The Art of Improvisation: Part 2

Picking up on the exploration begun in a previous Hip Deep show, this program will delve into the personal experience of improvisers. A. J. Racy provides contrasting portraits of solo improvisers on the Arabic lute, the oud, and takes the listener inside the mind of an Arab musician in the spell of spontaneous creation. Paul Berliner, author of The Soul of Mbira and Thinking in Jazz, contrasts traditional mbira music in Zimbabwe and jazz, both musics that rely on improvisation. Beginning with a discussion of improvisation in the context of spirit possession rituals in Africa, Berliner returns us to the starting point of the first program, American jazz. Produced by Banning Eyre.