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Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the newly redesigned ICASP website! This website features a newly created, cutting-edge research collection, an online archive of research papers, film, performance footage and other contributions to the lively, emerging field of Improvisation Studies. The collection incorporates innovative search and navigability features and dynamic content to create an online hub for anyone – scholar, musician, music fan, interested community member – who would like to know more about improvised music and its relation to broader social and political life.

“Our goal in creating this website and research collection was to reach the broadest possible audience and public,” says ICASP Project Director Ajay Heble. “The website showcases a range of research projects affiliated with ICASP, includes voices of key performers and scholars in the field of improvised music, and engages a wide range of publics.”

The website launch event will take place as part of the Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, and will feature a virtual tour of the new website and a telematic performance featuring musicians in Guelph, New York, and Colombia collaborating in real-time via internet technology.

Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis