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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 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.