Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Jazz Improvisors Raid The Bookshelf!

I'm Dawn Matheson, proud member of The Bookshelf's extended family--as a customer, former bookseller, event organizer, Off The Shelf writer, and general bookstore flirt. Now I get to contribute some video to The Bookshelf's cyber-home, starting with this footage of multiple Juno-award winner Jane Bunnett blowing her horn and flitting her flute between the bookshelves. 

In 2011, Bunnett was the inaugural Improviser in Residence with the Improvisation, Community and Social Practice project at the University of Guelph under the direction of Dr. Ajay Heble. Her residency was supported by Guelph's Musagetes Foundation. It was my job to follow her around and document some of her collaborations and interventions with the Guelph community. I ended up making six videos, plus pasting together this Bookshelf footage. Some of the other videos can be found at the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice website, and on a DVD in a gorgeous publication put out by ICASP and Musagetes entitled "Things That You Hope a Human Being Will Be." 

Nicholas Loess shot around 20 minutes of Bunnett and fellow musicians making a ruckus at the bookstore amongst unsuspecting book browsers. I edited that footage into five minutes of tape in the attached video. Enjoy!

- Dawn Matheson

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