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Sound Lines - Improvisation, Text and Media Conference

ICASP – in conjunction with Coastal Jazz and the University of British Columbia – presents Sound Lines, a conference on improvisation, text and media, which will take place June 24, 25 and 26, 2010, at UBC Robson Square and at the Tom Lee Music Hall, in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, alongside the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival. The ongoing emergence of new media presents both challenges and opportunities for improvisers from around the world. Composer-improviser Barry Guy and animator Michel Gagné will open the conference with a keynote talk about their collaboration Fixed Fragmented Fluid, which will also have its world première at the jazz festival. Vancouver poet Wayde Compton will deliver the closing keynote address, on “Turntable Poetry, Mixed-Race, and Schizophonophilia.” Throughout the three days of the conference, there will be presentations by academics and artists from around the world, on topics that include improvisation in film and theatre, the poetics of improvisation, jazz in the media, community-making and the politics of improvisation, hip-hop and turntablism, visual culture and semiotics, and graphic scores, along with other topics. For more information including schedule, paper abstracts and speaker bios, please see the Sound Lines Conference page. .

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