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.

Crepuscule in Guelph

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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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.

What We All Long For Dionne Brand book cover

Think Piece: Oku’s Sounds: Anthony Braxton and Musical Improvisation in Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For

Improvised music plays an important role in Dionne Brand’s 2005 novel What We All Long For, which tells the intertwined story of four ethnically and racially diverse twenty-somethings living in downtown Toronto.

In this Think Piece, Lefrense details how the musical practices of one of the four protagonists Oku, a second-generation Caribbean-Canadian, projects his “politics of being” through a personally curated soundtrack.

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Sorry about the Sound Quality

Sorry about the Sound Quality: Improvisation, Living in the Moment and the Beauty of Mistakes is a collection of interviews by Caroline Gillis with friends and colleagues in theatre about improvisation, how they used it in their work and how it may have impacted their lives. Actors have to be improvisers on a daily basis, juggling many different types of work (creative and sometimes not) to keep body and creative soul alive. You will see how improvisation has positively affected the lives of these artists.

Think Piece: Improvisation and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

ABSTRACT The current Syrian refugee crisis—the civil war and the displaced peoples that resulted from it, but also the crisis with respect to how Western countries have responded to it—affirms a renewed need to learn to deal with social dissonance. In this piece, Paul Watkins discusses the ways in which social and musical improvisation (particularly…

Improvisation and Leapfrogging

The History of Improvisation in Toronto and the Episteme of the Twentieth Century “I am inclined toward leaping forward” – Mao Zedong, 2 February 1959 “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” – Neil Armstrong, 20 July 1969 Here is one way to tell the history of improvised music in Toronto:…

Play Who You Are

Sounding Futures: Play Who You Are

A short documentary the 2014 Play Who You Are Playsense and KidsAbility summer camp with Jesse Stewart,

the share performance

The Share Video

In Autumn 2012, ICASP Improvisers-in-Residence Scott Thomson and Susanna Hood created a multi-generational community art and music experience entitled ‘The Share.’ The film captures some of the beautiful songs, dances, and interactions that made ‘The Share’ so special.

The Improvisation Studies Reader

Improvisation is a performance practice that animates and activates diverse energies of inspiration, critique, and invention. In recent years it has coalesced into an exciting and innovative new field of interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry, becoming a cornerstone of both practical and theoretical approaches to performance. The Improvisation Studies Reader draws together the works of key artists…

People Get Ready Book

People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now!

The first book to launch in the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice series with Duke University Press, Ajay Heble and Rob Wallace‘s coedited collection, People Get Ready: The Future of Jazz is Now!, is “something of an attempt to correct the historical record, and … an intervention into current debates both about where the music…

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