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New Vertical Squirrels Album: Le gouffre / The Chasm

Improvisational free jazz/post rock quartet Vertical Squirrels (comprised of IICSI’s director Ajay Heble, IICSI researcher / professor Daniel Fischlin, and all-star musical improvisors Ted Warren and Lewis Melville) have released a new record through Ambiances Magnétiques entitled Le gouffre / The Chasm. The album was recorded during a 2019/20 residency at Silence as part of…

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15th Annual Music Symposium

The University of Guelph’s Music Students’ Association is proud to present the 15th Annual Music Symposium, featuring a variety of events highlighting musical creation at the U of G and beyond. This year’s events include: Critical Studies in Improvisation (IMPR) Graduate Students’ Presentations and Performances (First Set) Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021 Time: 1 pm – 3…

Survey Invitation: Community, Arts, and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts and Outcomes

Community, Arts, and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts and Outcomes Survey Invitation University of Guelph Critical Studies in Improvisation Graduate Students in the Arts-Based Community-Making class want to hear from the arts community! Under the supervision of Dr. Ajay Heble and in collaboration with the Guelph Arts Council, our team is researching how the COVID-19 Pandemic…

Thinking Spaces: March & April 2021

Thinking Spaces, IICSI’s improvisational reading group and speaker series, is proud to be presenting some excellent speakers over the coming weeks: Dhruv Jani of Studio Oleomingus, Roger Dean, and Harald Kisiedu. Friday, March 26, 3-4:30PM, Dhruv Jani – Studio Oleomingus: The Concentric Fictions of a Generous History: Hypertext and other annotations to memory Dhruv Jani is…

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Special Journal Issue on “Improvisation, Musical Communities, and the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation—the peer-reviewed, open-access journal of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) at the University of Guelph—has released a special issue providing key insights into the pandemic’s effects on artists, arts organizations, and their communities. Published on the one-year anniversary of the global pandemic shutdown,…

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Improvising and Listening – December 18th

Thinking Spaces: The Reading Group and Speaker Series is pleased to present a listening and discussion session by IICSI Researcher and U of G Professor Dr. James Harley and IMPR Graduate Students for the Interactive Improvisation in Times of Isolation project titled: “Improvising and Listening.”

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Thinking Spaces with Joel Bakan – Nov. 6

Thinking Spaces presents Joel Bakan for a talk on his new film and book, The New Corporation on Friday, November 6th from 3-4:30 pm (EST).

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Thinking Spaces is Now Online – Oct. 23 with George Lipsitz

IICSI’s Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series, Thinking Spaces, is now exploring virtual spaces, with the series continuing online through the fall 2020 semester.

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Coming Soon! 24 Hours of Improvised Art

IF 2020, a 24-hour online improvisation festival, featuring 100+ unique, original performances by 150+ international artists of all disciplines, will take place this August.

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Black Lives Matter Statement

We at the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation want to express our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and with the protesters around the world who have been standing up against police killings and systemic and structural anti-Black racism that causes them to occur.

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