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Agile Futures: Approaching Improvisation

Sunday, June 23, 2019Western Front10:00AMFREE

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The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and Coastal Jazz present the eleventh colloquium on Improvisation and its role in society. Presentations and performances may engage with questions like these: In a world marked by social and cultural exhaustion, what can the improvising arts and activism contribute to the realization of hopeful futures? How do theatrical, musical and artistic practices of improvisation offer new and alternative forms of creative knowledge?

Panel: Approaches
Beau Stocker (York University), “Rhythm in improvised music composition and performance: Improvised music models of East African rhythm translations that structure drum set sound exploration”
Eunhye Jeong (Berklee College of Music),“Improvising to Create the Aged Now”

Panel: Convergences
Patrick O’Reilly (University of Toronto), “Constructing Musical Networks: An Investigation into the Convergence of Extended Notation and Mail-Art”
Laura Swankey (Vocalist and Music Educator, Toronto), “Combining Song and Noise” Stacey Bliss (York University),  “Heightened Awareness Through Improvisational Soundscapes”

Artist Keynote and Film Screening: The Invaders
Pre-show talk post-show Q&A Arish Khan and John B. Smith
Inspired by militant black leaders like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael, a new, radicalized generation of civil rights activists made up of young college students, Vietnam vets, musicians, and intellectuals emerged in Memphis in 1967. Prichard Smith uncovers the history and significance of the often- overlooked group, detailing their surprising behind- the-scenes involvement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the pivotal days leading up to his assassination.

Artist Presentation:
Darius Jones

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