Friday, March 13, 2015

Fred Frith on Improvisation

Fred Frith on improvisation:
When you do it with other people, then all kinds of social aspects come into play, and mostly the qualities that make a good improviser are not dissimilar to the ones that I appreciate in my friends: being a good listener, sensitivity to your social surroundings, being there when you’re needed but knowing how to step back too, knowing when to be supportive, when to be assertive, when your opinion is valuable, when to just go along with something, when to insist! Patience. Tolerance. Openness. (Chan, "An Interview with Fred Frith: The Teaching of Contemporary Improvisation," Critical Studies in Improvisation, Vol 3, No 2, 2007)