Reflections features the voices and perspectives of IICSI students, researchers, partners, and staff. These posts profile people’s engagement with and reflections upon a range of IICSI events, programs, and partnerships.
Of Buckets and Baskets: Reflections on Improvisatory Partnerships in a Bucket Drumming Workshop with Students from the UGDSB
by Carey West Within the field of improvisation, there is ongoing discussion regarding the value of dissonance and harmony. Collaborations often require trust, which therefore imbues the process of generating satisfying outcomes with risk. Regardless of the medium, collaborative improvisation requires participants to trust each other while managing their own needs and desires. Listening intently,…
A review of the 2019-2020 IICSI Improviser-in-Residence project: “the opening of the ears and minds” of our community music-makers.
Joe Sorbara reflects on Carnegie meets 8EAST – a pair of improvised concerts with musicians connected to both organisations bridged by a street party in Vancouver.
A Reflection from Emerging Scholar Marc Hannaford, on the 2018 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium: Hovering at the Edge: Words, Music, Sound, and Song.
When reflecting on Guelph’s most recent jazz festival, the image my thoughts keep converging on is a concrete poem presented in the talk given by Meta DuEwa Jones. This poem from Giovanni Singleton’s collection Ascension contained text related to Alice Coltrane and her work.
A Reflection from Emerging Scholar Charity Cruz, on the 2018 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium: Hovering at the Edge: Words, Music, Sound, and Song.
A Reflection from Emerging Scholar Ainjel Stephens, on the 2018 Colloquium: Hovering at the Edge: Words, Music, Sound, and Song.
A Reflection from Emerging Scholar Ali Berkok, on the 2018 Colloquium: Hovering at the Edge: Words, Music, Sound, and Song.
John Heward, one of Canada’s most profoundly creative improvisers, passed on Nov. 6 2018. Known as a drummer and visual artist, his work in both media changed the Canadian artistic landscape.
Trying out different strategies as a guide through those spaces is important. But it’s also important to be able quickly to change the plan to match what the group dynamic, especially the outliers, may need to feel comfortable to explore.