Q&A with Dan DiPiero, Author of “Contingent Encounters”

by Danielle Coty-Fattal August 24, 2022
Cover of Contingent Encounters by Dan DiPiero

This guest author post is a Q&A with Dan DiPiero, author of Contingent Encounters: Improvisation in Music and Everyday Life, from the University of Michigan Press. This book is available in hardcover, paper, and open access. What surprised you the most while conducting your research for the book? One thing that surprised me was how many references I could find to improvisation in the media. For years, I had been casually collecting examples any time I saw the word “improvisation” out in the world, for example on a billboard. But it was really when I started writing the introduction that I went […]

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Interview with William Cheng, winner of the 2016 AMS Philip Brett Award

by Sam Killian November 11, 2016

We at University of Michigan Press are pleased to share that William Cheng’s new book, Just Vibrations: The Purpose of Sounding Good, received this year’s Philip Brett Award from the American Musicological Society. Philip Brett (1937–2002) was a beloved professor and a pioneer of queer music scholarship. The book, an urgent treatise on the ethical stakes of contemporary musical scholarship and citizenship, was celebrated during the AMS annual meeting. During this meeting (which happened to take place this year in Cheng’s hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia), the Society praised Just Vibrations, calling it “a nuanced and intersectional work that meets concerns […]

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From the Vault: Frank E. Robbins and Illuminating What Was to Come

by Mikala Carpenter August 12, 2013

Our “From the Vault” posts allow you to take a peek into the history of the Press, where you can rediscover past authors, projects, editors, awards, and more that led to the development of the university publisher that the Press is today. This window into our past spotlights backlist or out-of-print titles and series and also recommends and contextualizes them with similar current and forthcoming titles. Explore the drawers of the Vault with our intern, Mikala Carpenter, as we uncover the hidden treasures that await us in the archives of the University of Michigan Press. From 1858 to 1930, the […]

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‘Bytes & Backbeats’ Author Confronts Egan’s ‘Goon Squad’

by Shaun Manning November 7, 2011

Sometimes the greatest reinforcement for ones academic work comes in popular literature. Such occurred for me as I was reading Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad.

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Q&A with John Howland, author of Ellington Uptown

by University of Michigan Press April 3, 2009

Ellington Uptown: Duke Ellington, James P. Johnson, and the Birth of Concert Jazz by John Howland explores a little-discussed yet truly hybrid American musical tradition lost between the canons of authentic jazz and classical music. Listen to the podcast at:

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