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Thinking Spaces Presents Free Voice Workshops! March 30-June 26

This year’s Thinking Spaces series has frequently emphasized vocal improvisation. We will build on this in the coming months by offering free vocal exploration gatherings Sundays 12-2pm at Silence Guelph (46 Essex st.) starting March 30. Our initial workshops will be led by Dr. Chris Tonelli and in May and June we’ll bring in a series of…

Call for Students: Summer Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation

Memorial University of Newfoundland, June 29 to July 12, 2014 Intended for graduate students who have an interest in improvisation and its potential for dynamic forms of community building, the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation is offering a two-week intensive course to explore the theme of Improvisation as Practice-Based Research. The course will examine some…

CFP: Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation

Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation invites submissions for a special issue with the theme “Cyphers: Hip Hop and Improvisation,” guest-edited by Rebecca Caines and Paul Watkins. This special issue of CSI will draw together artists and academics to investigate the crucial role improvisation plays in the international field of Hip Hop, and in the related field…

IICSI People: Congratulations Brian Lefresne

GRA Brian Lefresne awarded the “The Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship” at the University of Chicago. The award is to conduct research in the “Alton Abraham Collection of Sun Ra” which is housed in the Chicago Jazz Archive and is part of the University of Chicago’s Special Collections Research Center. More details about the award…

Oral Histories Project: d’bi.young anitafrika

“we tellin’ stories yo”: A Performance and Interview with d’bi.young. d’bi.young anitafrika is a Jamaican-Canadian dub poet, monodramatist, educator, and Dora Award-winning actor and playwright. In this month’s Oral History we are gifted with an on stage interview with d’bi.young, and we get to witness the power of dub poetry in action by one of…

CCRMA TeleConcert Video at Stanford with Zhao Cong, Ellen Waterman, and Viv Corringham

There has been a variety of IICSI activity at the School of Music at Memorial University lately, including a residency with British vocalist, sound artist, improviser, and composer, currently based in New York, Viv Corringham, which took place March 15-20, 2014. That residency included workshops and talks, as well as a Telematic Performance at midnight with Ellen Waterman…

Oral Histories Project: Wayde Compton

Oral Histories is a showcase of interviews, performances, and articles by and about improvising musicians, artists, writers, and scholars. This monthly feature offers an intimate look inside the minds and practices of some of the many dynamic, innovative people whose energy and ideas make improvisation studies such a vibrant field of inquiry. The Oral Histories project…

Artist Residency CFP: The Agosto Foundation / CIAPR Summer Artist-In-Residency Program

The Agosto Foundation / CIAPR Summer Artist-In-Residency Program invites proposals from individuals who wish to participate in a diverse interdisciplinary community of artists from multiple fields and scholarly pursuits, whose interest is to create challenging, new works. The residency offers the opportunity to engage with this community, to collaborate, perform, demonstrate, present, or speak about their work and…

Genuine Multiculturalism While many modern societies are noted for their diversity, the resulting challenge is to determine how citizens from different backgrounds and cultures can see themselves and each other as equals, and be treated equally. In Genuine Multiculturalism, Cecil Foster shows that a society’s failure to bridge these differences is the tragedy of modern living and…

ImprovNotes February 2014 Artist of the Month: Steve Reich

Stephen Michael Reich is one of America’s most influential and important living composers. Along with composers like Philip Glass and La Monte Young, Reich helped usher in minimal music in the mid to late 1960s. Many of his early experimentation was with twelve-tone composition, and he was particularly attracted to the rhythmic possibilities more so…

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