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IICSI is pleased to announce two exciting events taking place this August in Gaspé, Quebec:

Musical Improvisation at Land’s End / Coin-du-Banc en folie

Photo of a number of people are lying on their backs in a circle on the beach in Gaspé, Québec.

Photo by Jeannette Hicks.

Musical Improvisation at Land’s End (MILE) is a unique summer camp that will engage musicians and non-musicians alike in hands-on workshops led by world-class improvising artists. Back for its fourth year, this year’s edition will run from August 3-10, 2019, in Coin-du-Banc, Québec. During the camp, we will have daily sessions dedicated to creating and rehearsing music. Curricular topics to be considered include the following: developing an extended musical vocabulary, riff-based ensemble improvisation, composition, collaboration, conducted improvisation, graphic scores, deep listening, assistive/adaptive use technologies, digital and computer-based improvisation, and free playing. After a final workshop/rehearsal, the camp will culminate in two public events: a performance by camp participants during the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde in Gaspé and a public concert featuring camp participants and camp faculty in a museum on the site of a recently deconsecrated historic church in Coin-du-Banc.

For more information or to register for the camp, please visit the MILE camp webpage.

Summer Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation

The Summer Institute builds on three years of successful arts-based community projects in the area through our linked project Musical Improvisation at Land’s End / Coin-du-Banc en folie, and coincides with this year’s launch of the flagship Critical Studies in Improvisation MA and PhD programs at the University of Guelph. Program faculty (Arroyas, Fischlin, Heble, and Harley) will play an active role in designing and teaching in the Summer Institute. The Institute will include numerous opportunities for engagement both among experienced and emerging scholars and between scholars and local artists and communities.

The Institute will be split into two distinct subsections. During the first week, students will join the Musical Improvisation at Land’s End / Coin-du-Banc en folie project to participate in exploratory sessions of applied improvisation, to explore their own improvisational practices and to participate in a shared experience of improvisational creativity, led by Marianne Trudel, the noted Montreal-based pianist, composer, improviser and arranger. In the second week, the group will move on to work on the subject of improvisation from a more traditional scholarly perspective, reflecting on their experiences in the first week and situating those experiences within a framework of salient research in the field of Critical Studies in Improvisation.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Summer Institute webpage. 

Applications are due May 1st.

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