The 10th Anniversary ISIM Festival/Conference
in collaboration with Jeonju International Sori Festival, South Korea
September 27-October 2, 2016

The International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) is happy to announce that its 10th Anniversary special event will take place in Korea, hosted by the Jeonju International Sori Festival 2016 (전주세계소리축제) in Jeonju province, South Korea. The Sori Festival is one of the world’s most vibrant cultural scenes, and the foremost improvised music festival in East Asia.

In a celebration of ISIM’s 10th Anniversary, ISIM and the Sori Festival will collaboratively program workshops, a seminar, and performance with outstanding ISIM members and virtuoso Korean improvisers and scholars. In addition to two days workshops during the festival, ISIM will present an evening performance. A one day seminar will be held separately in Seoul, which will be co-presented with World Music Center and the Korean Society for World Music. This will be ISIM’s fourth Cross-cultural Improvisation Workshop and Performance after highly successful events in New York City and Ann Arbor, Michigan. The purpose of the event is to bring together musicians, teachers, scholars, promoters, and listeners who are interested in exploring the many facets of cross-cultural musical creativity.

The selection process of the participants and event programs are co-directed by Sori Festival and the planning committee from both ISIM and Korea. ISIM members will meet in Seoul and travel to Jeonju together.


Cross Cultural Improvisation Seminar

In Collaboration with:
World Music Center and the Korean Society for World Music
Seoul, South Korea
Platform Chang Dong 61, Seoul
September 28, 10am-6pm Seoul

ISIM Cross-cultural Improvisation Workshops and Performances
In Collaboration with:
Jeonju International Sori Festival,
South Korea
September 29 - October 2, 2016

Workshop 1: September 29, 4pm at Forest Stage

Workshop 2: September 30, 2pm at Forest Stage

Workshops 3: October 1 at 10:30am at Forest Stage

ISIM Performance: October 2, 2pm at Myungil Hall


September 27: Arrival in Seoul. (depart from the USA on September 26). The five invited scholars must arrive by September 27.

September 28: Day seminar with ISIM scholars and Korean scholars at World Music Center in Seoul. One hour performance by ISIM during the Seminar

September 29: Travel to Jeonju. The Sori Festival will provide a bus. (3-4 hours from Seoul)
4:00 pm: ISIM workshop 1 - outdoor performance by ISIM members and a group dinner.
7:30 pm: Opening performance by ISIM Trio and Korean Guests.

September 30: Workshop with Korean musicians, opened to the public.
2:00 pm: ISIM Workshop -- 2 outdoor performances

October 1: Workshop with Korean musicians, opened to the public.
10:30 am: ISIM workshop 3 outdoor performance

October 2: ISIM Cross-cultural Performance
Morning Sound Check
2:00 pm: ISIM Cross-cultural indoor Performance with Korean guest musicians.

October 3: Departure or optional visit to the . The festival will provide a bus to Inchon International airport.
*if you visit the temple you will need to stay until October 4

The Daihan Limousine runs every 30 minutes between 02:20 and 19:00. The direct one is only 3 times per day: 02:40am, 03:30am, and 12:30pm.  Reservations have been made through the festival staff.

The language of the event will be English and Korean with translation in English. The participants will cover their own travel and hotel expenses.  The participants may get subsidy for hotel in Seoul. The participants will cover their own travel and hotel expenses in Jeonju. Details will be sent to your email message.


No Visa is required to go to South Korea for a 30 day visit.

When you arrive at the Inchon International Airport you will take a shuttle bus (public) to the hotel in Seoul. Instructions on how to take the bus to the hotel in Seoul will be available in early September. The hotel reservation in Seoul will be arranged by the World Music Center and by Sori Festival in Jeonju, but you will have to pay your own expense when you check-in.  The hotel information/website will be available soon after you register by June 30. The rates are 70,000 Won to 170,000 Won ($60-$145) depending on the hotel you may choose.

There will be a complimentary group pick up from the hotel in Seoul to Jeonju Festival on September 29. This will be arranged at one time and will let participants know when. There will be a complimentary group pickup from the Sori Festival to Inchon International airport for when you return on October 3. These services will be coordinated by ISIM and Sori Festival. Otherwise you will be traveling on your own with provided traveling instructions.

Contact us with any questions/.