International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation Colloquium

Jun 26, 2021



In collaboration with the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) at the University of British Columbia, and Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, Western Front co-presented the thirteenth annual IICSI colloquium as a free online event.

Featuring presentations by Kevin McNeilly, Fay Victor, and Darius Jones, the colloquium offered listeners a chance to hear from musicians describing their creative practices. Presentations were guided by the following questions: How does an artist approach their improvisations as a soloist? What are the different sonic environments that an artist listens for when alone, or on stage with other musicians? How can musicians use the pulpit and sanctity of the stage, and its relationship with audiences, to powerfully speak out against injustice?


Kevin McNeilly, 1:30 p.m. 
Fay Victor, 3:00 p.m.
Darius Jones, 4:30 p.m.

Presented with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.