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Call for participants: Improvisers-in-Residence event at Exhibition Park

To Those Interested in Music, the Guelph Community, and Out-of-the-Ordinary Artistic Events:

We have been chosen to be the Improvisers-in-Residence' in Guelph this autumn, and we would like to invite you to be involved in a special event that we have conceived for Exhibition Park in the afternoon on Saturday, October 13th, 2012. (Rain-date: October 20th, 2012)

Guelph Reading Group returns on September 14th, 2012

The 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival: Conversations

Now in its 19th year, the Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium has become one of Canada’s leading music festivals—and one of the most provocative arts events in the country. During the first Thinking Spaces reading group of the 2012/13 academic year, we’ll talk about the 2012 festival, comparing notes on our favourite musical and intellectual moments, and discussing the few inevitable events that perhaps left us scratching our heads.

Tracey Nicholls

A good person and a good academic: A conversation with Tracey Nicholls

ICASP welcomes Scott Thomson and Susanna Hood as Improvisers-in-Residence for 2012

This fall, ICASP's 2012 Improviser-In-Residence program will resume with the arrival of two extremely talented Canadian improvisers and artists. Their interdisciplinary post involves initiating community impact workshops, musical dialogue, and performances, in order to advocate for community-building through creative practices. The Improviser-In-Residence program is a collaborative partnership with Musagetes.

Former ICASP Postdoctoral Fellow Tracey Nicholls releases book: An Ethics of Improvisation: Aesthetic Possibilities for a Political Future

An Ethics of Improvisation: Aesthetic Possibilities for a Political Future

Cecil Foster

Cecil Foster is one of Canada’s leading public intellectuals on issues of race, culture, citizenship, and immigration. Born in 1954, he became a journalist in Barbados before emigrating to Canada, where he began reporting for the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. He worked as a senior editor for the Financial Post and in national radio news and national television news for CBC Toronto and for CTV News Network. Between 1979 and 1982, he was the editor of Contrast, Canada’s first Black-oriented newspaper.

SETS and ICASP Graduate Student David Lee Launches Novel, Commander Zero

Current Ph.D. student David Lee has written several books of non-fiction, and now his first novel is being published by Tightrope Books. Commander Zero is being launched in Toronto on Wednesday, June 20 at the Revival Bar, 783 College Street (at Shaw). David will be reading, along with fellow Tightrope authors Samantha Bernstein and Royston Tester, books will be on sale, and admission is free.

Deep Listening Intensive workshop with Pauline Oliveros, June 13, Montreal

On Wednesday, June 13th (the day before the McGill Colloquium), ICASP, together with the McGill Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology and Naada Yoga, will be co-presenting a Deep Listening Intensive workshop with Pauline Oliveros. Please click through for details.

Research Matters Because Jazz Improvisation Can Build Stronger Communities

Below is a link to the Why Research Matters website, a major new campaign from the Council of Ontario Universities that recently launched. Each Ontario University was asked to nominate major research projects or activities to be profiled. ICASP was chosen as the project to highlight from The University of Guelph.

Once again, the ICASP project is commended and highlighted for its ability to use improvised music to help transform people and build communities.

Guelph Jazz Festival and ICASP Now Hiring - Outreach and Development Assistant

Guelph Jazz Festival (GJF) & Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) are currently hiring for an Outreach & Development Assistant (ODA)

Status: Full-time, year-round employee (1-year, renewable)
Hours of Work: 35 hrs/week for 52 weeks
Job Location: Guelph Jazz Festival Office: 123 Woolwich Street, 2nd Floor, Guelph & ICASP Project Office, University of Guelph

...partly because I know that’s the only way that we could solve a creative problem [using improvisation with children ranging in abilities] and what doesn’t work is trying to impose a template on the students who are not able to respond to that template.

– Pauline Oliveros (in working with Abilities First)