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Dates announced for Guelph ICASP Reading Group and Speaker Series

Posted: Friday, October 9, 2009

The Guelph ICASP Reading Group and ICASP Speaker Series starts Tuesday, October 13 with three short readings on improvisation. The Reading Group runs monthly during the Fall and Winter terms; subsequent dates are November 10 and December 8, 2009, and January 26, February 9, March 9, and April 6, 2010. "Faculty, members of the ICASP project, students, visiting academics, artists, community members -- all are welcome," says Dr. Rebecca Caines, the groups' facilitator. The group meets from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in room 132, MacKinnon Building.

Performance Studies international issues call for papers

Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009

PSi 16 Performing Publics (Performance Studies international annual conference) has issued a call for papers, panels, and “shifts” for its conference to be held June 9 to 13, 2010. The conference will investigate the power of performance to intervene in, reshape, and reinvigorate the public sphere at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

ICASP documentary on AIMToronto premieres -- Address correction

Posted: Friday, August 28, 2009

"ICASP SPOTLIGHT Presents: AIMToronto", a documentary film produced by Martin Eckart and Rob Wallace, premieres Sunday, Sept. 6, 8 p.m., at Somewhere There, 340 Dufferin Street (one block south of Queen, enter from Melbourne Ave.), Toronto. The screening is preceeded at 6 p.m. by a performance by Joe Sorbara's ensemble, Other Foot First, which is featured in the film. This is a pay what you wish event.

Funding supports music program for at-risk youth

Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2009

At-risk and disadvantaged youth in the Notre Dame de Grace (N.D.G.) neighborhood of Montreal will soon have access to ongoing music programs in a rehearsal space stocked with instruments and equipment with weekly instruction by a leading improviser. The Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice research project, with its partners La Société des Arts Libres et Actuels (SALA) and Head and Hands, received $18,500 from the City of Montreal – Programme de partenariat culture et communité and the Quebec Ministry of Culture, Communication and the Status of Women.

Hearing-Visions-Sonores (Guelph Extension) runs to September 25

Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hearing-Visions-Sonores (Guelph Extension), a multimedia exhibit featuring the graphic scores of four Guelph-area composers and nine Quebec-based composers, runs August 15-September 25, 2009 at the University of Guelph Library’s Academic Town Square.

Schedule for Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium now available

Posted: Friday, July 10, 2009

The schedule for Improvisation, the Arts, and Social Policy, the 2009 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, is now available online as a PDF document. The Colloquium runs September 9-11, 2009 at the University of Guelph, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in conjunction with the Guelph Jazz Festival, which runs until Sept. 13. Highlights of the event include:

Call for papers issued for special journal issue on law, justice, and improvisation

Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The journal Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation has issued a call for papers for its special issues on Lex Non Scripta, Ars Non Scripta: Law, Justice and Improvisation. The deadline for submission is Dec. 15, 2009.

ICASP welcomes creative input of new partner, RENDER

Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Speculate, incubate, innovate, cultivate, and create are the catchwords of RENDER, ICASP’s latest partner. Based at the University of Waterloo, RENDER was established in 2006 with the goal of shifting the focus of the university’s art gallery away from a traditional public gallery model to a more innovative and relevant approach that positions art, design, critical thought, and creative research in a much broader context.

Pauline Oliveros interview available as podcast

Posted: Friday, June 26, 2009

June 26: Tonight, ICASP research collaborator Pauline Oliveros discusses her life as a musician on the "Evening Music" program on WNYC . The first hour is available for streaming soon after 8 p.m. The composer, accordionist and founder of Deep Listening Institute, Oliveros joins David Garland in the studio to discuss her life as a musician, the sounds of her childhood, growing up as a teenager in 1940s Houston, Texas.

Waterman to teach at Chicago Creative Music Workshop

Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Please note the new title and application deadline:ICASP member Ellen Waterman joins Roscoe Mitchell, William Parker, Nicole Mitchell, Michael Zerang, and David Boykin as faculty at the Chicago Creative Music Workshop (CCMW). The intensive workshop on improvisation will be held Sept. 2-3, 2009, preceding the Chicago Jazz Festival. To be held at Columbia College, Chicago, Ill., the 2-day intensive will feature master classes, workshops, rehearsals, lectures and performances centered on creative improvisation, composition and related scholarship.

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