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Thinking Spaces: Thursday January 23, 2014

Please join us for the next Thinking Spaces Reading Group session, "Creative Vocalizing," on January 23, 2014 from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Guelph Public Library (100 Norfolk Street). The session comprises a discussion and series of group vocal improvisations with Dr. Helen Pridmore.

Dr. Pridmore enjoys a career focused on contemporary scored music, experimental music and improvisation. She made her NYC solo debut in December 2012, performing the music of John Cage with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Other recent performances include Philippe Leroux’s Voi(Rex) with Ensemble 1534 at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa and the Music Gallery, Toronto; and Michael Finnissy’s major work Whitman, with the composer at the piano, in Victoria, BC. Helen has also presented concerts with Aventa Ensemble and Motion Ensemble, and has given numerous performances celebrating the Cage 100th anniversary year, 2012. She launched her solo CD Janet, recently released on the Canadian Music Centre’s Centrediscs label, with a tour to Seattle, Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton and Calgary in 2013. Her CD with clarinetist Wesley Ferreira …between the shore and the ships…, also a Centrediscs release, won an East Coast Music Award for Best Classical Recording in 2013. Born in the UK, Helen studied in Canada and the US, earning a doctorate at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She teaches at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick.

For a copy of this session's reading or for more information about Thinking Spaces, please contact: Lauren Michelle Levesque at

The event is free and open to all! No previous vocal experience is needed.

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