Improvising Forward: Persevere, Repair, Sustain

**Due to unforeseen circumstances Day 2 of the colloquium will be postponed. Please check the Western Front/Coastal Jazz/IICSI websites in the coming weeks for a new date**

With the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at the University of British Columbia, and in collaboration with Coastal Jazz & Blues Society, Western Front is pleased to co-present their annual colloquium as a free online event.

We respectfully acknowledge that recent weeks have witnessed changes and upheavals in people’s lives, as we face the impacts of a global pandemic and of a widespread crisis in social and racial justice. As we begin to learn how to confront our shared distances and to discover hopeful ways of coming together, the improvising arts, particularly music, may offer some opportunities to confront, to explore, and to understand some of these vital changes.

This online colloquium offers musicians and artists an opportunity to engage with these issues in their own creative practices. How does music help us potentially to persevere in the face of crisis? In what ways does improvisation offer sustained hope or sustaining vitality? Does music of the moment, in the present tense, address the possibility of reparation, or of repairing our challenging relationships with each other and with the world? How might the improvising arts encourage communities to move forward?

Over the course of two days we will livestream a series of online presentations by Anna Webber and Angela Morris, Gerald Cleaver, Elisa Thorn and Robyn Jacob, Darius Jones, and Fay Victor. Audiences around the world are warmly invited to watch the talks, and to participate in online discussion with each of the presenters via Coastal Jazz’s YouTube channel.

Further information about each artist can be found via links to their websites below.

Schedule of Presentations 

Saturday, June 20

1:30-2:30 Anna Webber & Angela Morris
3:00-4:00 Gerald Cleaver

Sunday, June 21 (Postponed)

12:00-1:00 Elisa Thorn & Robyn Jacob (The Giving Shapes)
1:30-2:30 Darius Jones
3:00-4:00 Fay Victor

Please note, all times are PDT.

Western Front acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada, British Columbia Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, City of Vancouver and SOCAN Foundation.