Do you remember those hot humid days of summer that threatened to explode into thunderous storms and torrential rain? Listening to this week’s episode of Sound It Out will bring you back into those days, with field recordings, performances, and impromptu conversations taking place at the Electric Eclectics festival in Meaford, Ontario at the end of July, 2016. Hear Faun Fables, Lary 7, Maria Chavez, and Jennifer Castle along with other intriguing improvisatory scenarios! The multi-sensorial encounters occasioned by this three day festival extended the improvisational happenings onstage out into the wild landscape around it, fostering extraneous joy and jest in every resounding sentient present. This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM on Tuesday October 11, 2016 at 5pm EST.
Imagine wandering around an arboretum and running into pods of musicians, dancers, puppets, and percussive farming equipment amid hundreds of other wandering folk. This is what took place on May 18th, 2016 in the Guelph Arboretum, the culminating event of Douglas R. Ewart’s term as Improviser-in-Residence. Crepuscule brings together diverse communities in a playful, multidimensional improvisation with the natural world with a focus on fostering love acceptance of self and other. This episode is a collage of field recordings peppered with interviews and reflections on the musical events and social collisions that took place on the unseasonably cold day in May 2016. Featuring Environmental Percussion with Richard Burrows, Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak/ Good Hearted Women Singers, Puppets Elora etc.
This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph’s community radio station, on August 16, 2016.
The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation has a number of graduate student researchers working with them at the University of Guelph. In this episode you will meet them! There are seven 3-minute speeches by IICSI researchers detailing their interest in improvisation and how they do their research contained in today’s program. One of these speakers is the host of this show, me! You will hear me speak about my motivation and approach to making this show, and why sometimes I under-explain what the show is about. Please add comments below or on our Soundcloud page (https://soundcloud.com/improvisationinstitute) so that I can get a sense of what you think is working and what you think should be improved! In addition to my ramblings you will hear about Toronto improvised music history, avoiding hierarchies through dialogic pedagogy, the improvised archive, the cinema of improvisation, and the ethics of interspecies engagement. This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM (cfru.ca) in Guelph, Ontario on July 4, 2016. Send me a tweet @Cs_walk_with_me
If improvising is sometimes understood as a form of dialogue, what are we to say about solo improvising? Perhaps it should be understood as a dialogue with oneself, or between performer and audience, or performer and their own instrument, or even the performer’s own sonic memories, of trucks, birds, voices. Maybe it has another sort of meaning all together, a sensory-motor, embodied sort of meaning. Maybe it has no meaning at all, in which case we might wonder how it got so lucky, so pure, so empty in this world of over-signification. This past weekend I attended the Somewhere There creative music festival in Toronto at the Tranzac. On this episode you will hear a roundtable discussion moderated by Joe Sorbara featuring the thoughts and sounds of: Peter Luteck, Germaine Liu, Paul Newman, Kyle Brenders, Ken Aldcroft, and Nicole Rampersaud. This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM on March 8th, 2016.
Poet and Spoken Word artist Jack Daniel reflects on what it means to bring fragmentation and disjuncture into the improvisational situation. How can words interrupt and provoke our habitual ways of being expressive together? Do they help us say what is unsayable, to acknowledge the underbelly of human existence? This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM on January 16th, 2015.
This episode showcases the performance of composer Dan Blake’s new work, Without Walls at Ibeam in Gowanus Brooklyn. In addition to hearing the performance that features musicians Christina Van Alstine, Erin Wight, Yegor Shevtsov, and Kevin Sims, you’ll hear Dan Blake reflect on his relationship to improvising and composing respectively, storytelling and character, and finding inspiration in the Heart Sutra. I speculate on the Freudian meaning of a certain infantile ball game (da-fort). This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM in Guelph Ontario on December 18th, 2014.
Sound artist and site-specific performer Jen Reimer meditates on her fascination with resonant spaces, explaining how eking out a space to practice the french horn instigated her creative process, and eventually a generative collaboration with sound experimenter Max Stein. Hear recordings of their performances in a former cistern in Mãe d´Agua, Lisboa and an old chimney at Skagaströnd, Iceland. This episode also contains a reading from Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space. Originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM on Dec.4, 2014.
Drift through an hour of life with this diffuse and meditative episode, which originally aired on November 20th at 3pm. Hear the latest updates from the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, Marcel Swiboda of School of Fine Art, History of Art, and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, UK talk about “Sun Ra’s Philosophical ‘Spiritual Exercises’ and the Improvisational ‘Permutation’ of the Present”, and the poem Glory, Glory by Canadians Al Neil and Kenneth Patchen.
Originally airing at 3pm on CFRU 93.3FM on October 23, 2014, this episode considers the relationship between improvisation and composition. I speak with Nick Storring about his tactile composition process on his new album Gardens, musicologist Chris Stover on the value and limits of scores as well as his understanding of Beat Span, and Guleph improviser Ben Grossman reflects on his preference for music that disappears. Hear part of his album Macrophone: Aleatoric Solo Duets for Electro-Acoustic Hurdy Gurdy, as well as Fred Ho’s Sweet Science Suite and Rotary Connection’s Magical World.
This episode originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM on October 9th at 3pm. In it: Sean Michaels on Tanya Tegaq, Pamela Dwyer of the Cagibi and Mozart’s Sister on gender in the music industry, James Hale on jazz and John Stetch, Neelamjit Dhillon on his project Komagata Maru, Jeff Bird and Jeff Cairns on musical instruments as the storehouses of traditional music, and much much more.
This hour welcomes Dong-Won Kim to Guelph as Improviser-In-Residence. We learn of Dong-Won’s relationship with Korean traditional music, to loneliness and improvising, inspiration and digestion. Hear him playing with Jesse Stewart, Jeff Bird, and Jeff Cairns, and in conversation with Daniel Fischlin, as well as Danica Evering, and Alissa Firth-Eagland of CFRU’s The Secret Ingredient.
This special hour travels through the Sound Symposium in St. John’s Newfoundland with the members of the Summer Institute of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation. The theme for this episode is overcoming aversion to discomfort through group improvising. The Summer Institute brought together scholars and practitioners of all descriptions, not everyone skilled in every variety of improvisation. We pushed our boundaries and came face to face with the normative limits of much performance styles. Hear George Blake and I interviewing the founder of the Symposium, Kathy Clark-Wherry, as well as Memorial University Archivist, Colleen Quigley, who likes to recollect this bi-annual event through the visual imagery of the event posters. The Harbour Symphony and local opinions on it. Anders Eskildsen on Sound Painting, Chris Tonelli and Un-piched Singing, and Jason Cullimore speaking about the evolutionary origins of music as a way of group bonding, articulating why we feel more able to take expressive risks in groups than on our own: these are all patches in this episode’s quilt! This originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM on August 18, 2014.
If you didn’t get enough of Cardew and the gang in the previous episode, don’t worry, there’s more of Illa Carrillo Rodríguez, Gascia Ouzounian, Paragraph 7 (this time lead by Ouzounian and sung by a mob of innocent strangers). Hear an excerpt from Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus, and the always remarkable Marcel Swiboda, “Thinking and Acting Collectively Along the Lines of Cornelius Cardew”. This originally aired on CFRU on Monday August 4, 2014.
This is smorgasbord where Sound It Out searches around for its form and identity by taking up everything around it, including The Guelph Dance Festival, McGill Conductor Eleanor Stubley, Montreal’s own Katherine Peacock and Blind Love/White Light, a bit of reading from Hegel’s Aesthetics, and a talk by Michael MacDonald called the Decentralized Dance Party Manifesto: ‘Boomboxes, Anarchy, and the Commons.’” This hour originally aired on CFRU 93.3FM, on July 3rd, 2014.