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Improviser-in-Residence

The Improviser-in-Residence program is a collaborative partnership with Musagetes, bringing improvising musicians into meaningful contact with the local community. The inaugural Improviser-in-Residence, Jane Bunnett, in 2011, offered innovative workshops for a variety of organizations including the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble, the Contemporary Music Ensemble, Homewood Health Centre, KidsAbility Centre for Child Development, Guelph-area high schools, Give Yourself Credit, and St. Joseph's Health Centre. In 2012, ICASP welcomed our second Improviser-in-Residence, New York musician, sound artist, and composer Miya Masaoka. Our third Improvisers-in-Residence were welcomed for a second phase of the program in 2012, Scott Thomson and Susanna Hood.

Current Improviser-in-Residence

  • 2013: Rich Marsella
  • Past Improviser-in-Residence Positions

  • 2012 (Phase Two): Scott Thomson and Susanna Hood
  • 2012: Miya Masaoka
  • 2011: Jane Bunnett
  • The Improviser-in-Residence program is funded with the support of Musagetes and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

    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