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Curating for Change: Transforming NL Communities Through Arts Festivals

This day-long symposium will feature presentations by researchers and music festival programmers from across Newfoundland to explore the potential of arts festivals to promote social change. Keynote address by Ajay Heble, IICSI Project Director and founding artistic director of the Guelph Jazz Festival.

New materials in our online Research Library!

A new volume in the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice series with Duke University Press, Deep Listening at the End of the World….

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Improvisation and Social Aesthetics

IICSI is proud to announce Improvisation and Social Aesthetics, a new volume in the Duke UP series, “Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice.” Edited by Georgina Born, Eric Lewis, and Will Straw, this new volume addresses a wide range of improvised art and music forms in order to locate improvisation as a key site of mediation between the…

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Improv Notes

This month: Remembering Misha Mengelberg, IICSI’s new volume in the Duke UP series, CFPs and so much more!

Guelph Jazz Festival Announces New Artistic Director

The Guelph Jazz Festival Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that Scott Thomson has been hired as the Festival’s new Artistic Director.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program 2017-18

We have two available postdoctoral research fellowship positions for the 2017-18 academic year! One fellowship position will be hosted at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). The second will be held at the University of Guelph, McGill or another IICSI site, if appropriate.

For the 2017-18 year, we particularly welcome candidates with expertise in pedagogy and curricular design who could contribute to the development of IICSI’s graduate program in Critical Studies in Improvisation. At MUN, the postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the Music Media and Place research centre (MMaP). In 2017-18 IICSI-MUN will focus particularly on themes of improvisation and indigeneity, and improvisation and phenomenology.


Understanding Critical Studies in Improvisation in the Ontarion

IICSI’s Director Ajay Heble in the University of Guelph’s independent student newspaper the Ontarion on the role of improvisation in the globalized world.

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Improv Notes

December’s edition of Improv Notes – read & subscribe!

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Ajay Heble receives SSHRC 2016 Impact Award

IICSI Director Ajay Heble has been recognized with the 2016 SSHRC Impact Partnership Award.

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Think Piece: Oku’s Sounds: Anthony Braxton and Musical Improvisation in Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For

In this Think Piece, Lefrense details how the musical practices of one of the four protagonists Oku, a second-generation Caribbean-Canadian, projects his “politics of being” through a personally curated soundtrack.

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