Ed Sarath is professor of music at the University of Michigan, director of the U-M Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies, and is active worldwide as a performer, composer, recording artist, and scholar. He is founder and president of the International Society for Improvised Music and is lead author of the widely read CMS Manifesto, which appears in the coauthored book Redesigning Music Studies in an Age of Change.
A compelling and timely solution to paradigms of dominance and control that deny music students the value of African American-based jazz improvisation. Sarath challenges the fragmentation of people and practices that persists despite our best efforts at diversity in U.S. music degree programs. He offers a blueprint for the what, how, and how not to teach an integrative studies of music from performance and education to history and ethnomusicology. One that does not leave a core national practice of music to an elective. As we progress towards curricula that promote co-constitutive competence in performance, composition, and improvisation across diverse cultures and classical traditions, this book is a must-read.
This is one amazing book bringing together Sarath's expertise of improvisation and consciousness/spirituality studies through the lens of jazz/black music and raising the importance of black music to a much-needed socio-political conversation. It is a must read for academics in university music studies and performance programs.
Sarath engages the reader in the critical questions facing us today, how we understand, maintain, uphold, and use American heritages of Black music culture and appreciate its importance globally. His thesis and arguments are sound, soulful, and hugely sensible.