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Thinking Spaces : Collaborational Issues Between Improvisers & Composers
January 31, 2020 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group & Speaker Series Presents
Collaborational Issues Between Improvisers & Composers with James Harley
James Harley is Professor of Music and Critical Studies in Improvisation at the University of Guelph, and his presentation will explore the dynamic relationship between notated musical scores and creative interpretation/improvisation. The IMPR cohort will perform two versions of Sabbath, one of the works included on Harley’s latest CD, Experimental Music for Ensembles, Drums, and Electronics – James Harley / Philippe Hode-Keyser.
This new disc represents decades of musical exploration, rooted in jazz but pushing far out from that tradition. All of the music is based on notated scores for large ensembles (« big bands ») but improvisation plays a large role. Performances by Hode-Keyser in Montreal of existing music composed in the 1980s by Harley led to two new works composed specially for Hode-Keyser’s Ensemble Kappa. These scores question the jazz tradition through a lens shaped by immersion in European contemporary music, after Harley had spent six years living in London, Paris, Warsaw. KappaMusik was premiered at the Open Ears Festival in Kitchener.
Silence, 46 Essex St., near downtown Guelph.
Friday, January 31, 3:30–5pm