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Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium 2008

Image: Michael and Linda Hutcheon Keynote Address

Diaspora, Dispersal, Improvisation, and Imagination

September 3-5, 2008

The 2008 Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium theme addressed ways that people use improvisation and imagination to create community and to turn exile into art. Diversity was a key idea, and the Colloquium featured presentations on topics ranging from African jazz to Brazilian music, from digital improvisation to freestyling among First Nations Youth. New this year were presentations and a poster session by participants in ICASP's inaugural Summer Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.

This year also featured a special performance by the children at the KidsAbility Centre for Child Development in Guelph, who learned to tell their own story at the "Play Who You Are" workshop series that ran August 16-17 and September 4-5. The workshops were facilitated by Canadian musician Rich Marsella and international guest artist, saxophonist Matana Roberts. Click here to watch a video from the workshop.

See bottom of page for links to the 2008 Abstracts & Bios and the original Call For Papers.



  • Matana Roberts's Coin Coin: Prologue
  • Rouge Ciel
  • Safa

Archived Schedule of Events

Please click here to view an archived copy of the 2008 Schedule of Events in brochure form.

Archived Abstracts and Bios

Please click here to view an archived copy of the 2008 Colloquium abstracts and bios.

Archived Call For Papers

Please click here to download an archived copy of the 2008 Colloquium Call For Papers in PDF form.

Musical improvisation is a crucial model for political, cultural, and ethical dialogue and action.

– Ajay Heble