Research Library

As part of our commitment to making our work and outputs accessible, and to generate further dialogue on the issues we explore, IICSI has created an online Research Library. Here you will find a range of pieces including films, articles, think pieces, and interviews. Please use the search function or browse, and check back again as this library will be updated regularly.

Research outcomes related to the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice project (2007-2013) are available in the ICASP Research Collection.

slide projector at Black Utopia

Black Utopia LP – A Cauleen Smith Movie (GJFC 2014)

During the 2014 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium Cauleen Smith presented “Black Utopia LP – A Cauleen Smith Movie” as a keynote address. “Black Utopia LP – A Cauleen Smith Movie” is a double vinyl LP accompanied by 35mm slides synchronized in a live cinematic performance.

Team Interviews Preview

IICSI members explain how their work is related to improvisation, why they are so passionate about their research, and why they think improvised art is important to society and the humanities.

Plenary Panel

Plenary Panel: Arts-Based Community Making (GJFC 2015)

A Plenary Panel: Arts-Based Community Making, moderated by Elizabeth Jackson, IICSI’s Community Engagement Officer at the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium: Among the People: Arts, Improvisation, and Well-Being. Speaking on the panel is Jo-Ann Episkenew (University of Regina), John Semple (Women’s College Hospital), Laura Stinson (Wilfred Laurier University), and Shawn Van Sluys (Musagetes).

matana roberts

Matana Roberts – Guelph Jazz Festival 2015

Composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner Matana Roberts, talks the need for a language of fearlessness, the need artists have for each other and the improvisation involved in being an artist at Among the People Art, Improvisation & Well-Being at the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium.

Panel participants GJFC 2015

Regina Improvisation Studies Centre: Improvisation, Community, Indigineity (GJFC 2015)

IICSI hosted the panel showcase Regina Improvisation Studies Centre: Improvisation, Community, Indigineity at the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium. The panel was moderated by Patrick Case, the director of the Human Rights and Equity Office of the University of Guelph.

ISIM improv performance still

AACM: The Next Fifty Years (ISIM performance)

The International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) hosted the panel discussion, AACM: The Next Fifty Years with active AACM members Douglas R. Ewart, Ann E. Ward and Khari B. The panel was moderated by Brian Lefresne and the panel was concluded with an improvised performance.

ISIM 2016 panel

AACM: The Next Fifty Years (ISIM)

The International Society for Improvised Music hosted a panel and performance featuring Douglas R. Ewart, Ann E. Ward and Khari B. The panel presentation was moderated by Brian Lefresne, a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph.

Kids Ability at GJF 2015

Play Who You Are 2015: Play What You Feel (Part One)

The 2015 Play Who You Are camp was hosted by Rainbow Programs for Children at the University of Guelph, and facilitated by pianist/improviser/student music therapist Laura Stinson.

Douglas R. Ewart

Crepuscule in Guelph 2016, Douglas R. Ewart & Community Orchestra Inventions

Douglas R. Ewart was the 2015-2016 Improviser-In-Residence in Guelph and Waterloo. Ewart’s residency included instrument building workshops, musical improvisations with local artists, a performance at the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival & Colloquium and culminated in his orchestrated, massive community improvisation Crepuscule 2016, in Guelph’s Arboretum. The Improviser-in-Residence program is a collaborative partnership between IICSI, the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community, and Musagetes.

Georgia Simms

Thinking Spaces with Georgia Simms

Watch and listen to Georgia Simms discuss investigating dance improvisation for the Thinking Spaces Reading Group and Speaker Series.

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