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Graduate Research Assistant

University of Guelph

Joe Sorbara is a musician: a drummer and percussionist, an improviser and composer, a student and educator, a listener. He is currently enrolled as an MA candidate in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph exploring his work as a musician by engaging with the worlds of literary and cultural theory, critical studies in improvisation, and pedagogy. In addition to his studies he teaches about music-making through the School of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Guelph and the Regent Park School of Music in Toronto; presents a series of creative music concerts called 'Leftover Daylight' at Toronto's west-end venue, Somewhere There; and maintains numerous collaborative relationships with musicians and artists based in Toronto and abroad.

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.