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Graduate Research Assistant

University of Guelph

The guy in the photo goes by the name 'Jaime'. Born in Nicaragua and now growing his own family in Canada, Jaime is enrolled at the Latin American and Caribbean Studies MA. His thesis focuses on the literary works of Julio Cortazar in regards to the construction of a new Latin America. It was through Cortazar that Jaime was introduced to the Jazz world. As a member of ICASP, Jaime is researching the role of improvisation in Cortazar's works and the sense of temporality and/or alterity that improvisation induces in performers and listeners.

Jaime likes spicy food, black coffee, and playing with his son, Alejandro.

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.