Past Festival/Conferences


The 10th Anniversary ISIM Festival/Conference

in collaboration with Jeonju International Sori Festival,
Korean Society for World Music,
and World Music Center
September 27-October 2, 2016
Seoul and Jeonju, South Korea

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May 12-16, 2016
Waterloo, Guelph, and Toronto, Ontario, CANADA 

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July 9-12, 2015
Chateau D'oex, Switzerland
Ecole de Musique du Pays-d'Enhaut

Guest Artists:
Francis Vidil
Ronan Guilfoyle
Gerry Hemmingway
Christy Doran

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2014 Seventh Festival and Conference: Cross Cultural Improvisation III

June 5 - 8, 2014
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
Mannes College The New School for Music
New York City

Guest artists:
Mat Maneri
Tanya Kalmanovitch
Reggie Workman
David Liebman
Wadada Leo Smith
Bobby Previte
Samir Chatterjee
Jin Hi Kim

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2013 Cross-cultural improvisation workshops & performances

June 29 - July 1, 2013
York College / CUNY, Queens, NY
Final performance July 1 at Roulette, Brooklyn, NY

Guest artists:
Gamin Kang, Korea
Hyun-Sik Shin, Korea
Jane Ira Bloom, USA
Elliott Sharp, USA
Jin Hi Kim, Program Director
and 25 other artists
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Improvisation · Self · Community · World   
February 16-19, 2012
William Paterson University
Wayne, NJ USA

Keynote artists and performers:
Thursday: Mulgrew Miller
Friday: Robert Dick & Tom Buckner
Ikue Mori, Sylvie Courvoisier & Jim Black

Pyeng Threadgill & trio
Karl Berger with University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra
and 50 other artists presenting concerts, panels, talks and workshops
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ISIM fifth festival/conference, 2010, university of michigan

Improvisation and Cross-Cultural Creativity:
Fostering Connections Through Spontaneous Musical Art

Dec 2-5, 2010
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

Keynote artists and performers: 
Mei Han (China), Wonil (Korea), Song Jung Min (Korea), Pak Bom Tae (Korea), Douglas Ewart (USA), Zim Ngqawana (South Africa), with University of Michigan Jazz Faculty.

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ISIM Fourth Annual Festival/Conference 2009 University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Dec 3-6, 2009
Improvisation, Diversity, and Change: Uncovering New Social Paradigms Through Spontaneous Musical Creativity  

A collaborative event between the International Society for Improvised Music and the University of California at Santa Cruz Improvisation Festival, with generous support from the Porter Festival Fund. Keynote conference/festival artists and speakers included the Charles Lloyd Quartet, Geri Allen, Ashwan Batish, Rob Dz, George Lewis, and Jin Hi Kim.
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ISIM Third Annual Conference 2008
Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, Colorado USA

December 5-7, 2008
Improvisation and Identity: Discovering Self and Community in a Trans-Cultural Age
with support from The Playground, Creative Music Works, jazz89 KUVO Radio Denver 89.3FM, KGNU Radio 88.5FM/1390AM Boulder/Denver
Featured Artists and Presenters:
Roscoe Mitchell, Joëlle Léandre, India Cooke
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ISIM Second Annual Conference 2007

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois USA
December 14-16, 2007
Building Bridges: Improvisation as a Unifying Agent in Education, Arts, and Society
Featured Artists and Presenters:
Jane Ira Bloom and Mark Dresser, Mazen Kerbaj and Michael Zerang, Oliver Lake with the University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra, Bennett Reimer, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
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ISIM Inaugural Conference 2006

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan USA

December 1-3, 2006
Time, Sound, and Transcendence: Forging a New Vision for Improvised Music Pedagogy and Practice
Featured Artists and Presenters:
Stephen Nachmanovitch, Pauline Oliveros, Janne Murto, Steve Coleman
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