Jazz-Philosophy Fusion is an unprecedented combination of jazz music and philosophical ideas. By supplementing a conventional jazz group with a singer and actress, classic philosophical themes are explored, providing a new layer of conceptual significance to the music, a new resource for improvising artists, and a vivid way of expressing philosophical ideas which acknowledges that they are not always of simply ‘academic’ interest to us.
James Tartaglia is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Keele University, and the author of various works in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind; his latest book is Philosophy in a Meaningless Life: A System of Nihilism, Consciousness and Reality (Bloomsbury 2016).
Jazz-Philosophy Fusion, his own conception, is designed to express the emotional significance of philosophical ideas, and thereby provide new inspiration to jazz music. He has explored this concept on three previous albums (A Free Jazz Treatise, 2002; Dark Metaphysic, 2008; Kooky Steps, 2014), but his new album by the band Continuum of Selves called Jazz-Philosophy Fusion (2016) is the first full-scale, dedicated work.
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