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.

Dr. Trichy Sankaran workshop

Thinking Spaces with Dr. Trichy Sankaran

Watch and listen to Mrdangam virtuoso Trichy Sankaran discuss the role of improvisation in his music during his workshop on South Asian musical traditions with Autorickshaw Trio.

Professor Trichy Sankaran is a world-renowned percussion virtuoso, Indian music scholar and composer, and the founding director of Indian music studies at York University. Over the years, Prof. Sankaran has bridged eastern and western pedagogical styles and has influenced generations of students who have become noted performers, composers, and music educators themselves.

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John Szwed, Sun Ra on Earth

During the 2014 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium John Szwed presented “Sun Ra on Earth” as a keynote address.

Cover of Negotiated Moments book.

Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity

Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity explores how subjectivity is formed and expressed through musical improvisation, tracing the ways the transmission and reception of sound occur within and between bodies in real and virtual time and across memory, history, and space. Essays include analyses of the role of the body and technology in performance and improvisation’s ability to disrupt power relations. The contributors’ close attention to improvisation provides a touchstone for examining subjectivities and offers ways to hear the full spectrum of ideas that sound out from and resonate within and across bodies.

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.

Dong-Won Kim

The Art Of Risk: Negotiating Unfamiliar Territory in Large-group Improvisation

By Jason Caslor, Arizona State University In 2014, Musagetes, IICSI and the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community’s Improviser-in-Residence, Dong-Won Kim, spent the fall in Guelph bringing together a myriad of musicians and artists through improvised music and dance. His residency culminated on November 28th with a most unique collaboration involving 20 members of…

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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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The Improvisation Toolkit and Resources

The Improvisation Toolkit includes simple and direct instructions for games, activities and strategies to add improvisation to your classroom and a Toolkit Resource List of external resources relevant to the Improvisation Toolkit including sources on games, school and university classes, special needs, at-risk youth are available as a single download.

Vijay Iyer interviews Richard Weston

Randy Weston interviewed by Vijay Iyer – Guelph Jazz Festival 2014

Pianist Randy Weston is interviewed onstage by Vijay Iyer during the 2014 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium.

Evan Parker interview with Kevin McNeilly

Evan Parker interviewed by Kevin McNeilly – Guelph Jazz Festival 2015

During the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium Evan Parker was interviewed by Kevin McNeilly as a keynote presentation.

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Douglas R. Ewart – Guelph Jazz Festival 2015

During the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, Improvisor-In-Residence 2015/16, Douglas R. Ewart was interviewed by Ajay Heble. Ewart discussed his long term project Crepuscule, ideas for his residency in Guelph, Ontario and his journey to and the practice of improvisation.

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