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ICASP Executive Member Kevin McNeilly releases debut collection of poetry, Embouchure

Kevin McNeilly, ICASP Co-investigator, University of British Columbia Site Manager and a Member of the ICASP Executive Committee, has released his debut poetry collection, Embouchure. Embouchure compiles the intertwined lineages of trumpet players who came to prominence in the States during the “pre-bop” era, loosely defined as the period between 1890 and 1939. Within the course of Embouchure’s thirty-seven portraits, Buddy, Satch, Bix, Jabbo, Cootie, Cat and the rest are resurrected in their smoky, brassy, sepia-toned glory as figures deeply steeped in their own mythos.

"McNeilly’s poetry is lyrical, free, down-to-the-bone, as real, fresh, and immediate as true jazz always is. Embouchure is where your mouth is, where your ear is, and where your eyes are right on time. Damn!" –George Elliott Clarke

Get your copy today: Embouchure
Read a review of Embouchure by ICASP Graduate Researcher Paul Watkins: Canadian Literature Review

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