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Sounding Truth to Power: Jazz Improvisation, Black Mobility, and Resources for Hope

On Thursday, November 18th, 2010, Ajay Heble presents the 2010 Kenneth Peacock Lecture, "Sounding Truth to Power: Jazz Improvisation, Black Mobility, and Resources for Hope".

The 2010 Kenneth Peacock Lecture, University of Toronto
Ajay Heble
"Sounding Truth to Power: Jazz Improvisation, Black Mobility, and Resources for Hope"
Thursday November 18, 2010, 3: 30 pm
Dining Hall, 90 Wellesley Street (followed by reception in the Faculty of Music)

At the Intersection with Louise Campbell - November 15th

A free workshop/presentation on improvised music and movement
Monday November 15th, 5:30 pm, Massey Building (Upstairs), University of Guelph

Improvisation and the Making of American Literary Modernism

ICASP Research Associate Rob Wallace's new book, Improvisation and the Making of American Literary Modernism, is now available!


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

Next Session: Friday November 5th. 4-6 PM
Level 2 Boardroom, Guelph Public Library, downtown Guelph, contact Rebecca Caines for more information

Reading group includes community and artist presentations, discussions of readings, and informal talks by ICASP researchers and special guests.


Call for Papers - Sounding the Body: Improvisation, Representation and Subjectivity

Sounding the Body: Improvisation, Representation and Subjectivity is one in a series of books on musical improvisation as a cultural practice to be published by Wesleyan University Press in 2012 as part of the Improvisation, Community and Social Practice research project. The editors invite contributions from scholars working on the relationships between improvisation and the body, and we especially welcome submissions that relate to the following themes:

Canadian Centre for Architecture Lecture Series

On October 14th, 2010, ICASP and the Canadian Centre for Architecture will present the first lecture in a series on Improvisation and Architecture.

Featuring Eric Lewis, Myra Melford, Stefan Smulovitz, Julie Trudeau and Lori Freedman: Discussion and Performance.
Location: Paul Desmarais Theatre, Canadian Centre for Architecture - 1920, rue Baile, Montréal, Québec.

More details and additional lectures in the series can be found here

Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to the newly redesigned ICASP website! This website features a newly created, cutting-edge research collection, an online archive of research papers, film, performance footage and other contributions to the lively, emerging field of Improvisation Studies. The collection incorporates innovative search and navigability features and dynamic content to create an online hub for anyone – scholar, musician, music fan, interested community member – who would like to know more about improvised music and its relation to broader social and political life.

Dates announced for Guelph ICASP Reading Group and Speaker Series

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

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

"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.

So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag