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We've all experienced it: whether in your parents' basement at age 15, in a drum circle in the park, or on stage at a jazz festival, the "jam" is an emergent, instant, singular phenomenon. Some have rules to stick by; others can go in any direction the musicians please. In this episode, we hear jams from groups of musicians large and small - including Krzystof Penderecki, Masayugi "Jojo" Takayanagi, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Don Cherry, Peter Brötzmann/Fred van Hove/Han Bennick, Werner Lüdi Sunnymoon and more.




A show dedicated to the ephemeral: improvised music throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly the outer edges of the spectrum. Visions--spectral, cosmic, worldly and solitary--provide the musical inspiration for so many musicians, and improvisation has proved an excellent means of communication. This show will draw on several musical traditions, including Jazz, Western composition, and others from around the world to explore how improvisation functions, communicates, and generally kicks ass.