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Schedule for Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium now available

The schedule for Improvisation, the Arts, and Social Policy, the 2009 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, is now available online as a PDF document. The Colloquium runs September 9-11, 2009 at the University of Guelph, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in conjunction with the Guelph Jazz Festival, which runs until Sept. 13.

Highlights of the event include:

  • Keynote speeches by Robin Kelley (History and American Studies, University of Southern California), "Citizen Monk: Stories of Civic Engagement and Visionary Politics" and Milford Graves (Bennington College/International Center for Medicinal and Scientific Studies).
  • The premiere of a specially commissioned musical score at the formal launch of Hearing-Visions-Sonores, Guelph Extension – a multimedia art exhibition featuring the graphic scores of 13 composer/improvisers.
  • Performances by Gustavo Aguilar and Gaelyn Aguilar, Rodéoscopique, and Scott Thomson
  • A series of roundtable and panel discussions on topics such as: Intercultural Improvisations: History, Religion, Crisis, Change; Pedagogy, Protest, and Alternative Communities; IImprovisation, Cultural Policy, and Arts Funding; Listening, Ethics, Errors; and, The Ethics of Improvising with At-Risk or Aggrieved Communities.
  • An interview with Tanya Tagaq, Inuit throat singer.

The three-day event is free and is open to the public.

We’ll all be more innovative if we participate in collaborative webs and share more openly. Creativity is always a collaboration and it’s always a form of improvisation, written large in the social world.

– Keith Sawyer