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News Release

August 27, 2003

U of G to host jazz colloquium

The University of Guelph is hosting a free jazz colloquium Sept. 3 to 5 at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre to coincide with the 10th annual Guelph Jazz Festival.

"Activating Jazz: Human Rights, Resistant Sounds and the Politics of Music Making" will feature panel discussions, performances and films that make links between music and social change. More than 20 speakers will address topics ranging from "Is Opera a Black Art?" to "The Shape of Jazz to Come." Speakers include U of G music professor Ellen Waterman and other academics from across Canada and the United States.

A three-time recipient of the Lieutenant-Governor's Award for the Arts, the Guelph Jazz Festival is dedicated to promoting and celebrating world-class jazz and creative improvised music in a festive community atmosphere.

The colloquium is sponsored by the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, the Centre for Cultural Studies, the College of Arts, the School of Fine Art and Music, the School of English and Theatre Studies, the office of the associate vice-president (student affairs) and the Human Rights and Equity Office.

"The jazz colloquium is a rare event in which practice and theory, the academy and the community meet to discuss things that matter not only to specialists, but to society at large," said drama professor Ric Knowles.

Program Highlights:

Sept. 3
9:15 to 10:30 a.m. Panel: "Jazz, Civil Rights and Freedom Struggles: Liminal Moments
10:45 a.m. to noon Panel: "Improvisation, Community, Memory and Activism"
1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Panel: "Space, Place and Identity"

Sept. 4
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Workshop: "Staging Difference: Quebecite: A Jazz Opera."
1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Keynote speaker: Paul Miller, Switzerland, "Freeze Frame."
3 to 4 p.m. Performance: choreographed by Julie Lebel and featuring Scott Thomson.
5 p.m. Performance: Myra Melford and Tanya Kalmanovitch.

Sept. 5
9 to 10:15 a.m. Panel: "Alternative Globalizations: World Conflict/World Cultures/World Justice."
10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Plenary Panel: "Jazz, Opera and Race."
12 to 1 p.m. Performance: "Raw Materials," Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Manthanthappa.
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Workshop: "Activating Jazz: Sounding Off Against Injustice."
3 to 4 p.m. Performance and Film: "Yesterday Is Now," Even Parker, Sarah Peebles and Nilan Perera.

For more information about the colloquium or the festival, visit or call (519) 763-4952.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 53338, or Rachelle Cooper, (519) 824-4120, Ext. 56982.

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