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POWER PLAY: IMPROVISATION AND SPORT—CREATIVE MUSIC THINK TANK SYMPOSIUM
(Published: February 06, 2009)

Many improvising musicians who are fans of a variety of sports, including hockey and basketball, have identified parallels and synergies between athletic pursuit and contemporary creative music, such as the discourse of rules, set formations and plays, along with an improvisational or "thinking on your feet" approach to playing games. Miles Davis, for example, was an avid boxer and swimmer, and the poet Quincy Troupe has examined the connections between basketball and the drumming of Roy Haynes. John Zorn uses sport-based systems in his game compositions such as Lacrosse or Archery.

The symposium Power Play: Improvisation and Sport — presented by Coastal Jazz in conjunction with the Time Flies Improvised Music Festival — will provide artists, academics, athletes and fans an unprecedented opportunity to investigate ways in which both athletes and performers utilize improvisation when they "play." The symposium will consider many aspects of the cross-over between sport and musical pursuits: the identification of national cultural signifiers intrinsic to sport and music; the exploration of
how signifiers are manifest in national protocols of training, teamwork, sportsmanship, rivalry, and cultural aesthetics; the place of the body and human kinetics in improvised performances; improvisation, dance and theatre sports; music in sport—improvising
along with the crowds; game-theory and improvisation; improvisation and power — sport as discourse; sport as cultural or social pedagogy; improvisation, sports, and the law; bioethics and improvisation; and the gender politics of play. Keynote speakers will include Dr. Paul Steinbeck and improvising musician Dr. Christian Munthe.

February 6-7 | 10 AM-5 PM
Irving K Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall, UBC

ICE HOCKEY: CANADA VS SWEDEN
(AN EXHIBITION GAME)


Canada and Sweden share a mutual longstanding passion for improvised music and hockey. Not surprisingly, each country has produced some of the most gifted artists/athletes in both respective pursuits. Yet it's unusual to witness the intriguing link between sport and musical expression, particularly in the way both athletes and musicians use improvisation when they perform. This provocative international collaboration heightens perspective on the fascinating connection between the two.

For Ice Hockey: Canada vs. Sweden, Coastal Jazz has commissioned internationally acclaimed composer/clarinetist/improviser François Houle (Vancouver/Canada) and composer/saxophonist/improviser Mats Gustafsson (Sweden) to compose pieces based on the systems and culture of ice hockey for fourteen musicians (6 per team plus two
referees). The compositions will be realized in a workshop setting for 5 days in February culminating in a full-scale performance (exhibition game) at The Ironworks. The world
premiere performance (championship game) will take place at the TD Canada Trust Vancouver International Jazz Festival in June 2009.

Thursday, February 12 | 8 PM
The Ironworks
235 Alexander Street

TICKETS available at: All Ticketmaster outlets, Highlife Records (1317 Commercial Drive) and the CJBS office. CJBS box office hours: Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Jazz Hotline 604.872.5200 / 1.888.438.5200 Ticketmaster 604.280.4444 Purchase online: ticketmaster.ca or coastaljazz.ca *Jazz Friends tickets available through CJBS box office only. Reduced service charges for Jazz Friends.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
John Orysik T ... 604.872.5200 ext 27 F ... 604.872.5250
Media Director E ... john@coastaljazz.ca W... coastaljazz.ca

More Information: http://www.coastaljazz.ca

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Coastal Jazz
john@coastaljazz.ca


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