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Schedule for Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium now available

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

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

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

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

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, Community, and Social Practice project welcomes Musagetes Foundation as partner and sponsor

The Musagetes Foundation has joined the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) project as a partner in the international research project. Musagetes is a public foundation focussing on the arts, creativity, and community.

“ICASP and Musagetes share a vision about the power and efficacy of the arts, about the role that creativity can play in sparking social change,” says Dr. Ajay Heble, project director of ICASP. “We are genuinely excited by the opportunities and collaborations that such a partnership will open up.”

Website launched for Hearing-Visions-Sonores exhibit

A website has been launched that provides an audio, visual, and text-based experience of the Hearing-Visions-Sonores exhibit currently on display at McGill University, Montreal. Hearing-Visions-Sonores is multimedia exhibit of graphic scores from nine contemporary Quebec-based composers who incorporate both notation and improvisation into their musical works, or question the dichotomy altogether.

Improvisation, Gender & the Body research area supports adaptive use musical instruments

ICASP's research area on Improvisation, Gender and the Body is currently supporting the work of Pauline Oliveros (Distinguished Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and ICASP Research Collaborator) on Adaptive Use Musical Instruments for the physically challenged.

Adaptive Use Musical Instruments allow people with very little physical mobility to create improvised music either by themselves or with others.

“Sexualities in Improvisation” theme of recently released journal

The much anticipated special issue of Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation on "Sexualities in Improvisation" is now available at

Speakers announced for Lex Non Scripta, Ars Non Scripta: Law, Justice, and Improvisation conference

Scholar performers Nichole Mitchell and John Oswald will join ICASP researchers Ingrid Monson and Desmond Manderson as keynote speakers at Lex Non Scripta, Ars Non Scripta: Law, Justice, and Improvisation, an international, interdisciplinary conference to be held June 19 and 20 at McGill University, Montreal.

Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis