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"During the first seven years of project activity, ICASP will present a total of twenty-one international general-audience colloquia."


Since 1996 the Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, co-presented by the University of Guelph and the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in partnership with the Guelph Jazz Festival, has brought together diverse communities of interest by providing a scholarly forum for dialogue among researchers, creative practitioners, arts presenters, and members of the general public. In many ways, this colloquium has been the driving force behind the larger project. It has already fostered an impressive record of publication including two scholarly books and numerous published articles. As part of this project, colloquia on related themes are also presented every year at the University of British Columbia, in partnership with the Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, and at McGill University, in partnership with Montreal’s La société des arts libres et actuels.

Individual Colloquium Pages

  • University of Guelph Colloquium

  • University of British Columbia Colloquium

  • McGill University Colloquium

  • Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

    – Rob Wallace