The Artist of
January 15, 2020

The Art of Is

An Interview with Stephen Nachmanovitch
In stumbling upon Stephen Nachmanovitch's newest book, The Art of Is: Improvising as a Way of Life, I was immediately captivated by how he weaves musical improvisation into an expression of living life as a form of art in itself. In this sense, Stephen is an embodied expression of creative flow, and views it not as an activity to engage in but as a disposition from which he lives life. Because of his mastery of language and deep insight into the nature of our interconnectedness, I was less surprised to discover that he was a student of Gregory Bateson, whose work has impacted so many academic fields and forever changed the way I personally relate to life and living. In this interview, Stephen discusses his book, performing and teaching improvisation, and how we might relate to the biosphere in a future that will require an inherent recognition and awareness of the relationships between all living and non-living systems.


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