Slip Stream: Between Poetics and Politics--Improvisation in Cologne
AbstractCologne has a well-established jazz scene that has developed over the last thirty years. But a free improvisation music scene has evolved parallel to the schooled jazz improvisation milieu. This alternative scene throws free jazz styles together with funk, rock, and New Music, but is less bound to academic dictates. My involvement with the alternative scene in Düsseldorf and Cologne started in 2011, when Stefan Nordbeck invited me to improvise some of my poetry as part of a future session. In this essay I reflect on my participation in this scene since then. I describe my process of oral improvisation, which I suggest is similar to the automatic writing of poetry: both are archives of jumbled, abstract, but sometimes cogent ideas that reflect day-to-day life, changing moods, and preoccupations. With this practice, it is possible to approach everyday social dilemmas from a poetic perspective.
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