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The Early Improvisation of Paul Hoskin

Just two years after he started playing music, Seattle horn player Paul Hoskin got the crazy idea to start a festival filled with spontaneous composition. He invited all the experiment and improvisational players he knew in town (and a couple from New...

Just two years after he started playing music, Seattle horn player Paul Hoskin got the crazy idea to start a festival filled with spontaneous composition. He invited all the experiment and improvisational players he knew in town (and a couple from New York), had them head down to the Lincoln Art Center, pull names out of a hat and start playing with whomever they drew. Twenty-five years later, pulling cards out of a hat in long gone, but the festival is still going strong, now under the direction of experimental pianist Gust Burns. City Arts asked Hoskins for some archival audio of that first fest and the 51-year-old went home and converted this clip from a vinyl record that was pressed from the original 1985 recording.

 

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