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2008 Biographies and Abstracts

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Published: 2008-09-03

Biographies and abstracts for all speakers and presenters at the 2008 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium on Diaspora, Dispersal, Improvisation, and Imagination held September 3 - 5 2008. Speakers were: Melvin Backstrom, Sally Booth, Jeremy Brown, Tamas Dobozy, Karl Evangelista, Maria Farinha, Linda Hutcheon, Michael Hutcheon, Vijay Iyer, Peter Johnston, Kidd Jordan, Mark Laver, George Lipsitz, Steven Liss, Brent Mix, Hafez Modirzadeh, Francois Mouillot, D Y Ngoy, Sunni Patterson, Alexandre Pierrepont, Natasha Pravaz, Matana Roberts, Jason Robinson, Simon Rose, DJ Spooky, Jason Squinobal, Alan Stanbridge, Greg Tate, Yvan Tétrault, Lee Veeraraghavan, Cesar Villavicencio, Rob Wallace, Deborah Wong, Clyde Woods.

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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