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Thinking Spaces: Thursday November 21, 2013

The next meeting of the Thinking Spaces Reading Group and Speakers Series will occur Thursday November 21, from 8-10pm in the Mackinnon building on University of Guelph campus in room 103. We will continue our theme of 'Improvisation and Community Music Making' by exploring the topic 'Improvisational Methods and Choral Communities.'

We will be joined by Christine Duncan (vocal improviser and conductor of the Element Choir), Dr. Gerard Yun (improviser, choral conductor at Conrad Grebel University College and Wilfred Laurier University, and Artistic Director of the East-West concert series), and Gary Diggins (improviser, and co-director of the Sotto Voce vocal workshops). For a portion of the session, via Skype, we will be joined by Kathy Kennedy (improvising vocalist, director of Choeur Maha and global HMMM events).

For more on...
... Christine Duncan see here.
... Dr. Gerard Yun see here.
... Gary Diggins see here.
... Kathy Kennedy see here.

Anyone who would like to prepare for the discussion can peruse the websites above and/or explore the discussion thread at

The group is free and open to all.

If you have comments and/or questions about the Reading Group and Speakers Series, please contact Chris Tonelli or Lauren Levesque at: or

So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag