Isaiah Farahbakhsh – Reflections on the 2018 Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium

When reflecting on Guelph’s most recent jazz festival, the image my thoughts keep converging on is a concrete poem presented in the talk given by Meta DuEwa Jones. This poem from Giovanni Singleton’s collection Ascension contained text related to Alice Coltrane and her work.

Are dissonances and group agreement compatible?

Trying out different strategies as a guide through those spaces is important. But it’s also important to be able quickly to change the plan to match what the group dynamic, especially the outliers, may need to feel comfortable to explore.

Crepuscule: Fostering Community and Celebrating the Individual

A Reflection by Ellen Ringler – Crepuscule was truly extraordinary. Douglas R. Ewart’s creative vision and dedication to the people around him is inspired. The creative process of Crepuscule enhanced and allowed for freedom of expression of the individual and the creation itself fostered a sense of community. Music and creativity offer ways to appreciate the difference of the individual and work as equalizers for community building. Crepuscule opened space to encourage individual expression and foster a community spirit.