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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…

UoG’s spotlight on David Lee

PhD candidate and ICASP GRA David Lee looks at how improvisation brings musicians together Books, more books, and a double bass: That’s what confronts a visitor to David Lee’s office in Massey Hall in early September. A PhD student in the School of English and Theatre Studies (SETS), Lee is working on freeing some space…

ICASP GRA Paul Watkins releases DJ project/album, Dedications.

Dedications is an experimental jazzy hip-hop remix project born out of a love of listening to records. The album mixes, mashes, samples, spins, cuts, signifies, rhapsodizes, poetizes, layers, collages, remixes, breaks, distresses, archives, remakes, reshapes, and re-edits pieces of recorded history to create a sonic audio homage to a host of musicians and styles with a…

ImprovNotes December 2013 Artist of the Month: Rutherford Chang

Since little could be found out about Chang himself, other than the fact that he is an artist based in Shanghai and New York, who is known for his mathematically conceived artworks of various cultural iconographs, this write-up focuses on his latest art project, We Buy White Albums, and the recording that came out of it. Improvisation…

On December 6th, Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) presented a symposium (“Spirit(s) Improvise”) on improvisation and spirituality. “Spirit(s) Improvise” brought together distinguished scholars, musicians, and spiritual practitioners to explore the relationship between improvisation and spirituality. One of the primary questions asked was how can improvisation and spirituality, broadly defined as frameworks through which people…

ImprovNotes November 2013 Artist of the Month: Wadada Leo Smith

    Wadada Leo Smith is a trumpeter and mercurial composer working at the edges of avant-garde jazz and free improvisation. Perhaps the rightful heir to Miles Davis, Smith is known for his introverted style of playing and his incredible use of space. In the 1960s he gained experience performing in R&B groups, later playing…

Oral Histories Project: Thomas King

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…

Sound Check: Thomas King’s Jazz Photography

“Sound Check”: the first major exhibition of storyteller Thomas King’s jazz photography. King’s contribution to the discourse of contemporary Canadian photography focuses an acute eye and a behind-the-scenes perspective on twenty years of The Guelph Jazz Festival. In celebration of the Festival’s 20th anniversary, the MSAC’s 35th anniversary, and ICASP’s capstone year, we are collaborating…

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