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Thinking Spaces 2022: “Why Music Festivals Now? Ellen Waterman and Ajay Heble in Conversation”

This Thinking Spaces session, “Why Music Festivals Now?: Ellen Waterman and Ajay Heble In Conversation,” took place on April 21, 2022. Description: Festival studies has become a vital and growing field of research that draws insights from cultural studies, music, sociology, anthropology, ecology, geography, and history, among others. It has arguably emerged as a discipline…

Reflection – Freddie Stone: Musical Phenomenologist

This reflection was written by Bob Wiseman, and appeared in the April 2022 edition of the ImprovNotes newsletter. It was in Toronto in the 1980s. I was searching for meaning and understanding in my pianistic improvisations. There was no Youtube, no internet. Today, I can watch footage of Freddie Stone in the late 60s on…

Thinking Spaces 2022: Aruna Antonella Handa

This Thinking Spaces session, “Untitled or how free is free anyway? Unpacking the ceteris paribus clauses in free improvisation,” with guest Aruna Antonella Handa, took place on March 25, 2022. Description from Aruna: I want to be free, but so often i feel embarrassed as i find myself grasping for the scaffolding. I want to…

The House of Song and Sound by Genetic Choir

The multi-national vocal improvisation group Genetic Choir is proud to announce the release of a new publication: The House of Song and Sound: The Stem & Luister Method. This booklet provides insights into a project, started by Genetic Choir, that involves using improvisation as a tool in the context of working with people with verbal…

Go To Jail

We’re pleased to announce the publication of an impressive new book, Go To Jail, edited by Students at the Center (SAC), an independent English and Social Studies program working within public schools in New Orleans. For this project, SAC staff & teachers—including IICSI researcher Dr. George Lipsitz—invited young people to examine the prison system in their…

Big Ideas In Improvisation 2021: Fred Moten and Vijay Iyer in Conversation

On May 28th, 2021, IICSI and Musagetes presented the inaugural Big Ideas in Improvisation lecture, “Fred Moten and Vijay Iyer: in Conversation.” This online event brought these two artistic visionaries, social activists, and MacArthur “Genius” award winners together for an evening of provocative and inspiring dialogue. Iyer and Moten shared their perspectives on the concept…

Stories of Impact: Improvisation & Convivencia in East LA

This short documentary showcases the work conducted by artist fellows as part of the Building Healthy Communities project in Boyle Heights, LA. This video features dozens of community members participating in these improvisational art-based interventions, practicing what Martha Gonzalez calls “Convivencia”: being present and engaging together in mind, body, and spirit via participatory music and…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Harald Kisiedu

This Thinking Spaces talk, “Living Ball of Fire: Peter Brötzmann, Black Experimentalism, and Politics in 1960s West Germany” by Harald Kisiedu, took place on April 23, 2021. This talk is concerned with the experiences and musical practices of important saxophonist and improviser Peter Brötzmann. It illuminates the creative tension between the realms of music and…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Roger Dean

This Thinking Spaces talk, with guest Roger Dean, took place on April 9th, 2021. This talk, entitled “AI and Improvisation: Virtual Improvisers, Virtual Pianos,” provided insights into Roger Dean’s research. As he describes: “I have engaged with computer-interactive improvisation since it became financially and practically accessible on desktop and portable computers, notably with the advent…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Dhruv Jani (Studio Oleomingus)

This Thinking Spaces talk, with guest Dhruv Jani, took place on March 26, 2021. In this talk, entitled “The Concentric Fictions of a Generous History: Hypertext and Other Annotations to Memory,” Dhruv Jani attempts to weave together a sprawling argument about interactive fiction that spans across the legacy of colonialism, the bureaucratic tyranny of citizenship,…