First book applying Integral Theory to music, with jazz as the vehicle. 

Recent years have seen increasing interest in jazz as a model for creativity across fields, with practitioners in business, education, law, medicine, sports and other areas recognizing the importance of improvisatory innovation and interaction to success in their respective disciplines. In Improvisation, Creativity, and Consciousness: Jazz as Integral Template for Music, Education, and Society (SUNY/Albany 2013), Edward W. Sarath takes this thinking a step further—into the interior dimensions of consciousness from which creativity arises. Inspired by the long legacy of jazz artists who have engaged with meditation practices and related consciousness-based exploration, Sarath illuminates how jazz exemplifies principles of an emergent worldview called Integral Theory—central to which is creativity and consciousness development—and has the capacity to catalyze a broader integral revolution that takes hold in musical study and then extends to overall education at large and society.  

“Ed is a pioneer in music education with years of developing original courses for his students as well as performing as a jazz artist of the highest order. In this excellent book he combines several streams of musical and spiritual thought towards realizing a new way to look at music education for all levels and styles. I especially appreciate his elucidation of how jazz improvisation and composition can be the unifying tool towards achieving these lofty goals. This book, though quite a task to read, is ground breaking and I believe will be a classic in the field of educational philosophy.”

  — David Liebman, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master

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475 pages

State Univ of New York Pr (June 2013)




1.1 x 6.3 x 9 in

Shipping Weight:
1.7 pounds

 Available on Kno platform as an interactive eBook for use on iPad, Web and Android devices. 

Available on Kno platform as an interactive eBook for use on iPad, Web and Android devices. 


London Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Ed Sarath:

New Beginnings
Timescape Records