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35th Seattle Improvised Music Festival IS ON!

Originally scheduled for March 2020, the 35th annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival rises from the ashes of COVID-19 in the form of a streaming video festival. Two video programs will be presented, on September 27 at 5 PM, and October 4 at 7 PM (Pacific Time).

SIMF curators Haley Freedlund, Chris Icasiano, and Steve Peters  have invited four esteemed visiting artists – clarinetist Ben Goldberg (Berkeley), New York saxophonists Joe McPhee and Sam Newsome, pianist Dana Reason (Corvallis) – to perform featured solo sets, and a small but mighty sampling of Seattle artists representing several generations and a wide range of musical activity.

The first night is presented as part of Baltimore’s venerable High Zero Festival (Sept. 24 – 27), with each program co-curated by a presenter in a different city: Elastic Arts (Chicago, 9/24), High Mayhem (Santa Fe, 9/25), High Zero (Baltimore, 9/26), and SIMF (9/27). We are thrilled to have been invited to participate in this innovative response to current conditions and to be associated with these respected organizations and artists, and we urge you to check out the other nights. Additionally, SIMF will present a separate video program a week later (Oct. 4). See the full festival schedule for streaming links and artist line-up for each event.

Presented by Nonsequitur, with generous assistance from 4Culture and the Raynier Institute & Foundation. We are especially grateful to the Royal Room for providing a venue in which to record our video programs.

Wayward in Limbo Podcasts

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve been considering how we can most directly assist the artists who inhabit our particular niche of the Seattle music community.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series now moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is curating and commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of exclusive material. Many of these will be essentially “live” performances recorded at home for this occasion. Others may create a mix of pre-recorded material that has not been previously released elsewhere.

These tracks are available to stream at no charge on the Wayward website and SoundCloud, and will be promoted like our concerts via our weekly e-newsletter, our Facebook group, and our Twitter feed. The artists retain all rights to their recordings. We strongly encourage you to visit their web sites and purchase their recordings or contribute to their personal crowdfunding campaigns.

This series will continue for as long as we are unable to use the Chapel for performances.

34th Seattle Improvised Music Festival

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.