Contingent Encounters is an interdisciplinary book project that examines the relationship between improvisation in music and in everyday life.

Through a series of elaborate comparisons, it aims to explicate a more nuanced and rigorous understanding of what improvisation is, how it appears, and what it helps us to think about, socially, musically, and politically.

See the “about” section to learn more about the book’s structure and its arguments. Check out the project blog for updates about work, reflections on key themes, and a collection of examples of improvisation in contemporary culture.

Contingent Encounters is under contract with the University of Michigan Press.

Keywords: Improvisation, Music, Everyday Life, Contingency, Improvised Music