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Thinking Spaces: Friday March 7, 2014

Please join us for the next Thinking Spaces meeting on Friday March 7, 2014, between 4-6 pm in the MacKinnon Buidling (Room 203) at the University of Guelph. In this meeting, D'Arcy Philip Gray will lead a discussion on improvisation and interactive electronics. In the past ten years, D'Arcy has premiered over 100 new works, mostly solo or chamber music by Canadian composers. He has been very active as an improviser, working extensively with Suddenly Listen and Upstream. He has also given dozens of clinics on three continents in a variety of subjects.

In preparation for the discussion, you can read the following article: Gray, D'Arcy Philip. "David Tudor in the Late 1980s: Understanding a Secret Voice," Leonardo Music Journal 14 (January, 2004): 41-47. The article can be accessed here.

As always, the group is free and open to all!

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.