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May 11, 2016

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The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community, and Musagetes present Crepuscule 2016, an improvised collaboration event led by 2015-16 improviser-in-residence, Douglas R. Ewart. The event takes place in the Arboretum at the University of Guelph on Saturday, May 14, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Crepuscule events include a broad combination of community groups and artists organized as “pods.” They usually take place near a body of water, trees, or botanical gardens to draw energy from the setting itself.

“Crepuscule brings together diverse people and communities from all walks of life in a massive and organized improvisation,” says Ewart, director of Community Orchestra Inventions.

The event provides an opportunity for people to perform many kinds of creative art forms and disciplines – allowing artists, musicians, and people of all ages and abilities to connect through artistic creation. Community members can engage, observe and create with artists from a variety of different backgrounds and expressive practices including music, dancing, visual arts, martial arts, storytelling, poetry and puppetry.

Ewart performed in the 2015 Guelph Jazz Festival and Colloquium and remained in residence in Guelph and Waterloo through the fall conducting master classes and instrument-building workshops with artists and groups.

He is former chair of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). A versatile composer, improviser, sculptor and maker of masks and instruments, educator, lecturer, and visionary, Ewart has led projects in diverse media throughout his award-winning 40-year career. He has woven his broad gifts into a single sensibility that encourages and celebrates the wholeness of individuals in culturally active communities.

The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation is a partnered research institute comprised of 56 scholars from 20 different institutions, hosted at the University of Guelph (with project sites at McGill University, Memorial University, University of Regina, University of British Columbia, and University of California – Santa Barbara). The institute’s mandate is to create positive social change through the confluence of improvisational arts, innovative scholarship, and collaborative action.

Musagetes is an international organization that makes the arts more central and meaningful in people's lives, communities, and societies. Musagetes programming takes place in Guelph, Lecce (Italy), and Rijeka (Croatia), as well as through the online platform,

The Laurier Centre for Music in the Community (LcMc) brings together interdisciplinary researchers from Laurier and other institutions to study the sociological, philosophical and educational aspects of community music, and how it is defined and expressed. LcMc was formed with a mission to connect the university community to the wider Waterloo Region through musical activities, community research, collaboration, and its Master of Arts in Community Music degree program.

For more information, contact Justine Richardson, Project Manager, International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, 519.824.4120 x53885, or


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