Cyprian Love is a Benedictine monk of Glenstal Abbey, Co Limerick. He is an organist and has recorded the Abbey organ on several CDs, including, most recently, some improvisations on Biscantorat: Sound of the Spirit from Glenstal Abbey (HBCD0038). He has also contributed organ playing to a number of RTÉ broadcasts of the Abbey liturgy. He teaches liturgical studies and various aspects of theology on newly established degree courses at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.
Is there a connection between improvisation in music-making and the exploratory babbling of an infant? Why is improvisation more often than not group-based rather than solo? Why are improvisational musical therapies so successful? Organist Andrew Cyprian Love explores improvisation as a ‘musical universal’.