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Greg Tate

Greg Tate is a writer and musician who lives in Harlem. His books include Flyboy In The Buttermilk, Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and The Black Experience, and Everything But The Burden: What Black People Are Taking from White Culture. He is currently working on a book about James Brown for FS&G. Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader will one day be published by Duke University Press.

 

Abstract:

"The Church of What's Happening Now: Improv 2012 and the Cosmopolitan Truth"

This gathering will examine the economics, aesthetics and ethnicities of improvisational music culture in present-day NYC. It will include special emphasis on how older definitions of jazz, neo-classical, dance, rock, folk, global, breakbeat and fusion have been provoked, transformed and morphed by contemporary urban artists and audiences. The role of digital technologies and social media will be in the mix too. The panelists will also look at how race, class and gender issues have been addressed by present-day practitioners, and how gentrification has affected the communities and venues available to the city's contemporary improvising community.