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Guelph Reading Group returns on September 14th, 2012

The 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival: Conversations

Now in its 19th year, the Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium has become one of Canada’s leading music festivals—and one of the most provocative arts events in the country. During the first Thinking Spaces reading group of the 2012/13 academic year, we’ll talk about the 2012 festival, comparing notes on our favourite musical and intellectual moments, and discussing the few inevitable events that perhaps left us scratching our heads.

Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker series runs a reading group session during the academic year every two weeks (currently Fridays 3-5 pm). 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 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.

Upcoming reading group dates for 2012: September 28th, October 12th, October 26th, November 9th, November 23rd, and December 7th.

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.