International conference at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, on 10th-13th September 2012

Improvisation is arguably the most widely distributed form of musical practice – and yet remains the least studied or understood. Indeed, even the boundaries of what is or is not regarded as improvisation remain unclear. This conference will address the many faces of improvisation from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives – historical, psychological, ethnomusicological, analytical, technological, sociological, organological, and pedagogical. Over the course of four days, the conference will include papers, practical sessions, panel discussions, poster presentations and musical performances.

A call for papers has been issued: see The closing date for submissions is Monday 9th January 2012.

The conference is part of the research programme of the AHRC-funded Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) and is being organised by Professor Eric Clarke, Dr Mark Doffman, and Dr David Maw.