Crepuscule catalogue cover with Douglas R. Ewart on the cover Douglas R. Ewart’s Crepuscule: Stories of Impact

For composer, improviser, and artistic visionary Douglas R. Ewart, “sounds and stories are crucial spiritual, emotional and intellectual foods that we must all partake of in order to thrive.”  Douglas R. Ewart’s Crepuscule: Stories of Impact is a full colour celebration of the improvised community collaborations of Crepuscule – an orchestra of community and creative activities near a body of water, trees or botanical garden as a means to draw energy form the settings itself.

Edited by Ajay Heble this catalogue features: essays and reflections by Michael Collins, Jeannette Hicks and Brian Lefrense, and Ed Sarath; an interview with Ewart by Ajay Heble; Ewart’s artist statement about the evolving energy that is Crepuscule; and throughout the pages are photographs from Crepuscule – Guelph – the culminating event of Ewart’s 2015-16 residency in Guelph’s Arboretum, and the subsequent participatory, multi-site, mixed-media exhibition Douglas R. Ewart’s Crepuscule at the Robert Langen Art Gallery at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Crepuscule instruments exhibition installation photo and a quote by Suzanne Luke about the Crepuscule exhibition

A page spread from the book including a statement on Crepuscule from curator Suzanne Luke and an installation image form the exhibition at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Contextualizing Crepuscule within the traditions of experimental music, sculptural assemblage and performance art, this book highlights moments of connection and opens a space for dialogue about the role of improvisation in building and strengthening community.

Through the images, instruments, exhibitions, and book Douglas R. Ewart’s Crepuscule continues.


Douglas R. Ewart is a versatile composer, improviser, sculptor, and maker of masks and instruments. He is also an inspiring and enthusiastic educator and lecturer. Throughout his acclaimed 40-year career, Ewart has led projects in diverse media, weaving his many talents into a single sensibility that encourages and celebrates the wholeness of individuals in culturally active communities.

Crepuscule – Guelph was presented as part of the Improviser-in-Residence initiative, a partnership of Musagetes and the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation.