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Improv:21:
Solo Performance - the Composer - Performer’s focal point: An Informance with Ned Rothenberg

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Item Type: Video Duration: 102 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: ROVA

Derk Richardson interviews New York based, master-saxophonist, Ned Rothenberg, who composes and performs on saxophones, clarinets, flute, and shakuhachi (an end blown Japanese bamboo flute). Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for his solo music, which he has presented for the past 25 years in hundreds of concerts throughout North and South America, Europe, and Japan. In this Improv:21 event, recorded on February 15, 2006 at the 21 Grand in Oakland, CA, Ned compares the dynamics of solo improvising with the group chemistry that is discovered when working with an ensemble. He also discusses the differences and similarities between improvising and composing, and traces the evolution of the composer from the days of composer/performers such as Bach and Beethoven to the more purely academic composers such as Schoenberg. Also touched upon are Rothenberg’s studies, including those in Japan, and how the shakuhachi influences his improvisation. To illustrate his points Ned performs several solos on alto saxophone, clarinet, and shakuhachi, while demonstrating his praxis and his ways of practicing and improvising.

Musical Selections:  [improvised saxophone solo] (15:36) / Ned Rothenberg -- [excerpt of unidentified music from Cameroon] (2:00) -- [example of practicing improvising with the clarinet] (10:00) / Ned Rothenberg -- Tamuke (Offertoire), for solo shakuhachi [excerpt] (2:26) / Katsuya Yokoyama -- [excerpt of an unidentified piece for shakuhachi] (7:06) / Ned Rothenberg
Genres:  Free Improvisation; Jazz
Subject:  Rothenberg, Ned; Improvisation (Music); Jazz; Composition (Music); Saxophone music; Music -- Cameroon; Clarinet music; Shakuhachi music
People:  Richardson, Derk; Rothenberg, Ned; Yokoyama, Katsuya, 1934-
Recording Date:  2/15/2006
 
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