Sunday, November 25, 2012

Music Improvisation, Conversation and Creativity

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, or the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change." - Darwin

Listen to this:

I've been thinking for while about how dueling involves 2 distinct, yet parallel and interactive, brain functions - the one that 'does' and the one that 'plans'.
The above link is a radio interview with a neurosurgeon and his work with Jazz musicians.
It's fascinating to hear that the experience of playing improvised jazz with another human is the same as my experience of free sparring/dueling with an opponent. I mean, it is not surprising in the least, the first article I ever wrote about Eskrima was called 'The Art of Conversation', but still most interesting to hear it talked about in these terms.

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