Flow, Gesture, and Spaces in Free Jazz

Towards a Theory of Collaboration

  • Guerino B. Mazzola
  • Paul B. Cherlin

Part of the Computational Music Science book series (CMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Getting off Ground

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 3-8
    3. Pages 9-17
  3. The Landscape of Free Jazz

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Pages 21-28
  4. Collaborative Spaces in Free Jazz

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Pages 51-62
  5. Gestural Creativity

  6. What Group Flow Generates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Pages 101-110
    3. Marcel Marceau
      Pages 111-120
  7. Epilogue

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 137-141

About this book


The scientific approach of this book transcends the limits of art literature in that it also develops geometric theories of gestures and distributed identities, also known as swarm intelligence.
We exemplify this approach in the framework of free jazz, which is a prototypical creative and collaborative art form. Leader artists such as John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, and Archie Shepp are presented in their strongest works and theories.
The pillars of our theory of collaboration are built from psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s flow, physicist Gilles Châtelet’s gestures, and computer scientist Bill Wulf's collaboratories.


Finite Identity algebraic topology cecil taylor cognitive creativity free jazz geometry philosophy poetology spaces swarm intelligence theorem topology topos

Authors and affiliations

  • Guerino B. Mazzola
    • 1
  • Paul B. Cherlin
    • 2
  1. 1.MinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Dept. PhilosophyUniversity of Minnesota, Twin CitiesMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-92194-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-92195-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-0305
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