Episode #27: Douglas R. Ewart, Improviser-in-Residence

This year, Guelph’s Improviser-in-Residence is Douglas R. Ewart of the Art Institute of Chicago, AACM, and Aarawak Records. In this episode of Sound It Out you will hear Ewart discuss his project Crepuscule in an interview with Dr. Ajay Heble that took place the morning of September 17, 2015 as part of the yearly Jazz Festival Colloquium. Ewart talks about the powerful maternal figures in his early life in Jamaica and being inspired by the strength and understanding demonstrated by Thelonious Monk’s wife Nellie, for whom Monk wrote Crepuscule with Nellie. He reflects on the relationship between individual self-respect and group solidarity, and the value of improvising together with a positive valence on diversity. This episode originally aired on CFRU on September 24th, 2015.


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