Improvising | Testing

Here we're grouping documentation of the many performances of improvised music that have taken place at our festivals over the years but also work that tests out a hypothesis in real time. Current highlights from this collection include William Parker and Daniel Carter's freewheeling duo exploration, John Tilbury and Wadada Leo Smith's meeting across traditions and Howard Slater's talk about individual and collective practices in free jazz.

The paired theme ‘terms’ offered here are not synonyms nor are they binary oppositions but words that combine to (hopefully) produce un-rational anti-categories. The aim is to allow (encourage) the archive to be read in ways counter to normative or reductive categories. To allow things in the archive to appear in sometimes unlikely groupings and to resist essentialism.