Evan Parker UBC Colloquium 2016

Breathturns: Improvisation and Freedom

June 25 – June 26
UBC Robson Campus Room C130, 10am – 5pm
Free to the Public
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Saturday, June 25th

9:45 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Kevin McNeilly, University of British Columbia
Breathturns: The Poetics of Improvisation

10 am: Artist Talk

Kiran Bhumber, University of British Columbia
Interdisciplinary Interactions: Improvisation Across Sensory Modalities

10:45-12:30:  Panel: Promise, Freedom and Error

  • Helen Pridmore, Eastman School of Music
    Breath and Silence in Improvisation: A Talk and a Group Improvisation
  • Andrew Czink, Simon Fraser University
    Free Improvisation’s Impossible Promise: music, invention, freedom, politics
  • Patrick Boyle, University of Victoria
    Improvisation and the Politics of Error

12:30-1pm: lunch break

1:00 -2:00pm: Artist Keynote

Georg Graewe (Germany)
L’improvisation n’existe pas – the invocation of evil in contemporary musics

2:00 -3:30pm: Round Table: Freaking Out: Transgressive Timbres in Improvisation

  • Charles Sharp, California State University Fullerton
  • Jeff Schwartz, Los Angeles
  • Dave Chokroun, Vancouver

3:30pm: Artist Presentation

Rup Sidhu
Inform Formless

Sunday, June 26th

9:45 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

 10am: Artist Talk

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb
Cracks Filled with Gold

10:45am: Panel: Mayhem, Irreverence and Undoing

  • Randy Fertel, Fertel Foundation, New Orleans and New York
    Hermes’s Farts and Improv’s Spirit of Freedom 
  • Laurel Ralston, Carleton University
    Electric Mayhem and the Performance of Difference
  • Tomasz Michalak, University of British Columbia, with Rena Del PieveGobbi, and Jan Mascini
    Auditory Landscape Subjectivity: The Emergence of Character in Gertrude Stein’s An Exercise in Analysis

 12:15 -1pm: lunch break

 1pm-2pm: Artist Keynote

Evan Parker (UK)
Breath, Line and Resonance

2pm-3:30pm: Panel: Breathing Freely, Ecologies of Place

  • James Gordon Williams, Syracuse University
    Crossing Bar Lines: Improvising the Black Subject Through Unconventional Musical Practices 
  • Barry Long, Bucknell University
    Come Sunday Morning: Mahalia Jackson, Spirituality, and Signifying Freedom
  •  Ken Ge, University of Miami
    Ecologies, Venues and Intersections in Chicago Improvised Music

3:30pm: Artist Presentation

Tommy Babin
The Parma Manifesto

Concerts Featuring Artist Speakers

Evan Parker/Georg Graewe/Torsten Müller

Performance Works on Friday, June 24
2:30 pm, Free to the public

Evan Parker/Torsten Müller/Meredith Bates/Peggy Lee

The Ironworks on Friday, June 24
Midnight ticketed event

Georg Graewe/Dylan van der Schyff/John Paton

The Ironworks on Tuesday, June 28th
5:00 pm, Free to the public

 Ayelet Rose Gottlieb and Anat Fort

Performance Works on Friday, July 1
3:45 pm, Free to the public

 Tommy Babin/ Mary Halvorson/Skye Brooks/JP Carter

The Ironworks on Sunday, July 3
Midnight ticketed event

Call for Papers

The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and Coastal Jazz invite proposals for papers and presentations for our eighth colloquium in Vancouver, British Columbia—Breathturns: Improvisation and Freedom. The colloquium will take place during the opening weekend of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival at the downtown campus of the University of British Columbia, and will feature as keynote speakers several world-renowned improvisers who are performing at the festival. We are inviting proposals for 20-minute presentations from artists, academics and community members. Proposals for panels would be welcome, and we are interested in supporting various forms of interdisciplinary, practice-based research.

This year, the colloquium will focus on the relationships between improvisation and freedom. How do improvisational practices in the arts challenge our limits? How do liberation and spontaneity intersect? How do collective actions negotiate with individualities? Possible themes might include any of the following:

  • Blowing the Changes: Inside & Outside
  • “Controlled Freedom”
  • Breathing Freely: Ecologies of Improvisation
  • Dizzy Atmospheres: Inspiration & Expression
  • Freeing the Mind: Improvisation & Cognition
  • Liberation & the Politics of Jazz
  • Staging Freedom
  • Transgression, Freedom, & Constraint
  • Dissensus: Belonging & Dissidence
  • Free Speech & Spontaneity
  • Breathturns: The Poetics of Improvisation
  • All Work & No Play: Irreverence & Undoing
  • In Order to Survive: Freedom & Responsibility in Performance
  • Listening, Attention, & Reciprocity

Proposals no longer than 200 words should be submitted by e-mail on or before March 1, 2016 to Dr. Kevin McNeilly, IICSI Site Coordinator, Dept. of English, University of British Columbia: [email protected].