The festival is super fun times, but it’s also an opportunity to think deeply and laterally about this weird music we love, and talk to like-minded people about how music and society are inexorably intertwined. The International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and Coastal Jazz present the eleventh colloquium on Improvisation, asking questions like: In a world marked by social and cultural exhaustion, what can the improvising arts and activism contribute to the realization of hopeful futures? How do theatrical, musical and artistic practices of improvisation offer new and alternative forms of creative knowledge?

This year, the Colloquium moves to the Western Front for both Saturday and Sunday.

The general format is panels and presentations of papers in the first half of the day, artist talks and demos in the afternoon. If you have always wanted to learn more, or to think about how to think about music, this is the free event for you! You can sample parts, or come for a whole day.

Western Front New Music Curator (and Dálava member) Aram Bajakian is stoked:

Some potential highlights include :

Saturday, 1pm – Artist talk by violinist Meredith Bates

Saturday, 2pm – Artist talk by saxophonist Mats Gustafsson

Sunday, 1pm – Artist talk/Keynote/Film Screening
The Invaders
Pre-show talk post-show Q&A Arish (King) Khan and John B. Smith

Sunday, 2pm – Artist Talk
Festival Artist-in-Residence Darius Jones

Full schedule for Saturday is available here.

Full schedule for Sunday is available here.