Creativity expert, Keith Sawyer–a recent guest presenter at the Institute’s online conversation, “Creating the World,” with Gwen Lowenheim–spoke at the conference of the Performance Studies Network at the University of Cambridge. He discussed how performance, by and large, has been overlooked in music scholarship, which has focused instead on the (individual) creative genius of the composer. Argues Sawyer:
Most musical traditions do not have “composers” who create; rather, they perform pieces that are handed down from previous generations….In most musical traditions, performance is a collective act, done by an ensemble, and interaction among the performers is at the core of performance.
Read more here on Keith’s blog.