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Fundraiser to assist with Kenneth Doren's recovery from cancer

Kenneth Doren is a Canadian multi-media artist and composer whose art installations, videos and digital operas have been presented in Canada, China, Finland, France and the U.S.A. Kenneth is a part of the ICASP team, working on various video projects for the ICASP website.

Thinking Spaces: The ICASP Reading Group and Speaker Series (Guelph)

Next session: January 28th, 2011- 4 pm - Guelph Public Library

ICASP PhD student Paul Watkins will be presenting his research at the next reading group. This will be a live performance-based presentation utilizing hip-hop, theory, jazz music and Canadian poetry. Don't miss this, please spread the word!

Readings: (please contact Rebecca Caines at rcaines@uoguelph.ca for copies of readings)

1. Paul Watkins. "Listening to a Listening:The Disruptive Jazz Poetics of Dionne Brand’s Ossuaries (a call towards freedom)."(Unpublished).

Improviser-in-Residence 2011

Photo Credit: Thomas King

Musagetes and the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) project welcome the first Improviser-in-Residence, Jane Bunnett.

Tactics for Improvisation Workshop (Guelph): January 20th, 2011

Ron East, Master Teacher in Physical Theatre, will conduct a series of workshops with ICASP in 2011 on aspects of Lecoq training techniques. The first session will introduce improv skills and explore the basics of physical play in the theatrical space. The workshop is designed to be of use to theatre students and anyone comfortable with physical expression and willing to explore with movement. This will form a foundation for the second session – on the neutral mask. The workshop is limited to 16 participants.

When: Thursday, January 20th, 2011 from 5:30 to 7:30

Thinking Spaces: The ICASP Reading Group and Speaker Series (Guelph)

Next Session: Friday January 28th, 2011. 4-6 PM
Level 2 Boardroom, Guelph Public Library, downtown Guelph, contact Rebecca Caines for more information rcaines@uoguelph.ca.

ICASP PhD student Paul Watkins will be presenting his research on the intersection of hip-hop, jazz music, Canadian poetry and improvisation at the reading group. Readings to follow.

The Improvising Eye: Symposium and Performance - December 17th, 2010

Famous Korean Percussionist to Appear at Guelph Symposium

Do not miss the chance to see internationally renowned improvising percussionist Dong- Won Kim appearing as part of a symposium on creative improvisation held in Guelph this coming week. Entitled “The Improvising Eye,” the symposium will be held in a number of downtown Guelph venues on Friday 17th December, from 1pm-10pm, and will include talks, interviews, film showings, and performances.

ICASP Researchers quoted for article in Jazz Times magazine

Three ICASP researchers are quoted in the December 2010 issue of Jazz Times magazine. "Rhapsody in Rainbow: Jazz and the Queer Aesthetic - A look at how gay jazz musicians have dealt with their identity through their music" includes comments from Sherrie Tucker, Ingrid Monson, and Kevin McNeilly. The article looks at the relationships between jazz music and gay communities.

http://jazztimes.com/articles/26802-rhapsody-in-rainbow-jazz-and-the-queer-aesthetic

Guelph Jazz Festival, in partnership with ICASP, receives $134,800 grant

The Guelph Jazz Festival, in partnership with the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice project, has received a $134,800 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The three-year OTF grant will provide funds to support community outreach activities (such as the Improviser in Residence program), enhance Nuit Blanche programming, and strengthen the Guelph Jazz Festival's overall capacity by hiring staff.

Thinking Spaces: The ICASP Reading Group and Speaker Series (Guelph)

Next Session: Tuesday November 30th. 4-6 PM
TransCanada Institute, 9 University Ave. East., contact Rebecca Caines for more information rcaines@uoguelph.ca.

Thinking Spaces: The ICASP Reading Group and Speaker Series (Guelph)

Next Session: Friday November 19th. 4-6 PM
Level 2 Boardroom, Guelph Public Library, downtown Guelph, contact Rebecca Caines for more information rcaines@uoguelph.ca.

...the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners have helped to promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms, and to encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

– Ajay Heble