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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.


Postcommodity performance (GJFC 2014)

One of three improvised musical performances co-presented by Musagetes, the Guelph Jazz Festival, and IICSI at the 2014 Guelph Jazz Festival. Postcommodity performed nine structured noise-songs from their (then), upcoming LP “We Lost Half The Forest, And The Rest Will Burn This Summer”, a 16-song concept album recounting the ever-cycling decay of a desert drought from the view of its flora and fauna.


The Komagata Maru Project (GJFC 2014)

At the 2014 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, the Neelamjit Dhillon Quartet (BC) presented the The Komagata Maru Project as a workshop/performance.

Douglas R. Ewart interview with Rachel Elliott

Sound It Out

Sound It Out is hosted by Rachel Elliott who is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Sound It Out is produced in conjunction with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. The show explores whether and how improvised music can serve as a basis for discursive inclusivity, the creation of new forms of shared meaning, and more democratic means of connecting with each other.

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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.

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