Short Takes – ImprovNotes July 2019


Our apologies – the photograph of the guzheng player in the June edition of ImprovNotes was not Jing Xia as identified. Jing Xia, a current PhD student in ethnomusicology at Memorial University in St. John’s, is a guzheng player and teacher from China. She performed in the IICSI-sponsored event Agile Futures in Vancouver in June. Again, our apologies. THIS is Jing Xia:

Congratulations to Ann Westbere!

First-year Critical Studies in Improvisation PhD Student Ann Westbere was recently awarded the Stanley Saunders Scholarship for Music, for a summer research project that aims to review the past fifty years of the University of Guelph’s Thursday At Noon (TAN) Concert Series and digitally archive the materials for the community. Over the years, the concert series has featured students, faculty, local performers, and artists from around the world, and has partnered with festivals including the Guelph Spring Festival and the Guelph Jazz Festival.

Patterns at IICSI-MUN

connors patterns promo imageSt. John’s-based IICSI postdoctoral fellow Teresa Connor‘s latest nonlinear audiovisual work, Patterns, ran during the International Computer Music Conference in New York June 16–23.


Trombone Solos at Odd Hours

Over the summer, Guelph Jazz Festival artistic director Scott Thomson is playing “Trombone Solos at Odd Hours” at Silence, 46 Essex Street, in Guelph, ON. (For example, July 17th at 9:56 am, July 18th at 3:08 pm, etc.) For more information about this and other Silence events, visit the Silence website or follow Scott Thomson on Twitter @sowehear.


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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