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Summit on Improvisation, Pedagogy, and Community Impact

The Summit on Improvisation, Pedagogy, and Community Impact
  • When: May 23rd to May 25th, 2013
  • Where: 6 Dublin Street South, Guelph at Boarding House for the Arts
  • All events, workshops, and performances are free and open to the community
  • Video Recap of Research Matters Event in Kitchener, Ontario

    As previously reported on our website, January's Research Matters event in Kitchener, Ontario, featuring ICASP Project Director, Ajay Heble, was a resounding success.

    2012/13 Thinking Spaces Series Concluded; 2013/14 Series in Planning

    Thanks for all of the vigorous support, debate, and conversation given to the 2012/13 series of the Thinking Spaces Reading Group in Guelph. This year's many events and presentations were a resounding success. We were pleased to expand our audience to include new members of the city and university communities.

    Announcements will soon follow with details of the upcoming 2013/14 Thinking Spaces Reading Group. As usual, our next season will include presentations on innovative research, challenging new sounds, student and activist collaborations, and much more.

    Dave Clark

    Dave Clark of The Woodchopper’s Association

    Thinking Spaces: Mystery Cello Presentation with Matt Brubeck

    Please join us for the final 2012/13 meeting of the Thinking Spaces Reading Group on April 12, 2013 at the public library at 100 Norfolk at 3-5pm. Our last guest presenter for the year will be internationally acclaimed cellist and educator, Matt Brubeck.

    Mystery Cello Presentation?!

    Matt Brubeck will be leading a discussion about an unusual cello recording. There will be no advance distribution of this musical offering, so bring your ears and join the improvised dialogue.

    Thinking Spaces: The Living Room Context

    Please join us for the next meeting of the Thinking Spaces Reading Group on April 5, 2013 at the public library at 100 Norfolk at our usual time, 3-5pm. NB: We are shifting spaces slightly, from the Board Room on the second floor where we normally meet to the larger Program Room next door. This is to accommodate a larger group of presents: Tanya Williams, Jean Robertson, Emma Dines, Alisa McClurg, and Adam Euerby. Together, they will present on their ongoing project, The Living Room Context.

    ICASP Graduate and Undergraduate Research Assistantships: Call for Applications 2013-14

    Below is information on the 2013-2014 Call for Applications for ICASP Graduate and Undergraduate Research Assistantships.

    Application Deadline: April 5, 2013

    About ICASP

    Guelph Tribune Community Guide Features Article on Guelph Jazz Festival

    The 2013-2014 edition of the Guelph Tribune Community Guide includes a positive review of the Guelph Jazz Festival and its twenty years as a mainstay of the Guelph community.

    Thinking Spaces Graduate Student Colloquium with Greg Fenton, Brian Lefresne, and Ian Sinclair

    Please join us for the next meeting of the Thinking Spaces Reading Group on March 22, 2013. We will be returning to our usual location at the public library at 100 Norfolk at our usual time, 3-5pm. This week will feature a Graduate Student Colloquium, with PhD students Greg Fenton and Brian Lefresne from the University of Guelph School of English and Theatre Studies, and DMA Candidate Ian Sinclair from the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto.

    Wasanti Paranjape

    Wasanti Paranjape was born into a family of exceptional singers in 1927 in Maharashtra, India. She was one of nine children, and went on to study music in her Matriculation, where she received the “Visharad” from the Ganharva Maha-Vidyalva, a famed Institution for Music in India. Her Brahmin parents, Shridhar Anant and Kamala Sohoni, believed in professional education for both girls and boys, and also recognized the importance of music as religious expression and as a manifestation of Indian heritage at a time when the country was still under British rule.

    Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

    – John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.