35th Seattle Improvised Music Festival CANCELLED!

We are very disappointed to report that due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to postpone this year’s Seattle Improvised Music Festival. We hope to make it happen in September, so stay tuned for more info as things solidify. Thank you.


The 35th annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival takes place March 11 – 15, 2020. 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 four esteemed visiting artists – clarinetist Ben Goldberg (Bay Area), New York saxophonists Joe McPhee and Sam Newsome, pianist Dana Reason (Corvallis, OR) – to perform featured solo sets and in curated groupings along with a healthy sampling of local artists representing several generations and a wide range of musical activity. This year’s festival is organized with the explicit intention of bridging these generations.

Other festival highlights include a panel discussion led by Dana Reason; a participatory drone session led by saxophonist Bryan Lineberry, an afternoon dance/music show curated by choreographer Lorraine Lau; and a community improvisation session open to musicians at all levels of experience at the Racer Sessions at Cafe Racer.

Presented by Nonsequitur, with generous assistance from 4Culture and the Raynier Institute & Foundation.