Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series 2016
The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series, Thinking Spaces, considers the ways in which improvisation can provide us with new ways of thinking and acting. Throughout the year, this group organizes public talks and workshops, as well as reading sessions that may include music, performance, film, academic texts, fiction, etc., based around critical thinking on improvisation. Readings are circulated in advance, and may also include short informal presentations by current IICSI students, artists or community groups. The current IICSI postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Guelph coordinates the group.
This group is open to all—community members, faculty, and students. We welcome new participants at any time throughout the year. Please contact us for more information or to be added to our mailing list.
Events Schedule for 2015-2016
Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series program runs in Guelph during the academic year, usually Fridays 3-5pm.
- Oct 23, 2015, Douglas R. Ewart, Improviser in Residence
- Nov 6, 2015, David Lee, Change of the Century: How Ornette Coleman Transformed Improvised Music
- Nov 20, 2015, Documentary Film Screening: Amplified Gesture, Directed by Phil Hopkins (2009)
- Jan 29, 2016, Georgia Simms, Freeing Frameworks: A Movement Improvisation Workshop
- March 4, 2016 George E. Lewis in Conversation with Harald Kisiedu How do you turn an academic book into an opera?
- March 14, 2016 Harald Kisiedu: Like a Cry You Wanted to Answer: Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky and the Emergence of Jazz Experimentalism in East Germany
- Friday, April 1, 2016, 3:00-5:00 pm, Session on Fluxus with Jeannette Hicks, Silence, 46 Essex St.
In March 2016, Mrdangam virtuoso Trichy Sankaran lead a workshop on South Asian musical traditions with Autorickshaw Trio.