept of Improvisation ; A Different Sameness: Borges and Delcuze on Repetition ; Memoir: Bluegrass in Cheltenham ; Case Study: The Del McCoury Band ; Virtuality and Actualization: Deleuze and Bluegrass ; Deleuzian Improvisation ; Improvisation and Habit ; Case Study: Jurij Konjar and Steve Paxton: The Goldberg Variations ; Habit and Event: Rehearsing, Practising, Improvising ; Memoir: The Woburn Pop Festival, 1968 ; Case Study Jimi Hendrix ; Composition, Improvisation, and Obligation: Schoenberg and Beckett on Duty ; Bits and Scraps: Derek Bailey and the Improvised Situation ; Memoir: Miles Davis, Royal Festival Hall, July 1984 ; Case Study: Cyndi Lauper, "Time After Time."
Summary There are an ever-increasing number of books on improvisation, ones that richly recount experiences in the heat of the creative moment, theorize on the essence of improvisation, and offer convincing arguments for improvisation's impact across a wide range of human activity. This book is nothing like that. In a provocative and at times moving experiment, Gary Peters takes a different approach, turning the philosophy of improvisation upside down and inside out. Guided by Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, and especially Deleuze - and exploring a range of artists from Hendrix to Borges - Peters illuminates new fundamentals about what, as an experience, improvisation truly is. As he shows, improvisation isn't so much a genre, idiom, style, or technique - it's a predicament we are thrown into, one we find ourselves in. The predicament, he shows, is a complex entwinement of choice and decision. The performativity of choice during improvisation may happen "in the moment," but it is already determined by an a priori mode of decision. In this way, improvisation happens both within and around the actual moment, negotiating a simultaneous past, present, and future. Examining these and other often ignored dimensions of spontaneous creativity, Peters proposes a consistently challenging and rigorously argued new perspective on improvisation across an extraordinary range of disciplines
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Act (Philosophy)
Improvisation (Acting) in literature.
Improvisation (Music)
Improvisation in dance.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022645276X (electronic bk.)
9780226452760 (electronic bk.)