“Outside Music, Inside Voices: Dialogues on Improvisation, Spirituality and Creative Music” is a book I’m currently working on. I have conducted 22 dialogues with composer- improvisers involved in creative music, with the goal of acquiring a broader, more diverse understanding of the value and positive contribution that improvisation makes to the advancement of culture and society.
The general theme is an illumination of the spirit of improvisation and the motivations of artists who have dedicated their lives to creative music. To know the music on the “outside” (an obvious play of words regarding outside music) and to hear the “inside” voices of these artists will be encouraging to fans of creative music, and hopefully for young aspiring musicians and artists to explore development of the inner self as a means of personal artistic expression.
Outside Music, Inside Voices was supported by of a Berklee College of Music Faculty Fellowship Grant and edited by jazz writer Ed Hazell and former director of Harvard University Museum Publications Evelyn Rosenthal. The book includes 30 brilliant b/w photos of each artist by Luciano Rossetti, 330 pages, Foreword by author Ed Hazell, extensive footnote references in the author’s introduction, and individual biographies of each artist and the author.
A list of the 25 dialogues includes John Tchicai, Dave Burrell, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Grimes, Joelle Leandre, William Parker, Oliver Lake, Milford Graves, Marilyn Crispell, Henry Threadgill, Steve Swell, Roy Campbell Jr., Han Bennink, Joe McPhee, Matthew Shipp, Nicole Mitchell, Myra Melford, Pheeroan AkLaaf, Baikida Carroll, Ahmed Abdullah, Rosi Hertlein, Irene Schweizer, Liberty Ellman, Steve Dalachinsky, Sabir Mateen.
Endorsement for Outside Music, Inside Voices by pianist Herbie Hancock: “Garrison Fewell has written a brilliant discussion of creativity and spirituality, delving into the deep relationship between these two subjects that spark the explorations of many of the pioneers of avant garde jazz music. I’m intrigued by the broad scope of the dialogues that are illuminated by his insight resulting from his own powerful experience in the practice of Nichiren Buddhism. There is much detail here that is compelling and encourages much more than a single reading of this book. There are many surprises to explore that are not only insightful, but ultimately, uplifting, encouraging and empowering.”
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