2010 Festival/Conference

Improvisation and Cross-Cultural Creativity: Fostering Connections Through Spontaneous Musical Art   
December 2-5, 2010
The University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

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The International Society for Improvised Music—in collaboration with, and with support from, the University of Michigan National Center for Institutional Diversity, African Studies Center, Center for Korean Studies, Confucius Institute, Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and School of Music, Theatre, and Dance—is happy to announce ISIM’s fifth annual festival/conference.

Keynote artists and performers: 
Mei Han (China), Wonil (Korea), Song Jung Min (Korea), Pak Bom Tae (Korea), Douglas Ewart (USA), Zim Ngqawana (South Africa), with University of Michigan Jazz Faculty.

Few fields exemplify the dissolution of boundaries between cultures, and the capacity of improvisation to serve as a connecting thread, as much as music.  This principle has been evident in jazz since its inception, and has become increasingly prominent in the trans-stylistic synthesis that defines the contemporary musical landscape. From Korean sanjo, South African marabi, and Chinese nanyin, to Brazilian maracatu, Appalachian bluegrass, and UK heavy metal, improvisation serves as a both core means of expression and evolution within genres, and robust cross-idiomatic syncretic agent. The upcoming festival/conference will bring together musicians and scholars from wide-ranging traditions across the globe for performances, papers, and workshops related to the central role of improvisation in musical practice.

ISIM Board of Directors
Ed Sarath, Founder and President
Karlton Hester, Vice President
India Cooke, Secretary
Stephen Nachmanovitch, Treasurer
William Johnson
Jin Hi Kim
LaDonna Smith


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