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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.

...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)