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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…

ImprovNotes October 2013 Artist of the Month: Tomomi Adachi

Tomomi Adachi (足 立 智美) is a Japanese vocal and electronics performer, improviser, composer, instrument builder, installation artist, theatre director, and sound poet. He is the only performer of sound poetry in Japan and performed Kurt Schwitters’ “Ursonate” for the first time in Japan. He has performed with numerous musicians, dancers, and filmmakers, and along…

Oral Histories Project: Tanya Tagaq

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…

The Guelph Reading Group is Back and it Swings!

Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speakers Series 2013-2014 The Reading Group is open to all – community members, faculty, and students – who are interested in improvisation as a model for creative thinking and action. This year’s Thinking Spaces is divided into blocks based on selected research themes: BLOCK 1: Oct-Dec – Improvisation,…

Thinking Spaces, the Guelph ICASP Reading Group returns Sept 27.

We’ll kick-off this year’s events with a visit from vocal improviser, composer, & sound poet, Tomomi Adachi (see below for more information). This opening event will happen at an irregular time & place: 10 Carden (www.10carden.ca), 8-10pm. We will follow this kick-off event with our first regular meeting, Friday Oct 11, 3-5. At that meeting…

CFP: TACET

This next issue of TACET seeks to address these different points from an interdisciplinary perspective and to bring together an ensemble of studies (cross-disciplinary, general or focusing on the analysis of specific cases), examining sound space through the multiple problems which represent it and seek to define it. Among these focal points are: the strategies…

CFP Deadline: “Sound Changes: Improvisation, Social Practice, and Cultural Difference”

As part of Duke University Press’s Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice Series, two volumes of which have already been published, this volume proposes an enhanced, interdisciplinary understanding of improvisation as a multivalent, global social practice found within and across different cultural and historical contexts, different national sites and traditions. Books in this new series generally posit…

Musagetes Guelph Café – September 25-28, 2013

Performances / Workshops / Live Music / Discussions / Debates All events are free! Find the full program of events here. With performances, workshops, live music, discussions, hands-on publishing, outdoor interventions, debates, and a neighbourhood audio zine, the Café will focus on co-creating, bridge-building across communities, and recognizing alternative social spaces. Here is what we’ll…

Photo Recap: Guelph Jazz Festival Continues to Inspire at 20

The 20th Anniversary of the Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium was another resounding success. Over the last twenty years the Festival has burgeoned from what Artistic Director Ajay Heble describes as “very modest origins into a vital social-purpose enterprise.” It has become an inclusive meeting place where enthusiasts of creative, innovative jazz and improvised music…

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