Henrik Frisk, saxophonist, photo by Karl-Martin Almqvist.


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Below is a list of documents and articles relating to my research, but also to my teaching. Not all of these are proofread and finished - some of these may be work-in-progress or more or less structured notes for a presentation. The text documents can be viewed on-line or downloaded. Slides and more ellaborate documents with many illustrations are downloadable as PDF files.

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Improvisation and the self: To listen to the other

To listen to the other: This phrase raises an incalculable number of issues. One of the central topics in teaching improvisation is learning how to listen to those with whom one plays, but in my experience the most difficult task is listening to the self. The point of listening to the other in performance is obviously not to completely give up the self, nor is it to become the other, but to attune to, or find resonance with, the other. It is in the interaction between two or more musicians that open and unbound improvisation unfolds, in the space between adjusting to the other and listening to the self. In this paper, I will use my artistic practice in the Swedish-Vietnamese group The Six Tones as a context for approaching some of these questions concerning self and other by means of three concepts, each of which have a profound influence on the self: freedom, habit, and individuality. Though these concepts are very broad and deep, they will be tackled in a relatively limited and practical context.

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Posted: 2014-01-09


(Re)thinking Improvisation: from individual to political listening

When we designed the International Sessions on Artistic Research and the accompanying festival under the same title as the research project, (re)thinking improvisation, we imagined the event to be a venue for summing up and bringing together various conceptual approaches to improvisation. The aim of the three year research project had been to examine three primary aspects that we found to be inextricably bound up with improvisation, yet often not or only implicitly included in its study and description:

  • Interaction
  • Attentive listening
  • Musical freedom
This paper is an attempt to summarize som of the dieas and concepts that surfaced during the concluding conference International sessions in artistic research.

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Posted: 2014-01-10