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Tri-University Online Colloquium: Improvisation in Universities

ICASP: Tri-University Online Colloquium
Improvisation in Universities

Featuring: student research initiatives, informal lunch discussion with FRED FRITH
Online pedagogy panel, and evening performances
McGill University, University of Guelph, and University of British Colombia
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 from 9:30-2:30 EST

As part of the McGill ICASP community, you are invited to participate in the upcoming colloquium to be held at McGill on Thursday, May 3rd. Fred Frith, world-renowned performer, composer, improviser and teacher will join us at McGill to listen to student presentations from all universities, and to have an informal lunch discussion with the McGill group about the changing place of music improvisation in universities.

The schedule is as follows:

9:30-11:30 Presentations: (teleconference) Students from the three institutions are encouraged to present a short description of their current research, followed by comments from Fred Frith and discussion with other students.

11:30-1:00 Lunch Discussion: (offline) All are invited to participate in a lunch discussion with Fred Frith concerning the place of improvisation pedagogy in university music programs in North America. At the same time, UBC and Guelph will be discussing this subject over lunch.

1:00-2:30 Panel: (teleconference) Once again reconvening online, we will report and elaborate on our lunch discussions with the hope of reaching some concrete ideas concerning the rethinking of musical pedagogy in university music programs.

Student presentations will be approximately five minutes in duration to allow time for discussion immediately following. You may either prepare and read a 2-3 page write-up, or present more informally. Please send a short (one paragraph) description of your research to: by April 12th if you would like to present.

Please RSVP by April 24th so that ample lunch may be provided!
(Exact location at McGill to be confirmed)

***** Fred Frith Evening Performances ******

Mercredi le 2 mai/Wednesday May 2nd
Le Caribou Sonore, Suoni per il Popolo et CKUT présente:

Fred Frith (guitare électrique)
Jean Derome (instruments de vents, bébelles)
Charity Chan (piano)

Casa del Popolo
4873 Boulevard St-Laurent
Montréal QC
20h30 (portes)
21h30 (musique)

$14-16, disponible au bureau de Suoni per il Popolo, Cheap Thrills, Aux 33 Tours, L'Oblique, Phonopolis, Sound Central, Atom Heart

Details about Le Cinémathèque québécoise gig will follow soon -Fred will perform a live improvisation with Peter Mettler (cinematographer/visual improv).

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