Past Festivals

From our research and records, copied from releases and publications:

February  8, 9, 10, 11 2012
Chapel Performance Space, Fourth floor of the Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle

SIMF 2012 Performers:

taku sugimoto – guitar – tokyo
jeph jerman – objects – arizona
jack wright – saxophone – pennsylvania
johan nystrom – percussion – pennsylvania
mathieu ruhlmann – objects – vancouver
jamie drouin – objects – berlin
lance olsen – electronics – victoria
doug theriault – electronics – portland
tim duroche – percussion – portland
matt carlson – synthesizer – portland
jason e anderson – modular synthesizer – seattle
jonathan way – field recordings – seattle
paul hoskin – reeds – seattle
gust burns – piano, inside piano – seattle
tyler wilcox – soprano saxophone – seattle
wilson shook – alto saxophone – seattle
mara sedlins – viola – seattle
mark collins – bass – seattle
john teske – bass – seattle
tari nelson zagar – violin – seattle
the seattle phonographers union

Presented by Seattle Improvised Music
Co-presented by Nonsequitur.
Made possible in part by support from the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Now in its 27th year, the SEATTLE IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held February 8, 9, 10, 11, 2012 at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford.
The longest running festival of its kind in North America, SIMF is an annual meeting place for improvisers at the forefront of Improvised Music in North America, and from around the world.
This year’s festival features visionary musicians visiting from Tokyo, Berlin, Arizona, BC, Philadelphia, Portland and of course Seattle.
The Seattle Improvised Music Festival is Seattle’s annual opportunity to witness international innovative experimental improvisation in music and sound by a host of practitioners representing a sampling of the world’s major players/ scenes/ movements.
The 2012 festival will feature visiting Improvisers performing in solo and duos, as well as first-time collaborations with Seattle Improvisers.

2011 SEATTLE IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL
February 9, 10, 11, 12, 2011

Now in its 26th year, the SEATTLE IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL will be held February 9, 10, 11, 12, 2011 at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford.

The longest running festival of its kind in North America, SIMF is an annual meeting place for improvisers at the forefront of Improvised Music in North America, and from around the world.

This year’s festival features visionary musicians visiting from Vienna, NYC, Boston, Vancouver, and of course Seattle.

The Seattle Improvised Music Festival is Seattle’s annual opportunity to witness international innovative experimental improvisation in music and sound by a host of practitioners representing a sampling of the world’s major players/ scenes/ movements.

SIMF 2011 Performers:
radu malfatti – trombone – vienna
james coleman – theremin – boston
lou cohen – laptop powered by Csound – boston
andrew lafkas – bass – nyc
gill arno – modified slide projectors – nyc
jeffrey allport – percussion – vancouver
paul hoskin – reeds – seattle
gust burns – piano, inside piano – seattle
tyler wilcox – soprano saxophone – seattle
wilson shook – alto saxophone – seattle
mara sedlins – viola – seattle
mark collins – bass – seattle
john teske – bass seattle
others…..

Presented by Seattle Improvised Music.
Co-presented by Nonsequitur.
Made possible in part by support from the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

The 25th Anniversary SEATTLE IMPROVISED MUSIC FESTIVAL
2010, February 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20

various locations, including the Sunset Tavern, Chapel Performance Space, Gallery 1412, and others

2010 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Seattle Improvised Music Festival (SIMF) with two consecutive weekends in February. SIMF is an annual meeting place for improvisers at the forefront of the music from around the world. This year, the festival will include performers from Germany, Argentina, Switzerland, NYC, New England, Chicago, Pennsylvania, Vancouver, Portland, and of course, Seattle.

Guided and organized by Gust Burns since 2001, the 2010 SIMF will also include special evenings curated by musicians/ former organizors Wally Shoup and Paul Hoskin. It is only fitting that Hoskin, the founder of the Festival, is back in Seattle to help organize the 25th anniversary Festival.

SIMF 2010 performers will include:

February 11, Skinner Auditorium 1245 10th Ave. E. (adjacent to Brightwater School and Gage Academy of Art, next to Saint Mark’s Cathedral)
February 12, Chapel Performance Space
February 13, Chapel Performance Space
February 14, Gallery 1412
all perfromances at 8 pm
SIMF director Gust Burns, with the help of Tyler Wilcox and Wilson Shook, curates a weekend of Improvised Music from multiple global perspectives.

BIRGIT ULHER – germany – trumpet – http://www.birgit-ulher.de/
LEONEL KAPLAN – argentina – trumpet – http://leonelkaplan.wordpress.com/
JACK WRIGHT – pennsylvania – saxophones – http://www.springgardenmusic.com/
PAUL NEIDHARDT – baltimore – percussion
MARK KAYLOR – portland – drums
TYLER WILCOX – seattle – soprano saxophone
JAIME FENNELLY – waldron island – electronics – http://www.sswilloughby.com/
WILSON SHOOK – seattle – alto saxophone – http://www.gallery1412.org/wilsonshook.html
ROBERT PEDERSEN – vancouver – electronics
RACHAEL WADHAM – vancouver – prepared zither
PAUL HOSKIN – seattle – reeds
FRED LONBERG-HOLM – chicago – cello – http://www.myspace.com/fredlonbergholm

February 18, Sunset Tavern, 9pm
Longtime Seattle Innovator Wally Shoup curates a night of hard-edged improvised music.

C SPENCER YEH – cincinnati – voice, violin, electronics, other -http://www.myspace.com/cspenceryeh
CHRIS CORSANO – new england – drums – http://www.myspace.com/chriscorsano
BILL HORIST – seattle – guitar – http://www.myspace.com/billhorist
WALLY SHOUP – seattle – alto saxophone – http://www.speakeasy.org/~wallyshp/wshoup/

February 19, Chapel Performance Space, 8pm

MICHAEL JOHNSEN – pennsylvania – electronic devices of his construction

February 20, Chapel Performance Space, 7pm

Curator Paul Hoskin purposefully presents an evening of music where the artists share aural memories of improvisation. Yet, the immediacy of improvisation is the constant, if not the given.

FRED CHALENOR – portland – bass – http://www.myspace.com/fredchalenor
JEFFREY McGRATH – seattle – trumpet
GREG POWERS – seattle – trombone – http://www.myspace.com/dhurpadtrombone
CHRIS COCHRANE – brooklyn – guitar – http://www.myspace.com/chriscochrane
EVAN GALLAGHER – new york city – piano, keyboards
JEPH JERMAN – cottonwood, az – percussion – http://www.jerman.littleenjoyer.com/

The Seattle Improvised Music Festival is produced by Seattle Improvised Music in cooperation with Nonsequitur.

Made possible in part by support from 4 Culture, the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Goethe Institut San Francisco.

For more information, contact Gust Burns, the Festival Director.

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