Publications around improvisation

Improvisation and Indeterminacy- a follow on special issue from the issue: “Improvisation and Social Inclusion” (Vol. 40, No. 2): This will appear as Volume 40:2 Taylor&Francis, Contemporary Music Review Schroeder, F. (ed.) & Campbell, I. (ed.), 11 Aug 2021, Routledge. (Contemporary Music Review) Research output: Book/Report › Scholarly edition

INTRODUCTION Improvisation/Indeterminacy Schroeder, F. & Campbell, I., 17 Dec 2021, (Early online date) In: Contemporary Music Review. Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial ›

Handbook of Philosophy and Improvisation in the Arts

Chapter entitled “Manyness in Music Improvisation – Fernando Pessoa’s multiplicities, his differing selves examined in the practice of music improvisation” in the 2021 Routledge’s Handbook of Philosophy and Improvisation in the Arts (eds. Alessandro Bertinetto; Marcello Ruta). My contribution is a reflection on music improvisation and the inspirational fragmented texts by Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, specifically leaning on ideas from his rather incredible, posthumously published “Livro do Desassossego / The Book of Disquiet” (Penguin Random House, UK, ed and translated by Richard Zenith, 2001998/2015).
My chapter investigates the notion of multiplicities in music improvisation.
The chapter is entitled “Manyness in Music Improvisation –
Fernando Pessoa’s multiplicities, his differing selves examined in the practice of music improvisation”.

Music Improvisation and Social Inclusion (eds. Schroeder, Samuels and Caines, 2019).

Publication with Taylor&Francis in Contemporary Music Review Journal. A co-edited, exciting special, double issue on Improvisation and Social Inclusion with my own contribution entitled “Performance without Barriers: Improvising with Inclusive and Accessible Digital Musical Instruments”.

Free Music Improvisation in Brazil: an ethnography of Brazilian improvisers (2019)

My article on free improvisation in Brazil has been peer-reviewed and has been accepted by the International Journal of Education & the Arts / volume 20/15, July 2019. It is available here:

Evan Parker – Interview with Franziska Schroeder at the 2017 ‘Jardins Efémeros’ Festival in Viseu, Portugal.

In July 2017 saxophonist and improviser Evan Parker led a group of improvisers to explore the acoustics and resonances of several derelict sites in and around the city of Viseu, Portugal. The event took place as part of the Jardins Efémeros Festival. After two days of workshops and playing sessions, Franziska Schroeder interviewed Evan about his own journey as an improvisers and on his thoughts on ‘free improvisation’.
This is the result of a 50mins talk between Evan and Franziska.

You can read the Transcribed Interview with Evan Parker here, too.

Happy to share some photos from the interview and a selection of photos from two days of workshops, exploring some pretty derelict but incredibly beautiful sites.

Photos by Fernando Carqueja, 2017

Some further publications by Franziska Schroeder on improvisation:

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Schroeder, F. (2014). Soundweaving: Writings on Improvisation: Performing Improvisation – weaving fabrics of social systems. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (edited book).

Schroeder, F. (December 2016). Museum City – Improvisation and the narratives of space. Organised Sound: An International Journal of Music and Technology, Volume 21, Number 3. Issue on ‘Sound and Narrative’. Available through Organised Sound.