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ICASP Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-2014

University of Guelph

Chris Tonelli completed his doctoral work in the Critical Studies and Experimental Practices in Music program at the University of California, San Diego. Before joining ICASP as a postdoctoral fellow for 2013-2014 he was Visiting Lecturer in Contemporary Music and Culture at the New Zealand School of Music at the Victoria University of Wellington and Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is an active vocal improviser who has performed internationally solo and with a diverse range of collaborators that includes a number of other notable improvising vocalists. His research interests include the theorization of vocality, the history and practice of vocal improvisation, transnational musical exchanges in and from Japan, and re-presentation/pastiche as a political tool in music. He has chapters forthcoming in the books Music in Video Games, The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, and Intensities: The Intersensory Affect of Sound.

Improvisation is a human right

– Muhal Richard Abrams