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Other Colloquia and Events

Other Colloquia and Events

In addition to our three main colloquia held annually at the University of Guelph, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia, ICASP is proud to present additional colloquia and events at other institutions and community partners. Events differ from year to year, but consistently offer a wide selection of renowned speakers, performers, and workshop facilitators.


  • Symposium on Voice, Agency, and Improvisation: June 26th, 2014
  • Spirit(s) Improvise: A Symposium on Improvisation and Spirituality: December 6th, 2014.
  • 2013

  • Summit on Improvisation, Pedagogy, and Community Impact: May 23rd to May 25th, 2013.
  • 2012

  • Conference: The Art and Politics of Irony: April 12th to April 14th, 2012.
  • Symposium: Improvisation is Something We Live: March 30th, 2012.
  • 2011

  • Symposium: Making the Changes: Ethics and the Improvising Business: December 2nd, 2011.
  • Improvisation and History Colloquium: November 14th, 2011.
  • 2010

  • Canadian Centre for Architecture Lecture Series: October 14th to December 9th, 2010.
  • Additional Conferences

    In January, 2009, ICASP partnered with the Sons d'hiver festival in Paris, France (and with Université Paris 7 - Denis Diderot) to host an international conference on Trans-Atlantic Improvisation.

    The international colloquium Improvisation: Ordres et désordres. Faits d’art et faits de société was held in Paris, Jan. 21-22, 2009 helped extend the project’s international reach (particularly among French scholars). The colloquium was part of the Sons d’hiver jazz festival; both the festival and the U.F.R. Lettres, Arts et Cinema at the Université Paris Diderot are now partners of the ICASP project.

    Four ICASP members presented at the conference: Eric Lewis, Pauline Oliveros, Jesse Stewart, and Ellen Waterman. The four, who are all musicians, gave a free concert in Paris at Souffle Continue, an avant-garde record store and concert venue in the 11th arrondissement.

    Additional Publications

    Textuel, no. 60 (2010)

    A French-language journal based in Paris published a special issue focussing on improvisation based on proceedings from the Paris conference. The journal featured essays by ICASP team members Eric Lewis, Jesse Stewart, and Pauline Oliveros.

    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