Ed Sarath is Professor of Music in the Department in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation and head of the U-M Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies. He is active as performer, composer, recording artist and author. His books Improvisation, Creativity and Consciousness (SUNY 2013), and Black Music Matters (2018) are the first to apply principles of Integral Theory to music.
Central to my work as artist, pedagogue, scholar and integral change visionary is the idea of an arts-driven revolution in creativity and consciousness that takes hold in education and society. Within the arts, moreover, I view the improvised musical art form of jazz as a particularly robust integral transformative catalyst. This talk probes a range of considerations by which jazz and improvisatory creativity are coherent with a non dual vision of consciousness. From the long legacy of jazz innovators who have been involved in meditation and related disciplines, including Alice Coltrane’s extensive engagement in Vedanta, to studies involving intersubjective dimensions of consciousness (which I argue are primordial to individual consciousness) that are enlivened in collective improvisation and meditation, to art-based insights into the socio-political dynamics of consciousness research; I lay groundwork for what I suggest is a new wave in consciousness research.
In intersperse my commentary with jazz flugelhorn interludes. Presentation
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