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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 is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

    – John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.