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Improvisation and Community Workshop: January 16, 2013

The School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph is pleased to offer a special workshop on "Improvisation and Community" led by Joe Sorbara this Wednesday (January 16, 2013) from 8:30-10:00 in Lower Massey at the University of Guelph. The workshop is open to all University and Guelph community members and there is no admission charge.

Joe Sorbara is one of Canada's finest percussionists with extensive experience in linking musical improvisation with community-facing outcomes. An artist who has recorded with many distinguished jazz musicians on multiple labels, Sorbara is also a committed academic whose theoretical writings on improvisation are starting to make an impact.

This workshop will examine how improvisatory techniques of music-making can be applied to constructive community building practices. The workshop is taking place under the auspices of a graduate course on improvisation theory and practice taught by Daniel Fischlin, a University Research Chair and Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Visiting Speakers Committee (School of English and Theatre Studies) and the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice MCRI-funded research project hosted at the University of Guelph.

...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)