Thinking Spaces: The Guelph ICASP Reading Group and Speaker Series
Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series runs a reading group session during the academic year every two weeks (currently Fridays 3-5pm). The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series considers the ways in which improvisation can provide us with new ways of thinking and acting. Readings may include music, performance, film, academic texts, fiction, etc., based around critical thinking on improvisation.Throughout the year, this group also organizes public talks and workshops. Each reading group focuses on a particular reading circulated in advance, and may also include short informal presentations by current ICASP students, artists or community groups. This group is coordinated by the current ICASP postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Guelph. The group meets at a central location, currently the Guelph Public Library. This group is open to all—community members, faculty, and students. We welcome new participants at any time throughout the year. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-824-4120 x53885 for more information or to be added to our mailing list. See below for information on the past readings and past events. The group also organizes social occasions following the reading group sessions and speaker events.
- Friday, November 6, 2:30-4:30 pm: This session will present David Lee. Taking Ornette Coleman's critically important 1959 engagement at the NY Five Spot as a point of departure, we will examine the wider implications of his innovations on post-1950s improvised music.
Past Speakers and Workshop Events
- Douglas Ewart spoke about his improvisation projects and facilitated a communal improvisation with the audience.
Improv Week! February 24-26 2015
- Tuesday, February 24, 7:00-9:30 pm, MCKN 203: CME Workshop (Joe Sorbara and Jacob Drab Sextet), co-sponsored by SOFAM, Silence, and IICSI
- Wednesday, Februrary 25, 1:00-3:00 pm, MCKN 107: IICSI Reading Group on Collective Improvisation moderated by David Lee, co-sponsored by SOFAM, Silence and IICSI
- Wednesday, February 25, 3:30-5:30 pm, MCKN 203: Joe Morris, improvisation workshop, hosted by Ken Aldcroft, sponsored by SOFAM
- Thursday, February 26, 9:30-11:30 am, Silence (46 Essex St.): Jacob Drab Sextet, Open Workshop/performance (special Morning Music session), Fischlin and Diggins hosts, co-sponsored by SOFAM, Silence and IICSI
- Thursday, February 26, 8:00-10:30 pm, Silence (46 Essex St.): Jacob Drab Sextet, Silence performance, Fischlin and Diggins hosts, co-sponsored by SOFAM, Silence and IICSI
- Kimber Sider discussed aspects of her doctoral resarch around Inter-species Improvisation.
- Georgia Simms, dancer, choreographer and facilitator of creative processes for civic engagement led a discussion title "A Moving Dialogue"
- Cecil Foster delivered a talk titled "Independence and Genuine Multiculturalism: Improvizations of Life in the Key of the Social"
- D'Arcy Philip Gray, composer and improvisor, led a discussion on improvisation and interactive electronics
- University of Guelph PhD student David Lee gave a talk titled "Jazz, Modernism and the Bohemian"
- Dr. James Harleyled a discussion on the relation between creative musicianship and proficiency in the realms of academic and popular electronic music
- "Creative Vocalizing," a session led by Christine Pridmore, comprising a series of group vocal improvisations and a discussion.
- Mimetic art and improvised music, a discussion led by Chris Tonelli, drawing on the work of Dr. Gary Peters.
- Spirit(s) Improvise: A Symposium on Improvisation and Spirituality, held December 6th from 8:30am to 4:30 pm at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, featuring panelists, keynote speaker Jamie Howison, and an afternoon performance.
- Improvisation and Community Music Making, a discussion with Christine Duncan, Dr. Gerard Yun, Gary Diggins, and Kathy Kennedy.
- Improvisation and Conflict Transformation: a discussion with Dr. Lauren Michelle Levesque, on Friday November 8th, 2013.
- Discussing the use of the ukulele in community building and creating inclusive musical spaces. Featuring members of the Guelph Ukulele Club and Dr. Kati Szego, an ethnomusicologist from Memorial University of Newfoundland, on Friday, October 25, 2013.
- A meeting to discuss research interests, and ideas for themes and speakers for the year, on Friday, October 11, 2013.
- Self-Made Instruments and Telepathy A public talk and discussion with Tomomi Adachi on Friday, September 27, 2013.
- Special Mystery Cello Presentation: Matt Brubeck. Special "mystery cello presentation" with internationally acclaimed cellist and educator, Matt Brubeck, on Friday, April 12, 2013.
- Presentation: The Living Room Context. Presentation by Tanya Williams, Jean Robertson, Emma Dines, Alisa McClurg, and Adam Euerby on their ongoing project, "The Living Room Project," on Friday, April 5, 2013.
- Discussion: Graduate Student Colloquium Special graduate student colloquium featuring the research of Greg Fenton, Brian Lefresne, and Ian Sinclair on Friday, March 22, 2013.
- Discussion: Susan McClary and Robert Walser. Special session in conjunction with the Seventh Annual Creative Music Symposium with musicologists, Susan McClary and Robert Walser, on Friday, March 8, 2013.
- Discussion: Saxophonist, Dr. Shirantha Beddage. Session with special guest, Shirantha Beddage, "Jazz Pedagogy: Classroom and community in the digital age," on Friday, January 25, 2013.
- Discussion: Canadian Jazz Historian, Mark Miller. Special guest session with Mark Miller on Friday, January 11, 2013.
- Discussion: SETS Graduate Student Colloquium. Special graduate student colloquium on Friday, November 23rd, 2012.
- Discussion: Scott Thomson in Conversation. Group Discussion on Friday, September 28th, 2012.
- Discussion: The 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival: Conversations. Group Discussion on Friday, September 14th, 2012.
- Discussion: Freedom of Choice: Jazz, Improvisation, and Liberal Democracy. Group Discussion on Friday, March 23rd, 2012.
- Discussion: Eating and Improvisation. Group Discussion on Friday, March 2nd, 2012.
- Discussion: Live from a Hard Drive Group Discussion on Friday, February 10th, 2012.
- Interview: Josh Grossman and Ajay Heble in Conversation Group Discussion on Friday, January 27, 2012.
- Discussion: Black Social Improvisation from Jazz to Turntablism Group Discussion on Friday, January 13th, 2012.
- Making the Changes: Ethics and the Improvising Business ICASP Symposium held on December 2, 2011 in Guelph.
- Discussion: Who was John Cage and why does he matter to improvisation? Group Discussion on Friday, November 18, 2011.
- Discussion: 'The Bank of Music'. Group Discussion on Friday, November 4, 2011.
- Discussion: Improvising Digital Culture. Group Discussion on Friday, October 28, 2011.
- Discussion: Improvising Capitalism: Shopping and Consumer Choice. Group Discussion on Friday, October 14, 2011.
- Decentralized Dance Party Manifesto: Boomboxes, Anarchy, and the Commons. A public talk by Dr. Michael B. MacDonald. Friday, September 23rd, 2011
- Contributions: Improvisation in Artistic and Pedagogical Practices
- Public Performance by Paul Watkins: "The Disruptive Jazz Poetics of Dionne Brand’s Ossuaries." on January 28th, 2011.
- The Improvising Eye Symposium
- Winfried Simerling "Jazz, Diaspora, and the Writing of Black Anglophone Montreal"
- Ric Knowles “Deep Improvisation and Dramaturgy Across Difference: “Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way”
- Monique Mojica and Rob Wallace “Improvising Across Borders: A Workshop”
- Myra Melford “Aural Architecture: In Conversation with the ICASP Reading Group”
- Louise Campbell “At the Intersection@ A Workshop on Improvisation in Movement and Music”
- Student Presentations by ICASP student researchers- Mauricio Martinez, Ronald East
- Professor Will Straw (McGill University). “Letters of Introduction: Film Credits and Cityscapes”
- Dr Rebecca Caines (ICASP Postdoctoral Research Fellow- Guelph). “(Re)Placed in Time: Improvisation and Community Hip-Hop in Australia”