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Winter 2010: Undergraduate Research Assistant

University of Guelph

Steve Sladkowski is a fourth-year President's Scholar studying Music at the University of Guelph. His research interests include musical improvisation, jazz historiography, and the development of musical aesthetics in Western culture. He is an active performer, bandleader, and session musician in the Guelph and Toronto areas and is currently organizing the Guelph Improvised Music Series (beginning in March 2010). See more at: www.myspace.com/stevesladkowski

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.