Please join us on Wednesday, November 22 at 10:00 AM for Thinking Spaces: “Attending to the Social Space of The Music: Self-Expression as a Site of Pedagogy | Questioning the ways that I teach creative music making” with Joe Sorbara.
This presentation will take place in person at ImprovLab, MCKN 108 at the University of Guelph, as well as online via Zoom. As always, our Thinking Spaces events are free!
Joe Sorbara recently contributed a chapter to The Improviser’s Classroom: Pedagogies for Cocreative Worldmaking, edited by Daniel Fischlin and Mark Lomanno for Temple University Press. “Attending to the Social Space of The Music: Self-Expression as a Site of Pedagogy” is an exploration of the ways that Sorbara welcomes students into the world of creative music. In preparation for this phase of their work, which will be to study the ways that other improvisers conceive of the music, talk about the music, share the music with others, Sorbara invites participants in this colloquium presentation to help question, problematise, and otherwise unsettle some of the basic tendencies and assumptions that have arisen in the presenter’s writing.
Canadian drummer and percussionist Joe Sorbara has spent decades developing a reputation as a dedicated and imaginative performer, composer, improviser, collaborator, organiser, listener, writer, and educator. A consummate sonic adventurer, Sorbara’s music draws on a vast array of influences, most notably the African American Creative Music tradition. They have performed and recorded with Norm Adams, Ken Aldcroft, Anthony Braxton, Jared Burrows, JP Carter, Nikita Carter, Christine Duncan, Paul Dutton, François Houle, Germaine Liu, Joe McPhee, Karen Ng, Evan Parker, William Parker, Allen Ravenstine, Clyde Reed, Steve Sladkowski, and Friendly Rich, among many many others.
Sorbara is a long-time student of master drummer Jim Blackley. They hold an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from York University in Toronto and a Master’s degree in English from the University of Guelph. Joe has worked extensively as a workshop facilitator and guest lecturer and has been a sessional lecturer in the School of Fine Art and Music at Guelph since 2007. They
are currently studying toward a PhD in Critical Improvisation Studies.
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