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.

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Thinking Spaces 2020-21: “Improvising and Listening”

This Thinking Spaces event, with Professor Dr. James Harley and IMPR Graduate Students, took place on December 18th, 2020. In this session, Dr. Harley introduces the “Interactive Improvisation in Times of Isolation” project, inviting each artist to introduce their piece and play the recording. There are seven artists, and each piece is about five minutes…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Dong-Won Kim

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Dong-Won Kim

This Thinking Spaces talk, “Time to Plant Seed” with guest Dong-Won Kim, took place on December 4, 2020. Since 1984, Kim Dong-won has learned various traditional percussion music, such as farmer’s drumming and dance, shaman music, Pansori accompany, and music theory. In 1987, he was a political prisoner, sentenced for playing music at the funeral…

Thinking Spaces: Joel Bakan

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: Joel Bakan

This Thinking Spaces talk, with guest Joel Bakan, took place on Nov. 6, 2020. For this talk, Joel Bakan discusses his new film and book, “The New Corporation.” Joel Bakan is an author, filmmaker, and professor of law at the University of British Columbia. His work examines the social, economic, and political dimensions of law,…

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: George Lipsitz

Thinking Spaces 2020-21: George Lipsitz

This Thinking Spaces talk, “Insubordinate Spaces: Why Improvisation and Accompaniment Matter Now” by George Lipsitz, took place on October 23, 2020. George Lipsitz is Research Professor Emeritus of Black Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is co-author with Barbara Tomlinson of Insubordinate Spaces: Improvisation and Accompaniment for Social Justice (2019)…

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Community Building through Formal and Non-Formal Music Learning: An Interview With My Father

By Brent Rowan This podcast, “Community Building through Formal and Non-Formal Music Learning: An Interview with my Father,” was completed as part of Brent Rowan’s Major Research Project for the Critical Studies in Improvisation program at the University of Guelph. Abstract One part of my autoethnographic study to better understand my own musical development and…

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Musical Improvisations by Reza Yazdanpanah

A series of 3 videos created by Reza Yazdanpanah: Me myself and I: “Challenges in Improvising with Myself”, Improvisation in the Context of Persian Classical Music, and Rumi Lived Improvisationally.

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Four33 is a podcast by IICSI graduate students Carey West and Stephen Donnelly, focusing on improvisation in daily life, particularly its value as a survival skill and tool for social change.

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In Virtual Rectangles

In Virtual Rectangles” a recording of a non-scripted live performance by IICSI Researchers Paul Watkins and Leila Qashu, and Critical Studies in Improvisation grad students Shaghayegh Yassemi and Erwan Noblet (2021).

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Everyday Improvisation in Public Space: A Literature Review

Everyday improvisation in public space is an extremely broad topic, and the structure of this literature review speaks to that. Rather than providing a cohesive overview, I have instead opted to focus on a few select areas and examples of how this phenomenon is discussed in social theory and social science research (particularly sociology and human geography), as well as providing some examples that may be of interest to IICSI in terms of philosophy of improvisation or applications for improvisation.

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Summer Institute 2019 – Research and Creation Studio Showcase

A video showcasing the work of IICSI students and faculty at IICSI’s Summer Institute Research and Creation Studio in August, 2019.

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