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Administrative Assistant

University of Guelph

Rachel has recently completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Guelph in Environmental Governance and English. Throughout her time with the ICASP project, Rachel has acted as the coordinator for the 2010 Summer Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and the 2011-2012 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquia. Rachel continues to provide administrative support for the project, including coordination for the 2013 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium.

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.