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Call for Papers: International Society for Improvised Music - Cross-cultural Improvisation III

The International Society for Improvised Music is happy to announce its seventh festival conference and welcome proposals for performances and presentations. Continuing its theme of Cross-cultural Improvisation that guided recent events at the University of Michigan and York College/Roulette, the upcoming event will bring together musicians from disparate cultures to perform together and share ideas about the challenges and exciting opportunities inherent in improvising across traditions. Hosted jointly by the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Mannes College The New School for Music, the event will enable ISIM to direct its global vision not only toward the professional improvised music world but also to the field of musical training in which recognition of the need for improvisatory experience for classical and other musicians is steadily on the rise. In addition to featuring leading creative artists from diverse cultures, the event will welcome visionaries in musical study who are making headway in this endeavor to share their insights about the road ahead for the field.

ISIM invites proposals for performances, workshops, academic papers, and panel discussions related to this theme. Proposals are welcome from current and new ISIM members, including those who join or renew concurrent with proposal submission. Proposals will not be considered from applicants whose membership is not current. Presenters will cover their own travel and hotel expenses. A nominal conference fee will be charged to cover festival/conference expenses.

Please note that submissions are due February 1st, 2014.

For full submission details, please visit the International Society for Improvised Music page here.

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.