Ajay Heble – In The Ontarian

Ajay Heble receives $2 million to build an “ImprovLab” at University of Guelph – article in The Ontarian.

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2017 Improviser-in-Residence Kade. L Twist

Poet and interdisciplinary artist Kade. L Twist is the 2017 IICSI & Musagetes Improviser-in-Residence. During his time in Guelph, Kade will be working with members of the Indian and Indigenous communities to workshop and create a score for a collaborative vocal performance that will premiere at Silence, 46 Essex Street in Guelph on Friday December 8th from 7-9 pm.

"The ACCM: Musical Dissent and Pedagogies of Possibility." Photo credit: Brian Lefresne.

Short Takes… November 2017

Short Takes … from the November 2017 edition of Improv Notes. As of October 2014, Improv Notes is edited and written by David Lee and assembled by administrative assistant Rachel Collins. If you have anything improvisation related that you would like included in the newsletter, please send an email to [email protected]

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CALL FOR PARTICIPATION – “That’s Just Indians Being Indians”

In his role as 2017 Improviser-in-Residence, Kade L. Twist is recruiting participants for a project tentatively titled “That’s Just Indians Being Indians.” This project seeks to bring participants of Indigenous and Indian backgrounds together, to collaborate on a generative, socially-engaged sound piece. 

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A new website for the AUMI project!

In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, the Adaptive Use Musical Instruments (AUMI) project has also launched a new website at


New Orchestra Workshop Society 40th Anniversary

The New Orchestra Workshop (NOW) Society will commemorate their 40th year with performances of new works in a four-day interactive archival and performative installation.

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Rebecca Caines in Northern Ireland

Dr. Caines is a visiting research fellow at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) in the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queens University, Belfast, starting this October 2017, through August 2018!

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IICSI in Berlin Oct. 27-29

IICSI Director Ajay Heble has been invited to give a keynote lecture at “Out of the Blue: From Provisional to Improvisation,” a Symposium with performances, concerts and workshops in German or English, being held October 27-29, 2017, at Haus der Kulturen der Welt , in Berlin, Germany.

IICSI’s ImprovLab Initiative Receives CFI Funding

We are delighted to share the good news that IICSI has received a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation for the building of our ImprovLab research and performance facility.

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Announcing Music and Social Justice

University of Michigan Press is proud to announce a new series, Music and Social Justice. Across academic and trade presses, this is the first (and long overdue) series calling for work in music and justice.

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