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34th Seattle Improvised Music Festival

SUNDAY UPDATE: The Couth Buzzard show is cancelled, but Racer Sessions is ON at 8 PM! Holland Andrews did not make it from Portland, but this is your last chance to hear the truly remarkable vibraphonist Andria Nicodemou (from Cyprus via Boston), and join in the open improv session following her set. After that, hang out with us and party!

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The 34th annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival takes place February 6 – 10, 2019 at five venues around town. All shows are $5 – $20 suggested donation at the door (no advance tickets, cash/checks only) and are open to all ages. See the full festival schedule for show times, venues, and artist line-up for each event.

Festival organizers Haley Freedlund, Chris Icasiano, and Steve Peters have invited a handful of esteemed visiting artists – clarinetist/vocalist Holland Andrews (Portland), electronic musician CK Barlow (Baltimore), vibraphonist Andria Nicodemou (Cyprus/Boston), vocalist/dancer Odeya Nini (Los Angeles), saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi (Los Angeles) – to perform featured solo sets and in curated groupings along with twelve locals representing several generations and a wide range of musical activity.

Other festival highlights include a rare appearance by Banned Rehearsal, a Seattle improvising collective that has been playing privately for 35 years; an afternoon dance/music show curated by renowned choreographer Stephanie Skura; a tribute to recently deceased SIMF founder Paul Hoskin featuring 20+ veteran Seattle improvisers; and community improvisation sessions open to musicians at all levels of experience at Couth Buzzard Books and the Racer Sessions at Cafe Racer.

Presented by Nonsequitur, with generous assistance from the Raynier Institute & Foundation.