Partners

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Koumaria

Since 2009 the artist collective Medea Electronique has organized annually a 10-day experimental artist residency, Koumaria, near Sparta in Greece, focusing on improvisation and new media practices. Avant-garde artists from all over the world, inspired by the Greek natural landscape, come together to create a multicultural and cross-media ‘dialogue’ culminating in a collective presentation in…

Coastal Jazz and Blues

The story of Coastal Jazz and Blues Society is the story of determination, passion, idealism, community, and of course, music. Founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1986, as a community based, not-for-profit, charitable arts organization located in Vancouver, British Columbia, the society, from the very beginning, has worked diligently to establish Vancouver as a centre…

Give Yourself Credit

Give Yourself Credit provides vulnerable youth with an opportunity to obtain high school credits in a community setting. For youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, have personal circumstances restricting them from attending high school (e.g. pregnancy, bullying, etc), have experienced halted success in school or found regular school system did not meet…

UCSB – Centre for Black Studies Research

The University of California, Santa Barbara – Centre for Black Studies Research is one of the six site partners for IICSI; George Lipsitz is Site Coordinator. With deep expertise in collaborative, engaged, and practice-based research, the site runs annual Improvisation Based Engaged Scholarship Programs and carries out a range of projects that challenge conventional divisions between…

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland is one of the six site partners for IICSI.  Under the care of Site Coordinator Ellen Waterman, the Memorial site is home to an active set of researchers and projects, and holds regular conferences, symposia, and performances. In 2014 MUN hosted the Summer Institute and Think Tank on the themes of practice-based…

University of Regina

The University of Regina is one of the six site partners for IICSI and is home to the Regina Improvisation Studies Centre (RISC), a hub for improvisation-related creative, intellectual, and community-collaborative work with a range of partners. Rebecca Caines is the Director of RISC and IICSI’s University of Regina Site Coordinator. Read more about RISC…

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia is one of the six site partners for IICSI; Kevin McNeilly is Site Coordinator. The UBC site holds an annual improvisation-themed colloquium in collaboration with Coastal Jazz and Blues Society, and carries out a range of project activities in collaboration with research team members and community partners. For more information about…

McGill University

McGill University is one of the six site partners for IICSI. Under the leadership of Site Coordinator Eric Lewis, McGill is home to active research projects, frequent reading group and conference events, and several rich community partnered initiatives. Partners housed at McGill include: Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) Institute for Gender, Sexuality,…

University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is one of the six site partners for IICSI, and home to Director, Ajay Heble, as well as an active cluster of research team members. Guelph hosts the annual Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium and is currently home to 2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellow Harald Kisiedu, who is conducting research and running Thinking Spaces:…

Music, Media, and Place (MMaP)

The Research Centre for the Study of Music, Media and Place (MMaP) was established in 2003 to initiate and enable music research within the academic and general community. Many of MMaP’s website, CD, and other media projects focus on the rich traditional music of Newfoundland and Labrador. Through the program of the Canada Research Chair in…