Aaron L. Berkowitz : The Improvising Mind - Cognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment, Oxford University Press 2010
The subject of musical improvisation - explored through an interdisciplinary approach. The author explains, in an understandible way for the non-professional interested reader, and nevertheless in a sufficently profound way for the expert, the different aspects of improvisation.
On the one hand, the reader gets interesting historical and pedagogical insights, and he also will learn important aspects of the historical development of the musical knowledge base that is necessary for the practice of improvisation. On the other hand he will get important scientific insights in the state of the art of neurobiological studies about brain activities while improvising.
But these are not the only aspects on improvisation, treated in this 200 p. book. Learners'and teachers' perspectives as well as performers'and audiences'perspectives are treated in a crosscultural way. Improvisation is not a domain of Jazz music, as some readers may think. It exists in classical music likewise, and in the music of all other cultures.
The comparison of the learning process of improvising music and speaking a second language is another aspect that is treated in a multidisciplinary way.
I enjoyed very much reading this book and I recommend it to everyone interested in this exciting way of musical performance.