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Here's your brain on improvisation...

Posted at 9:19 AM on January 6, 2011 by Alison Young
Filed under: Musical philosophy


What is improvisation? Isn't it just making things up as we go along? And that's what jazzers do, not classical musicians, right? Does it really make a difference in performance? How does it work and how does it sound?

Members of Cantus join me today to answer your burning questions and discuss the art of improvisation, how they use it and how it sounds when it's done right. Join us at noon on Classical MPR and get in on the discussion.