, the international
of free improvisation, was
founded in 1980 as a networking and philosophical
sharing medium for the Improvisors Network I.N. (NYC).
Initially begun as a newsletter of I.N.
The Improvisor documented the earliest free improvisation experiments and practices in
America. The Improvisor
published eleven hard copy editions throughout the 1980ís & 1990ís, and
for the last fifteen years published the internet edition,
promoting the art of free
improvisation today. To
recognise the 30 year anniversary of The Improvisor, a
festival celebration occured in the month of August
commemorate its contribution
to the growth and development of improvisation as a viable and now nearly
mainstream art form.
Throughout the month of August 2010, festival concerts
prevailed throughout the Southeast, with satellite concerts across the USA.
The Improvisor's Network (I.N.) founded in 1979 in New York
City, was comprised of artists and musicians interested
in the practice and development of free improvisation as a fundamental
musical medium, and sought to network
improvisors, who were
practicing across the U.S.A., forming alliances and exchanges among the
artists, bringing this new music into many communities, forging
& community efforts in the development
of free improvisation as a vital art form, sustained by collective activity,
the personal practice, and the inquiring ears of its audience.
hosted its opening concert
in New York City at the Stone
, on August 1st, reuniting pioneer founders of I.N. and veterans of the A.M.I.C.A.
Bunker scene in NYC. Simultaneously, the scene in Jackson, Mississippi
reunited it's pioneer improv ensemble, Ars Super Nova. From
there the festival commenced in Birmingham, Alabama, the home of The Improvisor, where
the month long
festival will be took place, and other satellite concerts throughout
the region took place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Athens and Atlanta Georgia,
and Huntsville and Moundville, Alabama. A remote concert was held in
The festival in Birmingham featured concerts & workshops, in performance
art, film, dance, spoken word and spontaneous improvisational activities, as
well as workshops for children throughout the city, at high
profile civic venues
such as WORKPLAY, The Pepper Place
venues, the Farmers Market,
& Children's Dance Foundation.
performances were planned,
celebrating The Improvisor throughout the Southeastern Regional network
and across the country
from New York
Published from Birmingham, Alabama,
the journal served as the forum for sharing ideas
and philosophies, for creating a network for practicing musicians to tour,
and create an awareness of the art of free improvisation in communities
across the United States. From its beginnings as a 4 page newsletter, it
expanded to a published journal with an international audience. This year
marks the 30 year anniversary of The Improvisor.
We invite you to actively celebrate
the spirit of improvisation.
Lee Shook, associate festival director