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Thinking Spaces: Zane Zalis, “Head in the Clouds – Feet on the Ground | Improvising and Creating: A Way of Becoming and Being”

December 6, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Zane Zalis graphic for Thinking Spaces: Head in the Clouds-Feet on the Ground Improvising and Creating: A Way of Becoming and Being. A black and white photo of Zane is placed in front of colourful circles and squiggly lines. Wednesday, December 6, 2 pm (ET).

Please join us on Wednesday, December 6 at 2:00 PM for Thinking Spaces: Head in the Clouds – Feet on the Ground | Improvising and Creating: A Way of Becoming and Being” with Zane Zalis. 

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!

More about this talk:

With decades of experience as an improvising musician, composer, lyricist, performer, educator, and more, Dr. Zane Zalis will share stories/experiences, insights, lessons, practices, and ideas that have informed and shaped his artistic and pedagogical journey. The entangled texture of his work, weaving emotion, feeling, reason, thinking, motivation and skill development as central to human understanding of self and others, renders the arts and values creativity/improvisation as indispensable to broad and deep human development.

More about the speaker:

Dr. Zane Zalis is a composer/lyricist/writer/producer/educator, having received the PhD Dissertation Award (CSSE ARTS SIG, Canada), Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond and Gold Medals, Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for the Advancement of Inter-Religious Understanding, Opus Klassik (Germany-six nominations), Canon of Culture Prize 2017 (Lodz, Poland), Canada Council for the Arts grant- composer/lyricist/librettist, and an invitation to become a composer-member of the prestigious BMI Musical Theatre Workshops, New York. His compositions have been performed in New York (Lincoln Center), Toronto (Roy Thomson Hall), Lodz (Grand Theatre), Scotland, Mexico, Stuttgart/Wuppertal/Leverkusen (Germany), Murau (Artistic Director of the International Music Festival, Austria), and Winnipeg (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, CBC – Jazz Orch., Queen Elizabeth II gala concert, et al). His oratorio, I Believe, has been recorded by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Bayer Philharmoniker (Ars Produktion-Germany). He has also worked in the commercial music field; radio, television, music theatre, and music production.  He has taught at secondary and post-secondary levels, having founded and created innovative programs and methods that address creative/skill development, performance, and pedagogy.

To attend the talk in-person or online, RSVP via our Google Forms.


December 6, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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