Dr. Jill Siddal

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Affiliation: OCAD
Presentation: Interest Session, Participatory Workshop
Title: AUMI Sings: Using adaptive technology to facilitate inclusive participation across all abilities in a choral setting
Abstract: AUMI Sings provides choral music-making opportunities for individuals of all physical and cognitive abilities. This participatory workshop will provide a brief history of the AUMI interface, the research goals and methodology of the AUMI Sings research project, and invite participants to improvise together in a choral setting using AUMI.
Biography: Gillian Siddall is Vice-President, Academic and Provost at OCAD University. Her research area is Canadian literature, with a focus on musical improvisation, both within and outside literary contexts. Publications include “A Musical Interface for People with Severe Physical Disabilities (co-authored with Pauline Oliveros, Leaf Miller, Jaclyn Heyen, and Sergio Hazard). Music and Medicine (2011); "'I want to live in that music’: Blues, Bessie Smith and Improvised Identities in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees." Critical Studies in Improvisation (2005); and "Nice Work if You Can Get It: Women in Jazz" (co-authored with Ajay Heble), Landing on the Wrong Note: Jazz, Dissonance and Critical Practice (Routledge 2000). Her latest book, co-edited with Dr. Ellen Waterman and published in 2016 by Duke University Press, is entitled Negotiated Moments: Improvisation, Sound, and Subjectivity. Gillian is also a jazz vocalist, choral singer, and co-founder of the Guelph Jazz Festival.