Corporeal Archaeology, Embodied Memory, Improvisation
To play music, especially to improvise, is in part to bring oneself under the influence of other bodies from the past. We perform memories, our own and those of others. My body and my bodily practices are partly molded by memories personal and cultural— which means that my body, my practices, are not wholly mine. To improvise, then, is to call on the resources of our bodies and catapult ourselves beyond the confines and capacities of our singular bodies.
Co-author: Nina Sun Eidsheim
Available in 2016 from Duke University Press, in Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity.