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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…

Oral Histories Project: Fresh Kils

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…

Spotlight on ICASP Postdoctoral Fellows

Each Postdoctoral Fellow was asked: 1.) Tell us a little about your current research and how it relates to improvisation? 2.) Can you name an album that is seminal for you? Chris Tonelli (Guelph): I’m working on histories of vocal improvisation. I’m interested in vocalists who have used their voices in unconventional ways. Some of the…

CFP: ISIM Seventh Festival-Conference 2014, New York NY

June 5-8, 2014 
NEW SCHOOL UNIVERSITY NEW YORK CITY
 Cross-cultural Improvisation III Hosted jointly by the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Mannes College The New School for Music. CALL FOR PROPOSALS The International Society for Improvised Music is happy to announce its seventh festival conference and welcome proposals for performances and presentations. Continuing…

Art of Immersive Soundscapes: New book by ICASP Team Members Ellen Waterman, Pauline Minevich, and James Harley

The Art of Immersive Soundscapes is a new publication edited by ICASP/IICSI team members Ellen Waterman (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Pauline Minevich (University of Regina), and James Harley (University of Guelph). For more information, please visit the University of Regina press’ page here.

Oral Histories Project: Muhal Richard Abrams, George E. Lewis, & Roscoe Mitchell

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…

CFP: Improvising Across Borders

The Center for Improvised Arts, Performance and Research, which is sponsored by the Agosto Foundation, invites proposals for papers and presentations at Improvising Across Borders (IAB 2014), an inter-disciplinary festival and symposium on improvisation, which will be held July 17-19, 2014 at The New Town Hall, Prague, Czech Republic. The symposium will include paper and panel sessions,…

ImprovNotes January 2014 Artist of the Month: Sex Mob

Sex Mob is a New York City jazz group, which initially began as a way to feature the slide trumpet of leader Steven Bernstein. Since then the band, as Bernstein’s website states, has developed an overarching mandate: “to put the fun back in jazz music.” The band is comprised of Bernstein on slide trumpet, Briggan…

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