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Summer Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation - Call for Applications!

From August 29 - September 12, ICASP will host the 2010 Summer Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation on the University of Guelph campus. Project participants with broad-ranging expertise will lead invigorating workshops, and guest speakers Tomie Hahn & Curtis Bahn and Bob Ostertag will give stimulating keynote addresses exploring this year's topic "Envisioning Improvisation as Social Practice".

The Summer Institute is an invaluable opportunity for graduate and post-graduate students to workshop and network with top scholars and practitioners in the dynamic field of Improvisation Studies. The Institute is an opportunity to gain conference experience and access possible publishing opportunities, and its interdisciplinary make-up gives events an unusual breadth and liveliness.

Travel and accommodation bursaries are available. Assessment of applications will begin April 1, 2010. For course outlines, credit information, and an application package, please see the Summer Institute's site at

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.