Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series
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:
Jan. 18 (8 pm): College of Arts 50th Anniversary: A Night at the Museum
Special programing by IICSI features local musical improvisers Ben Grossman (hurdy-gurdy), Kathryn Ladano (bass clarinet), and Reza Yazdanpanah (tar and setar) as part of a night of lively performances (Art Gallery of Guelph)
Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and the Art Gallery of Guelph
Jan. 25 (2-4 pm): ImprovLab & MacKinnon Building Renovation Open House
Diamond Schmitt Architects present the vision for the performing arts wing of MacKinnon, including IICSI’s new ImprovLab. (Goldschmidt Room, Rm 107, MacKinnon Building) Co-sponsored by the College of Arts.
Feb. 7 (2-4 pm): Improvisation Across Disciplines : from Theory to Practice
Co-Founder of The Making-Box, Jay Reid will join Ajay Heble, Director of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and founding Artistic Director of The Guelph Jazz Festival, in a dynamic conversation focusing on improvisation across disciplines. Whether in practice or theory, in music or theatre, in classrooms or performance, themes of agility, responsiveness, community, and compassion emerge whenever improvisational methods are central. Join us for this “out of the box” dialogue between two community leaders.
(Rm 265, McLaughlin Library) Co-sponsored by The Making-Box
Feb. 14 (4:30-6 pm): Computer Vision Ambisonics
SOFAM student Nathan Mejia will present an installation on the intersection of music and image technology in a project that incorporates accessibility, fashion, and bodily movement. (Rm 066, Alexander Hall)
Mar. 6 (7-8:30 pm): Improvisation and Public Space
U of G faculty Troy Hourie, Mervyn Horgan, and Kim McLeod explore the improvisatory imperative of creative life in public space. (2nd Fl. Heritage Rm, 10C, 42 Carden Street, Guelph) Co-sponsored by the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute
Mar. 22 (3-4:30 pm): Ayac Village, Northern Uganda: Music and Dance as Community Building and Treatment for Trauma
SOFAM faculty member Jim Harley presents on the efforts of internal refugees affected by the years-long conflict in Northern Uganda who have formed an association for traditional music and dance, which has become an important part of their trauma recovery. (IICSI House, 9 University Ave. E)
See below for an archive of past events.
Thinking Spaces Archive
- Oct. 15, 2018 : Yazz Ahmed post-TAN concert talk back
- Oct. 25, 2018 : Jesse Stewart, Improvising Inclusivity: Community Music, Accessibility, and Improvisation
- Nov. 15, 2018 : Edgar Landgraf, Improvisation and Posthumanism: Liberal, Radical, and Methodological Perspectives.
- Nov. 30, 2018 : Dawn Matheson, Dreaming at Land’s End
2017 – 2018
- November 7, 2017 : Danielle Palardy Roger – workshop
- December 1, 2017 : Musical Improvisation at Land’s End/Coin-du-Banc en folie film screening
- December 1, 2017 : Dr. Michelle Stewart & Dr. Rebecca Caines, Improvenabled: Interdisciplinary Responses to Social Isolation
- December 8, 2017 Kade Twist, “That’s Just Indians Being Indians”
- March 2 2018, 2018 Improvisers-in-Residence Jen Reimer & Max Stein
- March 9, 2018 : Dr. Maisie Sum & I Dewa Made Suparta, Balinese Gamelan and Community: Composition, Practice, and Performance
- March 21 Hafez Modirzadeh, Musical Compost, Consorts, and Collapsing Pyramids
- April 5 Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Off the Cuff: Mnidoo Infinity Squeezed through Finite Modulations
2016 – 2017
- October 25, 2016 : Guelph Ukulele Club and Dr. Kati Szego, Guelph ON
- February 10, 2017 : Dr. Ellen Waterman, Improvisation and the Audibility of Difference: Safa, Canadian Multiculturalism, and the Politics of Recognition
- March 3, 2017 : Dr. Jeremy Matthew Glick, HAITIAN REVOLUTIONARY OUT-TAKES: BRECHT, FANON, BARAKA/HEGEL.
- March 10, 2017 : Brent Lee : Musical Improvisation within Audiovisual Installations
- April 7, 2017 : Hospitable Offbeats: Jazz Improvisation and the Unconditional Welcome
- 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
- April 1, 2016 : 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.