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Improvisation, Text and Media Co-coordinator, Co-investigator, University of British Columbia Site Manager, Member of the Executive Committee

University of British Columbia

Dr. McNeilly was a coordinator of Comin’ Out Swingin’: Sexualities in Improvisation and Power Play: Improvisation and Sport colloquia held in November 2007 and February 2009 at the University of British Columbia, where he teaches Cultural Studies in the English Department. He published "friend / to any / word: Steve Lacy Scores Tom Raworth" in Mosaic 42.1 (2009), as well as numerous essays on poetry, critical theory, television and improvised music. He is currently at work on a study of Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett and the poetics of listening. He holds a doctorate from Queen’s University, and was a Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universirty of British Columbia.

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.