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Upcoming symposium: Improvisation is Something We Live

On March 30th, ICASP will host several distinguished scholars and performers at a symposium investigating the idea that "Improvisation is Something We Live."
Blending performance and discussion, the symposium will investigate the ways in which improvisation, in its many incarnations as part of hip hop culture, can be a survival strategy for members of marginalized populations, a way to work beyond conventional limits of cultural, social, and political life. We seek to examine hip hop art forms as modes of theoretical intervention in current modes of thought and practice; simultaneously we seek to bring together members of conventionally divided communities in a rich and productive conversation.

Further details, including speaker biographies and a schedule of events, can be found on the symposium's webpage.

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