Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series

Night Improvisations performance

Night Improvisations featuring Ben Grossman, Reza Yazdanpanah and Kathryn Ladano.

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, workshops, special events, and concerts, 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.

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.

Schedule of Current Events:

The winter 2021 Thinking Spaces series will be online. Attendees will need to register in advance of the event they would like to attend, and will be sent a link to the Zoom Room in the days just before the event. All times are EST.

Friday, April 9, 5PM, Roger Dean: AI and Improvisation: Virtual Improvisers, Virtual Pianos

Roger Dean is a composer/improviser and a research professor in music cognition and computation at Western Sydney University’s MARCS Institute. His research folds into his creative work, currently particularly by means of deep learning computational models for music generation.
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Friday, April 23, 3PMHarald Kisiedu: Living Ball of Fire: Peter Brötzmann, Black Experimentalism, and Politics in 1960s West Germany

Harald Kisiedu is a historical musicologist who received his doctorate from Columbia University. His research interests include jazz as a global phenomenon, music of the African diaspora, and Afrodiasporic composers, music, and politics.
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See below for an archive of past events.

Thinking Spaces Archive

2020 – 2021

2019 – 2020

Eric Fillion presenting Jazz Libre for Thinking Spaces in March 2020.


Nathan Mejia explains Ambrisonics

SOFAM student Nathan Mejia demonstrates his project with Ambisonics

2017 – 2018

Kade L. Twist and Collaborators : Priya Shah, Jeji Varghese, Madhur Anand, Cherish Blood, Lacey Hill and Heather Majaury performance at Silence

2016 – 2017

2015 – 2016