Research Library

As part of our commitment to making our work and outputs accessible, and to generate further dialogue on the issues we explore, IICSI has created an online Research Library. Here you will find a range of pieces including films, articles, think pieces, and interviews. Please use the search function or browse, and check back again as this library will be updated regularly.

Research outcomes related to the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice project (2007-2013) are available in the ICASP Research Collection.

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KidsAbility Drum Club Final Performance

This short video documents the culminating performance of the 2017 Guelph and Cambridge Drum Clubs directed by Richard Burrows and in partnership with KidsAbility.

Stories of Impact: Talia

Stories of Impact: Talia

IICSI’s Stories of Impact are a new series exploring IICSI’s research and the wide-ranging impacts. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of KidsAbility and IICSI’s partnership, filmmaker Erin MacIndoe Sproule created this short film exploring the impact of this program on Talia, a participant of Play Who You Are over many years.

Stories of Impact: Katy

IICSI’s Stories of Impact are a new series exploring IICSI’s research and the wide-ranging impacts. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of KidsAbility and IICSI’s partnership, filmmaker Dawn Matheson created this short film exploring the impact of this program on Katy, a participant of Play Who You Are over many years.

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Play Who You Are: Learning from a Decade of Community Improvisation (2017)

Celebrating 10 years of the Play Who You Are project.

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Classroom Action

Building on the concept of a “teaching community,” Heble and his contributors explore what it might mean for teachers and students to reach outside the walls of the classroom to establish meaningful connections between the ideas and theories they have learned, and the broader community beyond campus.

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Deep Listening at the End of the World

Deep listening is a musical practice developed by musician and composer Pauline Oliveros for generating increased attention to sound.

Jeannette Hicks, PhD candidate and Research Assistant for the IICSI reflects on the experience of improvising and deep listening, which reveals the potential for bridging cultural and perceived difference, at Musical Improvisation at Land’s End camp.

Presented by IICSI, MILE camp seeks to develop innovative strategies to put aspiring musicians in direct and meaningful contact with professional improvisers.

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Improviser-in-Residence 2015-16 Douglas R. Ewart, Feedback and Reflections

The Improviser-in-Residence 2015-16 Douglas R. Ewart, Feedback and Reflections report is an amalgamation of the feedback gleaned from the Crepuscule participant surveys and the post-event, Crepuscule team focus-group evaluation.

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Improvisation and Social Aesthetics

Edited by Georgina Born, Eric Lewis, and Will Straw, this new volume addresses a wide range of improvised art and music forms in order to locate improvisation as a key site of mediation between the social and the aesthetic.

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Navid Navab – Practices of Everyday Life | Cooking (GJFC 2016)

Composer by Navid Navab discusses his thoughts and processes behind Practices of Everyday Life | Cooking, his synaesthetic performance organized around a chef, an enchanted kitchenette, and sonified ingredients.

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Musical Improvisation at Land’s End / Coin-du-Banc en Folie!

In the summer of 2016, the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI), with support from the Musagetes Foundation and the Chawkers Foundation, mounted the inaugural session of a bilingual improvised music camp entitled Musical Improvisation at Land’s End / Coin-du-Banc en Folie! in Coin-du-Banc, in the Gaspésie region of Québec.

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