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The Guelph Jazz Workshop

Posted: Friday, May 4, 2012

In the 1950s and 1960s, legendary jazz bassist and composer Charles Mingus ran a group that he called “Jazz Workshop” in New York City. Under Mingus’s direction, some of the best musicians of the day – Pepper Adams, Jaki Byard, Booker Ervin, John Handy, Jimmy Knepper, and many others – came together to form one of the most exciting improvising ensembles in the history of jazz music.

Koumaria New Media Art Residency: Open Call 2012

Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Koumaria 2012 Open Call (Oct 8th – 21st, 2012) By artist collective Medea Electronique Deadline July 15th, 2012

ICASP Staff Changes

Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012

It is with mixed emotions that we bid farewell to our Website Content Coordinator, Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, our Outreach and Knowledge Mobilization Officer, Amadeo Ventura, and our Video Producer, Dawn Matheson. Liz, Amadeo, and Dawn have all been vital to the ICASP community, and they will be sorely missed.

CALL FOR PAPERS: 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium

Posted: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CALL FOR PAPERS 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada September 5-7, 2012 PEDAGOGY & PRAXIS: 

“Your bass sounds like a typewriter”: A Reading and Interview with George Elliott Clarke

Posted: Friday, April 13, 2012

“Your bass sounds like a typewriter”: A Reading and Interview with George Elliott Clarke Accompanied by bassist, David Lee. FREE and Open to the Public Friday, April 27th, 2012 (4-6pm) TransCanada Institute (9 University Avenue East
) University of Guelph

Critical Studies in Improvisation / Etudes critiques en improvisation NEW ISSUE: Vol. 7, No. 2 (2011)

Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dear friends, We are delighted to announce the publication of the latest General Topics Issue of Critical Studies in Improvisation / Etudes critiques en improvisation (Vol. 7, No.2). A heartfelt thank you to all those who worked tirelessly and with admirable commitment to put this issue to print. The issue can be accessed online here:

Tri-University Online Colloquium: Improvisation in Universities

Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012

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

Guelph Graduate, ICASP researcher, and Jazz Festival Mainstay Wins Juno!

Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

University of Guelph graduate Jesse Stewart has won a Juno Award for Instrumental Album of the Year with his band the Stretch Orchestra. The annual honours were handed out Sunday night in Ottawa. Stewart, an accomplished jazz percussionist, composer and artist, is a two-time U of G graduate, completing a BA in 1993 and a PhD in literature/theatre studies in 2008. He also has two master’s degrees from York University.

Upcoming symposium: Improvisation is Something We Live

Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2012

On March 30th, ICASP will host several distinguished scholars and performers at a symposium investigating the idea that "Improvisation is Something We Live."

Call for Applications: Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute 2012

Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute 2012 Phase 1: Intensive
 (August 7-11, 2012, 
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music,
 Los Angeles, CA). Submission Deadline: April 16, 2012

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

– Ajay Heble