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Susanna Hood and Scott Thomson - The Muted Note Presented at George Luscombe Theatre, University of Guelph

The Muted Note is a striking accomplishment — an almost naked work, in which unaccompanied trombone and voice are frequent [...]. One does not hear these episodes as the work of individuals but as part of a complex ensemble of poet, composer, and interpreters. The Muted Note ultimately resonates like Page’s galvanized language itself. —Stuart Broomer in Musicworks #118 (Canada), March 1, 2014.

Newly Published Book: Esthétique de l’improvisation libre – Expérimentation musicale et politique (Authored by Matthieu Saladin)

Matthieu Saladin has authored a newly available book, Esthétique de l’improvisation libre – Expérimentation musicale et politique.

PS Guelph Book Launch — Improvising Freely: The ABCs of an Experience by Lê Quan Ninh (English Translation by Karen Houle)

Launch and Concert: Friday, September 5th // 10:30 pm

Guelph Youth Music Centre
(Purchase Tickets)

People of Good Will - Call for Proposals

People of Good Will is a community-based art project that provides space and resources in Downtown Guelph for Aboriginal, immigrant, and culturally diverse communities to share their voices, creative visions, and contemporary experiences with Guelph and the region. People of Good Will is a collaboration between the Guelph Black Heritage Society, Musagetes, and the art collective Postcommodity.

Ben Grossman

DRAFT VERSION

“Taste is the Great Enemy”: An Interview with Ben Grossman

Dong-Won Kim

Dong-Won Kim is a Korean percussionist, pedagogue, vocalist, composer, and improviser. Since 1984, he has studied various forms of traditional music, ranging from farmers’ drumming and dance, shaman music, and Pansori accompaniment, as well as music theory from the great Korean music masters. Recognized internationally as a master of his form, he has performed at the United Nations General Assembly Hall as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble Project.

William Parker and Amiri Baraka

“People Get Ready” / The Future of Jazz: Amiri Baraka and William Parker in Conversation

Call for Papers - Hip Hop Mini-Symposium and Festival

October 17, 2014, Oregon State University – Corvallis, Oregon

The College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University in conjunction with the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and the Popular Music Studies Program at OSU will host a one-day conference and festival on the topic of Hip Hop Music and Culture. The conference will bring together two aspects of hip hop music: scholarship and performance. Our keynote speaker is the legendary hip hop performer MC Lyte.

Team Member Joel Bakan Featured on New Album!

Joel Bakan, team member on the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) has just released a new album with Rebecca Jenkins: Rebecca Jenkins and Her Trio, Live at the Cellar.

The album was recorded live in February 2014 at Vancouver's Cory Weeds' Jazz Cellar, and features Myim Bakan-Kline on drums, and Bruce Meikle on bass. The album released July 3/4 in Toronto at the Jazz Bistro.

To purchase their album, please visit:

Memorial University of Newfoundland to host Summer Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, June 30 to July 12, 2014

The Summer Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation brings together an international group of scholars and graduate students to attend lectures and develop their research in the emerging field of Improvisation Studies, at Memorial University from June 30th to July 12th, 2014.

Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace