Italy was Garrison’s second home, as well as home to his lovely wife, Emy. Therefore it is only natural that his book, Outside Music Inside Voices, has been published in Italian, as Lo Spirito Della Musica Creativa.
We invite you to the David Friend Recital Hall, at 921 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, from 7:30-9:30 PM on 17 September 2015, for a musical tribute to Garrison Fewell. This free concert will be performed by Berklee College of Music’s Guitar Department faculty, in memory of their friend and colleague. Click here.
Garrison’s wife, Emy, has teamed up with Berklee College of Music to create a scholarship for creative improvising musicians. Please remember Garrison’s generosity when you consider donating. Click here.
On July 5, 2015, Garrison Fewell passed away, following a long, courageous battle against cancer. He was 61 years old, and was performing up to a month before his passing. He is remembered as much as a kind and generous man as he is a world-class musician.
It was Garrison’s wish that his website, as well as his creations as a musician, author, instructor, and human being, be kept alive and available as a resource for creative and improvised music. In this way, Garrison will remain in our minds, ears, and hearts.
As always, we welcome your thoughts.
Beautiful house concert in Novate (Milan) hosted by Cristiano Calcagnile, with Gianni Mimmo (Amirani Records) and Garrison. The best way to share improvised music with friends! Photos by journalist Paolo Ronchetti: http://mescalina.it/
Beautiful concert at Harry Bertoia Art Gallery, Pordenone, Italy. I played a duo w/ guitarist Maurizio Brunod ton present ur new CD, Unbroken Circuit, Caligola Records. Definitely inspired by Bertoia’s sound sculptures, our improvisations rang across all sonic dimensions. Photos by Luca D’Agostino, Phocus Agency. Thanks to writer Flavio Massrutto for liner notes and presentation and to Paola Martini, Circolo Culturale Controtempo.
“Outside Music, Inside Voices: Dialogues on Improvisation, Spirituality and Creative Music” is a book of 25 dialogues with the world’s leading composer-improvisers of 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 black & white 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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