University of Tennessee
First Year Studies




The Golden Age of Non-Idiomatic (Free) Improvisation: Music like you've never heard it before.
First Year Studies
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Instructor:  Prof. David Keffer

Course Notes
musician track listing quotes
Susan Alcorn track listing quotes
Albert Ayler track listing quotes
Derek Bailey track listing quotes
Han Bennink track listing quotes
Anthony Braxton track listing quotes
Peter Brötzmann track listing quotes
Ornette Coleman track listing quotes
John Coltrane track listing quotes
Marilyn Crispell track listing quotes
Isabelle Duthoit track listing
Christian Fennesz track listing quotes
Mats Gustafsson track listing
Barry Guy track listing quotes
Keiji Haino track listing quotes
Mary Halvorson track listing quotes
Susie Ibarra track listing quotes
Vijay Iyer track listing quotes
Peter Kowald track listing
Steve Lacy track listing quotes
Lê Quan Ninh track listing quotes
Jöelle Léandre track listing quotes
George Lewis track listing quotes
Sachiko M track listing quotes
Nicole Mitchell track listing quotes
Roscoe Mitchell track listing quotes
Thurston Moore track listing quotes
Butch Morris track listing quotes
Joe Morris track listing quotes
Günter Müller track listing
Amina Claudine Myers track listing quotes
Pauline Oliveros track listing quotes
Jim O'Rourke track listing quotes
Evan Parker track listing quotes
Barre Phillips track listing quotes
Hans Reichel track listing quotes
Keith Rowe track listing quotes
Wadada Leo Smith track listing quotes
Tyshawn Sorey track listing quotes
Colin Stetson track listing quotes
Cecil Taylor track listing quotes
Otomo Yoshihide track listing quotes
John Zorn track listing quotes
A note on the selection of musicians:
There are many admirable musicians, who have practiced or who are currently practicing forms of non-idiomatic improvisation, far too many to be discussed exhaustively in this or any other single course. This course focuses on individual voices, examining one or two musicians during each week of the semester. The choice of musicians is intended to provide a broad perspective of contributions to the body of non-idiomatic improvisation, past and present. That important musicians have been omitted from this course is inevitable and is strictly a consequence of the finite amount of class time in a one-hour course and the instructor's own judgments on the additional issues that particular musicians bring to the discussion. Finally, this list varies from semester to semester. Musicians listed above were presented in at least one offering of the course.


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