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The Embodiment of Authority

Perspectives on Performances


Edited By Taina Riikonen and Marjaana Virtanen

Performance is a forum for social action, embodied interaction and shared authority. Recently, as the various acts and agencies surrounding a performance have become the target of scholarly interest, the complex split between theory and practice has been challenged, as has the idea of a singular, disembodied authorial ownership of the socio-material meanings surrounding performance. The Embodiment of Authority approaches performance, issues of authority and negotiated knowledge production through multi-material research data and interdisciplinary methods. The book discusses the relationship between authorial questions and performances via the following topics: shared authorities, ontologies of art work, diverse roles of rehearsals in the performance process, and embodied knowledge.
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Flow and Gesture in Free Jazz


Abstract Free jazz is a very special case in terms of the embodiment of authority because it embodies the authority involved in the making of music not created by a composer, but rather by the performer(s), without any reference to templates and other preconceived schemes. In this article, we apply the concept of free jazz, developed by Mazzola and Cherlin (2009), as a collaborative art centered around three pillars: flow, gesture and spaces. The study focuses on two constituents, flow and gesture, and their role as identifiers for the performer of free jazz.

Guerino Mazzola, PhD, is professor of mathematical music theory and musical creativity at the University of Minnesota’s School of Music.

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