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Performance and Colloquium: Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium, Guelph ON

September 16, 2015 - September 20, 2015

The 2015 edition of the Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, Among the People: Arts, Improvisation, and Well-Being, will take place from September 16-18th.

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a groundbreaking organization with a commitment to fostering musicians’ growth and to the development of new, serious, and creative musics. Importantly, as George Lewis notes, the group used its charter to lay out a set of nine purposes that “reflected serious engagement with social, cultural, and spiritual issues affecting black musicians and their community” (A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music).

In the spirit of these deep commitments to musical and cultural well‐being, this colloquium asks: How might participation in musical improvisation be understood to affect the health – physical, mental, spiritual, and relational – of those who participate in listening to or creating it?

From the roots of improvised jazz as a means to resist, challenge, and survive brutal racism; to the longstanding relationship between folk musics and struggles for social justice; to the clinical practices of art and music therapists – arts and well‐being have long been intertwined. At the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, a diverse group of artists, workers, activists, scholars, and other thinkers will come together to reflect upon these connections, and upon the questions above. We will engage in shared experiences and conversations with the intent of learning with and from each other.

Featuring panel discussions, debates, immersive experiences, and dialogues among researchers, artists, and audiences, the colloquium fosters a spirit of collaborative, boundary‐defying inquiry and dialogue and an international exchange of cultural forms and knowledges.

Check out the full schedule online!

September 16-18
Downtown Guelph
– Musagetes
– Silence
– Heritage Hall

Highlights include:

Wednesday September 16

  • Panel Showcase: Regina Improvisation Studies Centre: Improvisation, Community, Indigeneity
  • Workshop: Communicating and Connecting through Dance with Georgia Simms
  • Workshop: Battle Trance

Thursday September 17

  • Keynote Presentation: Douglas Ewart, interviewed by Ajay Heble
  • Workshop: Tony Wilson and a Day’s Life Band

Friday September 18

  • Workshop: Morning Music
  • Keynote Presentation: Evan Parker, interviewed by Kevin McNeilly
  • Keynote Presentation: Matana Roberts



September 16, 2015
September 20, 2015
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