Improvisation & Encounter: Festivals
Moderated by Ajay Heble, and presented in association with Edgefest, the focus of the first panel is FESTIVALS, and brings together three leaders in the curatorial field. Vocalist Deanna Relyea was the founder of Kerrytown Concert House and is the current Artistic Director of Edgefest, Michigan’s long running avant-jazz festival. Dancer, poet and organizer of movement, music and causes Patricia Nicholson Parker has developed her work within the aesthetic of free jazz. Nicholson founded Arts For Art and the Vision Festival to promote and advocate for free jazz. Rainbow Robert is a relentless proponent of strange, beautiful, heavy music. She has been deeply involved with the jazz community in Canada for the past two decades through her work with Coastal Jazz, and as producer of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, where she currently serves in the role of Managing Artistic Director.
Scholar-in-Residence Ajay Heble is Director of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and Professor of English in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. He is the author or editor of several books, and a founding co-editor of the journal Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation (www.criticalimprov.com ). He was the Project Director for Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice, a large-scale Major Collaborative Research Initiative, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. As the Founder and Artistic Director of the Guelph Jazz Festival, Heble has jolted the citizens of Guelph into an appreciation of improvised and avant-garde music and delighted aficionados from around the world with his innovative and daring programming.
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