Susanna Hood Trio and Sarah Belle Reid headline IICSI’s first show in new ImprovLab

GUELPH – The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) is bringing in the Susanna Hood Trio and Sarah Belle Reid for an inspiring evening of music, movement and a panel discussion on April 17 at 7:30pm.

The event will be held at the ImprovLab, a state-of-the-art facility on the University of Guelph campus. Tickets are $15 or pay what you can and available on IICSI’s Eventbrite page.

Bandleader and vocalist-dancer Hood is accompanied by Tania Gill on piano and Kaya Milmine on saxophone, and along with poet Judith Malina will perform their interpretation of Steve Lacy’s 1995 Packet Suite.

“These audacious new arrangements blur the lines between what is heard and what is seen,” organizers state in press release. 

“Heart-felt, yet unsentimental, these eight songs hold no punches as they bring voice to a woman’s later life, grappling with imperfection, sexism, paradox, grit, beauty, regret, invisibility, death, and love.”

 Sarah Belle Reid is known for her improvisations and compositions, where musical notation is often “experimental and graphical,” organizers state.

The double bill will be preceded by a panel discussion in which the artists will contextualize the work they will be presenting, and share insights about the role that improvisation plays in what they do.

The event also marks the first show in the IICSI’s new Live @ImprovLab concert series that will showcase touring artists working in a variety of improvisatory idioms.