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Open Ears Festival of Music & Sound, June 5-15!

The 2014 iteration of the Open Ears Festival of Music & Sound will be held from June 5th-15th!

A note from Artistic Director Gregory Oh:

"Some of you heard our first vibrations in 1998, and others may be new aficionados or curious citizens out for a stroll. Even as I welcome you, I thank this community for welcoming me to my first festival in my new position as artistic director.

Dong-Won Kim in Concert with the Vertical Squirrels!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014 8 pm
University of Guelph, MacKinnon room 107

***FREE AND OPEN TO ALL***



Improvising Across Borders Colloquium to be held June 21+22!

Improvising Across Borders Colloquium to be held Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd, Robson Square Room C 400, at UBC.

An unconventional colloquium presented by Coastal Jazz and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI)

Coastal Jazz and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) will host a two-day colloquium on Saturday June 21 & Sunday June 22, 2014, focused on the theme of improvising across boundaries.

Cardew 2014: The Great Learning

CARDEW 2014: THE GREAT LEARNING

Co-presented by Quatuor Bozzini, IICSI and CIRMTT, this special Canada Council for the Arts funded series studies the life of British composer Cornelius Cardew (1936–1981) and is presented by Suoni Per Il Popolo.

Conference ‘Improvisation and the Politics of Everyday Sounds: Cornelius Cardew and Beyond’

Congratulations to ICASP Research Associate Mark Laver!

Please join us in congratulating Mark Laver (ICASP Postdoctoral Fellow 2011-13) who has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Music at Grinnell College (Iowa, U.S.). His research explores intersections among jazz, improvisation, neoliberal capitalism, and consumption. His forthcoming book, Jazz Sells: Music and Marketing (Routledge) examines the use of jazz in advertising, marketing, and branding. Keep an eye/ear out for his book, and look for Mark at future IICSI events!

Linda Hutcheon

“Points of Contact”: Co-Positioning Improvisation and Adaptation Theory and Practice

An Interview with Dr. Linda Hutcheon

Série d'Ateliers "Tools of the Trade" - Tools of the Trade Workshop Series

Co-presented by the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, McGill, this workshop series is free and open to the public.

Seijiro Murayama: Atelier Tools of the Trade

Call for Papers and Posters - The Improvising Brain II: Multiple Perspectives Concert and Symposium

The Improvising Brain II: Multiple Perspectives Concert & Symposium

McGill Colloquium 2014 Schedule Announced!

Improvisation and the Politics of Everyday Sounds: Cornelius Cardew and Beyond

Roger Dean, Tracey Nicholls, and Rebecca Caines

Towards an Ethos of Improvisation: A Discussion with Roger Dean, Tracey Nicholls, and Rebecca Caines

For this month’s Oral History we travel back to 2009 for a vibrant discussion between Roger Dean, Tracey Nicholls, and Rebecca Caines. Dr. Benjamin Authers facilitates a discussion with the three aforementioned ICASP researchers who cover a range of topics related to improvisation and social policy. Short researcher biographies are found below, followed by the interview.

Biographies

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