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Sylvia Safdie Video Exhibit

ICASP, in partnership with the Schulich School of Music, the McGill Library, and the Scott Griffin Foundation, will be presenting an exhibit of the video-based artwork of Sylvia Safdie, a prominent Montreal based artist. Safdie's videos concern the interaction between image and improvised music, and feature music performed by leading improvisers (all custom performed for the videos) such as Joe McPhee, Lori Freedman, Malcolm Goldstein, and John Heward. ICASP will present a retrospective of the videos, with accompanying text. With a contribution from the Griffin Trust, ICASP will produce a full catalog of the exhibit. The exhibit and catalog are anticipated for Fall of 2011.

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.