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“we tellin’ stories yo”: A Performance and Interview with Renowned Dub Poet d’bi.young

Featuring an opening DJ Set by DJ Techné
FREE and Open to the Public
Thursday, August 8th, 2013 (7-9 pm)
Paintbox Bistro (555 Dundas Street East, Regent Park, Toronto)

ICASP (Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice) and Paintbox Bistro present Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, monodramatist, educator, and Dora Award-winning actor and playwright, d’bi.young.anitafrika in an intimate free performance. Following the performance there will be an interview with the poet conducted by Paul Watkins (DJ Techné). Make sure you catch this event with one of Canada’s most visionary storytellers.

New Special Project: Think Pieces

This month, ICASP announces the beginning of a new Special Project aimed at exploring the boundaries, borders, and possibilities of critical improvisation studies as it applies to a number of divergent social issues, research fields, and contemporary ideas. The Think Pieces project will bring a monthly discussion and debate to the ICASP community (and beyond) in an attempt to explore a number of provocative questions: How can theories of improvisation re-imagine and redefine the roles of intellectuals?

Program Announced for 2013 Guelph Jazz Festival, Celebrating 20 Years

20 Years of Guelph Jazz

Think Pieces

An ICASP Special Project curated by University of Guelph PhD student, Mark Kaethler

Prelude (introducing a new dialogue)

This Prelude is an excerpt from the inaugural Think Piece, Improvisation and ... Think Pieces, which can be read in full here.

Call For Papers: Sound Changes: Improvisation, Social Practice, and Cultural Difference

As part of Duke University Press’s Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice series, two volumes of which have already been published, this volume proposes an enhanced, interdisciplinary understanding of improvisation as a multivalent, global social practice found within and across different cultural and historical contexts, different national sites and traditions.

Miya Masaoka


Miya Masaoka, musician, sound artist, and composer, is one of just a handful of musicians who have succeeded in introducing the 17-string Japanese koto zither to the world of avant-garde music. She first came to recognition collaborating with artists as diverse as Pharoah Sanders, Fred Frith and Steve Coleman, and is regarded as a world-renowned performer.

Eugene Martynec


International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) Recipient of SSHRC Partnership Grant

Institute to Explore Improvisation as Key to World Harmony

How can people learn to live together in an increasingly global world? An important clue may be found through improvised performance practices, says University of Guelph professor Ajay Heble.

Somehow, musicians who have never rehearsed together or even met, who play different instruments, and who may not even share a common language can come together and make magic happen, he says.

Call For Presentations: The Final McGill ICASP Conference!


Call for Presentations

Time Forms: The Temporalities of Aesthetic Experience
September 18-21, 2013

Improviser-in-Residence 2013 Launch Event: Rich Marsella

On Saturday, May 25th, 2013 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm at Musagetes, 6 Dublin Street South in Guelph, ICASP and Musagetes proudly present the launch of the 2013 Improviser-in-Residence program featuring this year's improviser, Rich Marsella.

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