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Thinking Spaces: Thursday January 23, 2014

Please join us for the next Thinking Spaces Reading Group session, "Creative Vocalizing," on January 23, 2014 from 4:30-6:30 pm at the Guelph Public Library (100 Norfolk Street). The session comprises a discussion and series of group vocal improvisations with Dr. Helen Pridmore.

Call for Papers - Improvising Across Borders 2014 (Due Feb 6)

The Center for Improvised Arts, Performance and Research, which is sponsored by the Agosto Foundation, invites proposals for papers and presentations at Improvising Across Borders (IAB 2014), an inter-disciplinary festival and symposium on improvisation, which will be held July 17-19, 2014 at The New Town Hall, Prague, Czech Republic.

Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, and Roscoe Mitchell

“Improvisation is a human right”: Chicago Slow Dance: The AACM in Conversation

Thinking Spaces: Thursday January 9, 2014

The next meeting of the Thinking Spaces Reading Group and Speakers Series will occur Thursday January 9, 4-6pm at the Guelph Public Library at 100 Norfolk street (2nd floor boardroom - just follow the stairs from the main entrance, it's right at the top). At this meeting Dr. Chris Tonelli will lead a discussion on the connections between mimetic art and improvised music. He will draw on the work of Dr.

Critical Studies in Improvisation - Call for Papers - Cyphers: Hip Hop and Improvisation

Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation invites submissions for a special issue with the theme “Cyphers: Hip Hop and Improvisation,” guest-edited by Rebecca Caines and Paul Watkins. This special issue of CSI will draw together artists and academics to investigate the crucial role improvisation plays in the international field of Hip Hop, and in the related field of critical Hip Hop studies. We seek contributions from artist/practitioners and from scholars working across the disciplines.

Spirit(s) Improvise: A Symposium on Improvisation and Spirituality

Friday December 6, 2013
Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, 358 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON

Spirit(s) Improvise brings together distinguished scholars, musicians and spiritual practitioners to explore the relationship between improvisation and spirituality. How can improvisation and spirituality, broadly defined as frameworks through which people imagine and enact alternative ways of being in the world, contribute to our understandings of imagination and creativity, community and space, and transcendence and hope?

Art of Immersive Soundscapes - New Book by Team Members Ellen Waterman, Pauline Minevich, and James Harley

We are excited to announce The Art of Immersive Soundscapes, a new publication edited by ICASP/IICSI team members Ellen Waterman (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Pauline Minevich (University of Regina), and James Harley (University of Guelph).

Call for Papers: International Society for Improvised Music - Cross-cultural Improvisation III

The International Society for Improvised Music is happy to announce its seventh festival conference and welcome proposals for performances and presentations. Continuing its theme of Cross-cultural Improvisation that guided recent events at the University of Michigan and York College/Roulette, the upcoming event will bring together musicians from disparate cultures to perform together and share ideas about the challenges and exciting opportunities inherent in improvising across traditions.

Thomas King

“There’s Something About the Look”: Thomas King in Conversation with Dionne Brand

Thinking Spaces: Thursday November 21, 2013

The next meeting of the Thinking Spaces Reading Group and Speakers Series will occur Thursday November 21, from 8-10pm in the Mackinnon building on University of Guelph campus in room 103. We will continue our theme of 'Improvisation and Community Music Making' by exploring the topic 'Improvisational Methods and Choral Communities.'

Musical improvisation is a crucial model for political, cultural, and ethical dialogue and action.

– Ajay Heble