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Forum on Improvisation as Practice-Based Research

Held as a part of the 2014 Summer Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and the Sound Symposium, the Forum on Improvisation as Practice-Based Research was held on July 11th at the Suncor Energy Hall, School of Music, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL.

Forum Participants

Graduate Students: George Blake (University of California, Santa Barbara), Tobin Chodos (University of California, San Diego), Carolyn Chong (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Karen Correia Da Silva (University of British Columbia), Jason Cullimore (University of Regina), Rachel Elliott (University of Guelph), Anders Eskildsen (Aarhus University, Netherlands), Kathe Gray (York University), Waged Jafer (University of British Columbia), Robert Jedrzejewski (Academy of Music In Krakow, Poland), AJ Kluth (University of California, Los Angeles), Hadi Milanloo (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Leila Qashu (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Michele Robertson (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Gabriela Sanchez Diaz (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Kimber Sider (University of Guelph), Darci Sprengel (University of California, Los Angeles), Sarah Stubbe (University of Western Ontario), Johnny Trinh (University of Regina), Yaying Tu (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Postdocs: Illa Carrillo Rodriguez (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, McGill University), Chris Tonelli (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Guelph)

Faculty: Frederique Arroyas (University of Guelph), Rebecca Caines (University of Regina), Daniel Fischlin (University of Guelph), Ajay Heble (University of Guelph), Eric Lewis (McGill University), Ellen Waterman (Memorial University)


Welcome and opening comments: Ellen Waterman and Frederique Arroyas
12:15-1:00 Panel: “Research/ Practice / Methodologies: Case Studies and Discussion”
Presenters: Kimber Sider, Illa Carrillo Rodriguez, Anders Eskildsen
Chair: Daniel Fischlin

1:00-1:45 Performance: “Multilingual Storytelling : Research Creation and Discussion“
Presenters: Carolyn Chong, Kathe Gray, Waged Jafer, Hadi Milanloo, Gabriela Sanchez Diaz
Chair: Leila Qashu

1:45-2:00 Break

2:00-2:45 Panel: “What are the Rules of the New Game? Habits, Habitus and Histories in the Improvisational Space"
Presenters: George Blake, Rachel Elliott, Johnny Trinh
Chair: Karen Correia Da Silva

2:45-3:45 Individual presentations
AJ Kluth: “A Consideration of the Worlding Power of Music"
Darci Sprengel: “Street Improvisation as Activism Since the 2011 Egyptian Uprisings“
Jason Cullimore: “On Machines and Creativity“
Chair: Eric Lewis

3:45-4:00 Break

4:00-4:20 Performance: "Faith-based Initiative: Performance and Discussion"
Presenters: Tobin Chodos (text score, piano), Robert Jedrzejewski (cello), Chris Tonelli (voice)
Chair: Ajay Heble

4:20-5:00 Performance: "INTUITIVE SPACE: Video Score Project"
Presenters: Robert Jedrzejewski (cello, video score), Tobin Chodos (piano), Eric Lewis (trumpet), John Campbell (live video projection), Rebecca Caines (live video projection)
Chair: Michele Robertson

...the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners have helped to promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms, and to encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

– Ajay Heble