Building Sound: Making Instruments with Douglas R. Ewart, May 1, 2016

With care and ease this artist explains the value of re-claiming materials that have been discarded in order to create beauty in musical instruments.
Creating a musical shaker was meditative experience for me. This was something I appreciated in crafting my instrument, and I felt that my silence and the quiet of the others supported a focused environment where I was free to unwind as I created my piece. This quiet energy encouraged a mindful approach to instrument making where calm and peace were observed. Douglas explains and intervenes only make sure the practice is safe and accessible.

Thinking Spaces with Douglas Ewart

–Reflection by Ellen Ringler– On October 23, 2015 I attended an IICSI hosted afternoon with Improviser in Residence, Douglas Ewart. “Thinking Spaces: The Improvised Reading Group and Speaker Series” organized by Harald Kisiedu, the University of Guelph’s post-doctoral fellow, offered an afternoon with Douglas at Guelph’s treasured art space, “Silence.” The afternoon was devoted to…

Rainbow Band: Play Who You Are

–Reflection by Ellen Ringler– In late summer 2015, I had the pleasure of joining IICSI’s “Say Who You Are, Play Who You Are” improvisational music workshops run in collaboration with Rainbow Day Camp and KidsAbility. The workshops were facilitated by music therapist and community musician Laura Stinson. As a Research Assistant, I was introduced to…