Improvisation conference at Suoni Festival this weekend


On top of a month-long itinerary of amazing shows, Suoni Per Il Popolo is collaborating with The Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium at the University of Guelph and McGill University in Montreal to put together this weekend’s Improvisation Colloquium. I really really wish I could go, but I’m working both days. If you’ve got any free time this weekend, and even a passing interest in improvisation, I would definitely recommend checking out this event.

Don’t be put off by the word “colloquium”. The conference is open to the public and costs $20 a day, or FREE for students and the unwaged. Just show up to register!

Your day begins with coffee and croissants and ends with a Suoni performance at night. If you’ve got a bit more money your entrance fee can include delicious Sala Rossa lunch and dinner. In between meals you’ll have the chance to listen to 20 minute presentations on a variety of topics, including new media, cultural memory, electro-acoustic composition, and computer-mediated performance.

I’ve posted the schedule, including today’s presentations, so seriously, if you’re not doing anything (reading blogs counts as not doing anything) get over to the conference!

More info on the McGill-Suoni Improv Colloquium on Guelph University Improvisation website

> Follow Indyish’s coverage of the Suoni festival in the Suoni tag archive.

Saturday, June 21st

9:00 – 11:00 Plenary Session

* David Lametti and Tina Piper. “Music Improvising Law.”

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 1:15 Parallel sessions
A. Multi-Media:

* Jessica Mumford. “Improvisatory Practices within Mediated, Interactive Environments.”
* Thomas Ciufo. “Composer-Improviser: Merging Roles Through Computer-Mediated Performance.”
* Michael Bullock: “Noise to Signal: Consumer electronics and the rise of underground electro-acoustic genres.”
* Jefferson Pitcher. “Sounding Literature: Text, Improvisation and the Dilemma of Musical Illiteracy.”

B. Pedagogy:

* Anneli Arho. “Wowed by improvisation”?
* Mike Anklewicz: “The Jazz Solo as Text.”
* Hafez Modirzadeh. “Sacrificing Improvisation concepts for Converging Axes, Collapsing Pyramids and Compost Music.”

2:30 – 4:00: Plenary Session: Philosophy and/of Improvisation

* Tania Vladova. “About the description of improvisatory practices.”
* William Day. “Coming to Speak Jazz, or Wittgenstein in China.”
* Charity Chan. “Finding Freedom and forming the ‘In-Between’ in Contemporary Improvisation.”

4:15 – 5:15 Plenary Session: Media, Performance

* Kevin McNeilly. “The Film as Graphic Score: Stéphan Oliva and Pandora’s Box”
* Fréderique Arroyas: Improvised Practice and Cultural Memory: Musique actuelle’s words and music quilt.”

Sunday, June 22

9:00 – 11:00 Plenary Session

* Georgina Born. “On the Publicisation and Privatisation of Music.”
* Robert Labaree, ‘Music, Mouvance and the Norfolk Superior court.’

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 1:15: Parallel sessions
A. Transcription, Traces

* Barry Promane. “When Two Musical and Ideological Worlds Collide: Artisanship, Authenticity and Divergent Modes of Composition in ‘Barcelona’.”
* Hélène Laurin. “Text, Media and Improvisation: Improvisation, Community and Social Practice.”
* Ondrej Galuska. “Improvisation, Recording, and the Ontology of Works of Art.”

B. Global Scenes

* Peter Johnston: “From the inside looking out: Practice-based research and the study of improvisation.”
* Jane Galbraith : ‘The Necks : Improvised Music, Cultural Memory and Place’

2:30 – 4:00. Plenary session: Jazz

* Alan Stanbridge. “Singing the Body Electric: Music, Technology, Discourse”
* Miki Kaneda. “We Travel the Spaceways: Improvisation and Narration in the Music of Sun Ra.”
* Karl Coulthard. “Constructing Liveness in Duke Ellington’s Ellington at Newport 1956 (Complete.)”

4:15 – 5:15: Plenary Session: Media, Performance

* Michael Century “Improvisatory Interactivity in New Media Art”
* Linnet Fawcett. ‘Writing Affect down at the Rink: Challenging Traditional Representations of Improvising Bodies in Motion’
* Adam R. Tindale, Robin Davies. “i send data live”

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