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Dong-Won Kim leading the percussion ritual at the groundbreaking ceremony for the ImprovLab / Mackinnon building performance arts wing renovations at the University of Guelph.

ImprovLab Groundbreaking with photos

ImprovNotes news on our groundbreaking ceremony for our new CFI funded ImprovLab facility and the renovations of the performing arts wing of the University of Guelph MacKinnon building happened on October 24, 2019 with photos.

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MacKinnon Groundbreaking Ceremony

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding a groundbreaking ceremony for the new CFI funded ImprovLab facility and the renovations of the performing arts wing of the University of Guelph MacKinnon building!

Guelph welcomes Belfast, Mexico City, and Ottawa!

The IICSI, is expanding its research partnerships and is delighted to welcome three new partners next week, for planning and project development meetings.

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New Books, New Faces, New Sounds: the Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium

A brief round-up with photos of the 2019 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium – Improvising Instruments that kicked off with a keynote address by David Rothenberg…

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Short Takes – ImprovNotes Sept 2019

Short Takes from the September 2019 edition of ImprovNotes, the IICSI’s monthly newsletter.

An Improvised Curtain-Raiser at #EMWF2019

The IICSI is delighted to present a reading and improvised musical performance that will pay tribute to artistic freedom and collaboration for the opening event of the Eden Mills Writer’s Festival:  In Conversation: Marina Endicott and Guy Gavriel Kay  happening September 6, 2019 at the Guelph Arboretum. 

Doleen Tisawii'ashii Manning.

Into the Light @ Guelph Civic Museum

Former IICSI Postdoctoral Fellow Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, an Anishinaabe contemporary artist, is co-curator for an upcoming exhibition at the Guelph Civic Museum. Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario examines local histories and the ongoing legacies of racial “betterment” thinking in Southern Ontario—a movement that de-humanized and disappeared those who did not fit the normative middle-class lives of white, able-bodied settlers.

Cecil Foster

Artist of the Month: Cecil Foster

IICSI Researcher Cecil Foster is the ImprovNotes artist of the month!

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A series of public concerts in the Gaspésie region

The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation will be presenting a series of public concerts and events as part of our two initiatives in the Gaspésie region this summer: Musical Improvisation at Land’s End (MILE) summer camp and the Summer Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. Returning for its fourth edition, MILE camp this…

George Lewis

IICSI Researcher Wins Doris Duke Award

IICSI researcher George E. Lewis has been granted a Doris Duke Artist Award “as a composer and trombonist whose audacious experimentalism has pushed both jazz and contemporary classical music forward.”

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