Thinking Spaces: The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series

Night Improvisations performance

Night Improvisations featuring Ben Grossman, Reza Yazdanpanah, and Kathryn Ladano.

The Improvisation Reading Group and Speaker Series, Thinking Spaces, considers the ways in which improvisation can provide us with new ways of thinking and acting. Throughout the year, this group organizes public talks, workshops, special events, and concerts, as well as reading sessions that may include music, performance, film, academic texts, fiction, etc., based around critical thinking on improvisation. Readings are circulated in advance, and may also include short informal presentations by current IICSI students, artists or community groups.

This group is open to all—community members, faculty, and students. We welcome new participants at any time throughout the year. Please contact us for more information or to be added to our mailing list.

Schedule of Current Events:

February 25, 2022: Catharine Cary, The Upside Down Protocol
March 25, 2022: Aruna Antonella Handa, Untitled, or, How Free is Free Anyway?
April 21, 2022: Ellen Waterman and Ajay Heble in conversation, Why Music Festivals Now?

See below for an archive of past events.

Thinking Spaces Archive

2020 – 2021

Jessica Bissett Perea

Jessica Bissett Perea presenting on “Improvising Indigeneity” via Zoom for Thinking Spaces, March 2021

2019 – 2020

Eric Fillion presenting Jazz Libre for Thinking Spaces in March 2020.

2018 – 2019

Nathan Mejia explains Ambrisonics

SOFAM student Nathan Mejia demonstrates his project with Ambisonics.

2017 – 2018

Kade L. Twist and Collaborators : Priya Shah, Jeji Varghese, Madhur Anand, Cherish Blood, Lacey Hill and Heather Majaury performance at Silence.

2016 – 2017

2015 – 2016