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Graphic scores exhibit opens

Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hearing-Visions-Sonares, a multi-media exhibit of the graphic scores of nine Quebec-based composers, opened March 20, 2009 at the Marvin Duchow Music Library, McGill University. The exhibit is a joint effort of the Library and the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) research project.

Law, Justice, and Improvisation conference challenges orthodoxy

Posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Lex Non Scripta, Ars Non Scripta: Law, Justice, and Improvisation, an international, interdisciplinary conference, will be held at McGill University on June 19 and 20, 2009.

Project adds partner, researcher, post-doctoral fellows

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) project continues to grow with the addition of a new community partner, Give Yourself Credit, and a new research co-investigator, Deborah Wong.

Graphic Scores/Structured Improvisations Structured improvisation score display

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2008

Hearing-Visions-Sonares, a multi-media exhibit of the graphic scores of nine Quebec-based composers, will open Feb. 6, 2009 at the Marvin Duchow Music Library, McGill University. The exhibit is a joint effort of the Library and the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) research project.

ICASP partners with international colloquium

Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2008

Four participants in the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) project will speak at the L’Improvisation: Ordres et Désordres/Faits d’Art et Faits de Sociétié colloquium, to be held in Paris Jan. 21-22, 2009. The colloquium is part of the Festival Sons d’hiver, a series of musical presentations throughout Paris that runs Jan. 23-Feb. 14, 2009.

Power Play: Improvisation and Sport – Keynote speakers announced

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Dr. Paul Steinbeck and improvising musician Dr. Christian Munthe will be keynote speakers at the Power Play: Improvisation and Sport symposium to be presented Feb. 6-7, 2009 at the University of British Columbia. It will provide artists, academics, athletes and fans with an unprecedented opportunity to investigate the ways in which both athletes and performers use improvisation when they “play.”

Heble returns to active role

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ajay Heble resumed his role as project director of Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) on September 8. He has spent the summer recuperating from the heart attack he suffered on May 26.

Improvised music helps children tell their own story

Posted: Friday, August 8, 2008

Children from KidsAbility for Child Development in Guelph will learn to use improvised music to tell their own story at the “Play Who You Are” workshops series that runs August 16-17 and September 4-5. The series culminates in a performance that will open the Guelph Jazz Festival Community Tent on Saturday, September 6.

Project journal now online

Posted: Friday, August 8, 2008

The latest issue of Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation, the online journal of Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice, is now available at www.criticalimprov.com.

Diaspora, Dispersal, Improvisation, and Imagination theme of Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium

Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2008

The Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium will explore the ways that people use improvisation and imagination to create community and to turn exile into art. This is one of the few events in North America that combines a scholarly colloquium with a music festival; it offers a stimulating mix of panels, workshops and keynote addresses to engage scholars, music aficionados, and the general public in discussions of the creative, political, and social impacts of improvised music. The Colloquium, which is free and open to the public, runs September 3 to 5 at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in Guelph.

Musical improvisation is a crucial model for political, cultural, and ethical dialogue and action.

– Ajay Heble