ImprovNotes oct 2019 screen catpure of the newsletter Short Takes – ImprovNotes October 2019

Dong-Won Kim promo image with drum

Dong-Won Kim

Korean percussionist, vocalist, composer, and improviser Dong-Won Kim presented a talk, “The Nature of Improvisation from a Traditional Korean Perspective,” at the University of Guelph’s McLaughlin Library on October 18. An internationally recognized master of his form, Dong-Won is a member of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and a professor at Wonkwang Digital University in South Korea. No stranger to Guelph, Dong-Won Kim was IICSI’s 2014 Improviser-in-Residence, where he ran a series of “Ding-Dong” workshop sessions and mounted the large group improvised performance, When Rivers Meet.

art for arts logo

Art for Arts logo

The support of Patricia Parker and William Parker is warmly acknowledged in an Aarhus University MA thesis by Danish scholar Tina Burova. Improvising Equality “explores how a collective of Free Jazz artists and the organization they are closely associated with—Arts For Art—take the values they find in the genre of Free Jazz and its main principle, improvisation, as the inspirational basis for ways of organizing their community.”

Dedications dj techne graphic

“Dedications” graphic

“Dedications” is IICSI Researcher Paul Watkins’s (aka DJ Techné) sonic homage to musicians and creative artists: the series “mixes, mashes, samples, spins, cuts, signifies, rhapsodizes, poetizes, layers, collages, remixes, breaks, distresses, archives, remakes, reshapes, and re-edits pieces of recorded history to create a sonic audio homage to a host of musicians and styles with a nod to the avant-garde.” The newest installment, citing Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Tom Waits, Guru and DJ Premier, Nina Simone, Alice Coltrane, Pauline Oliveros, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Robert Johnson, among others, is now uploaded to Bandcamp for your listening pleasure.



The Nick Fraser Trio

The Nick Fraser Ttrio: Tony Malaby, Nick Fraser, and Kris Davis.

In Hamilton, zulapresents continues to present performances by major improvisers. A September concert included Ig Henneman, Ab Baars, Lori Freedman, Nick Caloia, Hamid Drake, and Erwan Keravec. Their fall series continues with Tetusuya Nakatani (Oct. 23), Francois Houle with James Meger and Joe Sorbara (Nov. 16), and the Nick Fraser Trio with Tony Malaby and Kris Davis (Nov. 30).



Teresa Connors

Teresa Connors

Recent IICSI postdoctoral fellow Teresa Connors was a featured artist at September’s St. John’s Hold Fast Festival, Newfoundland and Labrador’s longest running contemporary arts festival. Dr. Connors partnered with festival organizers and members of the Strategic Operations Office at Signal Hill Campus (SHC) to exhibit her work From the Edge and to present workshops in her discipline of creative code.

ImprovNotes is written by David Lee (School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph) and assembled and distributed by IICSI administrative assistant Rachel Collins. If you have anything improvisation related that you would like included in the newsletter, please email [email protected].

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