Regina Improvisation Studies Centre (RISC), University of Regina

Participants in the RISC Improvising with iPads project (2014)

Rebecca Caines reports the launching of the website for the Regina Improvisation Studies Centre at the University of Regina. The Centre is a “response to a growing sense that critical studies in improvisation, and improvising art practices were both important areas of Saskatchewan cultural activity.”

Check out the website to hear more about the latest collaborations of IICSI researchers and partners.

RISC just hosted a series of workshops and concerts called Sounding Out! Improvisation with iPads, with the Regina Public Library, Glen Elm Branch. Over a hundred children and teenagers got to hear and experience improvising with tablet devices, including performances and workshops by local Regina sound artists Ryan Hill and Ernie Dulanowksy, and performances by the University of Regina iPad Orchestra, directed by Rebecca Caines, David Gerhard and Helen Pridmore. This event was co-sponsored by RISC partners Common Weal Community Arts and Holophon Audio Arts.

RISC also hosted a performance and workshop by Scott Thomson and Susanna Hood on their Muted Note tour. This 40-performance tour, based on the works of Canadian poet P.K. Page, crisscrosses the country and ends at Bar Co-op L’agitée in Quebec City on November 16.

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