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Graduate Research Assistant

McGill University

Ariel Swan is a Master’s student at McGill University. After receiving her B.A. from the University of Michigan, she moved to Montreal both for school and to be part of the city’s amazing music scene. She is focusing her thesis on designing a series of workshops that combine issues of social justice for marginalized youths and music improvisation. Currently she is an ICASP research assistant at Musikaddict, an improvisation workshop held at a drop-in center in Montreal. She performs regularly in town and has played with several bands, including Little Scream, Heirloom, and her own self-titled project.

So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag