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Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity

Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity explores how subjectivity is formed and expressed through musical improvisation, tracing the ways the transmission and reception of sound occur within and between bodies in real and virtual time and across memory, history, and space. Essays include analyses of the role of the body and technology in performance and improvisation’s ability to disrupt power relations. The contributors’ close attention to improvisation provides a touchstone for examining subjectivities and offers ways to hear the full spectrum of ideas that sound out from and resonate within and across bodies.

Randy Weston interviewed by Vijay Iyer – Guelph Jazz Festival 2014

Pianist Randy Weston is interviewed onstage by Vijay Iyer during the 2014 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium.

Evan Parker interviewed by Kevin McNeilly – Guelph Jazz Festival 2015

During the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium Evan Parker was interviewed by Kevin McNeilly as a keynote presentation.

Douglas R. Ewart – Guelph Jazz Festival 2015

During the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, Improvisor-In-Residence 2015/16, Douglas R. Ewart was interviewed by Ajay Heble. Ewart discussed his long term project Crepuscule, ideas for his residency in Guelph, Ontario and his journey to and the practice of improvisation.

The Share Publication

In 2012, Improvisers-in-Residence Susanna Hood and Scott Thomson engaged in a broad range of community-based, collaborative creative initiatives in Guelph. This publication gathers a series of reflections on the residency, including an extended discussion of their work by Hood and Thomson, photographs, and a film profiling the final public performance of the residency.

Think Piece: Improvisation and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

ABSTRACT The current Syrian refugee crisis—the civil war and the displaced peoples that resulted from it, but also the crisis with respect to how Western countries have responded to it—affirms a renewed need to learn to deal with social dissonance. In this piece, Paul Watkins discusses the ways in which social and musical improvisation (particularly…

Improvisation and Leapfrogging

The History of Improvisation in Toronto and the Episteme of the Twentieth Century “I am inclined toward leaping forward” – Mao Zedong, 2 February 1959 “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” – Neil Armstrong, 20 July 1969 Here is one way to tell the history of improvised music in Toronto:…

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Cocreation

The second book to launch in the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice series with Duke University Press is the co-authored volume, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Improvisation, Rights, and the Ethics of Cocreation, by Daniel Fischlin, Ajay Heble, and George Lipsitz. The book proposes the vital argument “not only that improvisation and rights can be…

The Improvisation Studies Reader

Improvisation is a performance practice that animates and activates diverse energies of inspiration, critique, and invention. In recent years it has coalesced into an exciting and innovative new field of interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry, becoming a cornerstone of both practical and theoretical approaches to performance. The Improvisation Studies Reader draws together the works of key artists…

The Share Video

In Autumn 2012, ICASP Improvisers-in-Residence Scott Thomson and Susanna Hood created a multi-generational community art and music experience entitled ‘The Share.’ The film captures some of the beautiful songs, dances, and interactions that made ‘The Share’ so special.