[JPL] ISIM, improvised music conference in Denver, December 5, 6 , 7

Arturo Gomez arturo at kuvo.org
Mon Sep 29 18:24:47 EDT 2008

Founded by Ed Sarath, Professor of Music and Chair, Department of Jazz and
Contemporary Improvisation Studies, The University of Michigan, the 3rd
annual International Society for Improvised Music conference takes place
here in December. jazz89KUVO is a media sponsor and will be present.

For early December Denver daytime average high is in the upper 40s to lower
50s with 60 degrees days always a possibility. Minimum rain chances and as
throughout the year Denver is sunny and clear. Yes Virginia it's possible
for a bit of snow to fall but the odds are none will. February is the
coldest month of the year along the Front Range.   Arturo


ISIM   International Society for Improvised Music
 ... promotes performance, education, and research in improvised music, and
illuminates connections between musical improvisation and creativity across

International Society for Improvised Music
Third Annual Conference
Hosted by Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, Colorado USA
with support from Creative Music Works and The Playground
December 5-7, 2008

Improvisation and Identity: Discovering Self and Community in a
Trans-Cultural Age

Keynote Address – Roscoe Mitchell
Featured Performers and Speakers – Joëlle Léandre and India Cooke

When Charlie Parker stated that “if you don’t live it, it won’t come out of
your horn,” he conveyed, in his inimitable way, the capacity of
improvisation to serve as a vehicle for integrating the totality of
influences that shape personal and social identity. From class, culture,
economics, and ecology to gender, race, sexuality, and spirituality;
improvising musicians spontaneously meld these and other aspects of their
being in expressions that serve as both profound personal and collective
commentaries. In an era in which unprecedented levels of superficiality,
alienation, and violence often overshadow a growing interest in creative and
transpersonal development, and where an ever escalating morass of data
threatens to engulf a genuine cross-fertilization between disciplines and
cultures; the importance of a creative vehicle for accessing and expressing
one’s inner and outer worlds has never been greater.

Improvisation not only excels in this regard, it also—through the very
moment-to-moment decision making sequences that require individuals to
penetrate beyond ordinary patterns of behavior —may exemplify the
dissolution of provincial and nationalistic tendencies that divide
communities and countries in our politically fragile world. Improvisation,
in fact, may be the ultimate lens through which the quest for self and
community is revealed to be as much a collective as a personal endeavor.

The International Society for Improvised Music presents performances,
workshops, and papers based on this theme for its third international

Conference Registration Fee $100      $30 students/seniors

VIP Reception (optional) Saturday December 6, 5:00PM-6:00PM $50

Conference Schedule
Friday December 5 9:00AM-10:00PM
Saturday December 6 9:00AM-10:00PM
Sunday December 7 9:00AM-5:00PM
Full Presentation Schedule to be posted

Conference Travel Information
Download Conference Travel Information Form Here
Conference Rates Available for Hotel booked by November 4, 2008

For more information, contact:
Sarah Weaver, Conference Director
sarah at isimprov.org

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