Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jason Moran - "Promoting the abstract"

There's a short interview with Jason Moran on PBS talking about his new role as artistic director at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. My favorite part is his response to a question about the role of jazz in our culture today, given that the art form has become marginalized.

"We can promote the abstract....Improvisational music and jazz really forces us to focus, it forces us to have an imagination, to create our own ideas about what we're hearing....I want to promote that, that audiences come in as thinkers just as much as the performers are thinkers."

Watch Jason Moran 'Promotes the Abstract' in Jazz on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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