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Jane Ira Bloom interviews for new book about improvising

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'Being Here,' a book of interviews by Radhika Philip focuses on the values and practices of improvisational musicians. The author uses some of New York City's finest musicans as her subjects, and joining Jane Ira Bloom are Andy Bey, Ben Monder, Billy Hart, Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, Butch Morris, Chris Potter, Dafnis Prieto, David Binney, Dave Douglas, Gregoire Maret, Henry Threadgill, Jason Moran, Kenny Wollesen, Maria Schneider, Mark Turner, Robert Glasper, Steve Coleman, Thomas Morgan, and Vijay Iyer, William. Ms Philip disusses composing, improvising and bandleading, as well as the relationship between the art and the audience.  

Radhika Philip was born in Bombay, India, and came to the United States to study anthropology. From the moment she set foot in New York City, she has felt inextricably bonded to it.  Jazz came into her life serendipitously many years later.  She came to value the art as an unorthodox space of great diversity, a culture of creativity and risk taking.  With this appreciation of the culture, she began interviewing contemporary New York City musicians about their values and practices, ideas and relationships, and the scene's ideological and operational dynamics and interactions.  Her intent, documentary, was also practical-to share stories about the creative and collaborative spirit with each of us.

Being Here is the first volume of her interviews.