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Guelph Site Coordinator; Executive Committee Member, Management Team Member, Co-investigator

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Waterman is both a music scholar and a professional flutist specializing in creative improvisation and contemporary music. She is in demand as a clinician for improvisation workshops with recent artist-in-residencies at the Chicago Creative Music Workshop, Sound Travels Festival (Toronto) and Art of Immersive Soundscapes Summer Institute (U. Regina). Working at the intersection of performance studies, ethnomusicology, and cultural studies, her current SSHRC-funded research is a comparative study of experimental music performance across Canada. Waterman’s work on gender, sound, and technology includes a special issue of the journal Intersections: Journal of Canadian Music 26(2) (2006). Her anthology, Sonic Geography Imagined and Remembered (2002), provides the first cultural critique of acoustic ecology, and she has published extensively on the environmental music theatre of R. Murray Schafer. Dr. Waterman is founding co-editor of Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation. She holds a PhD and MA in music (University of California, San Diego), and a BMus from the University of Manitoba. During 2008/09 Dr. Waterman was visiting scholar at the McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.

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