SUMMER 2015 EVENT           

9-12 JULY, 2015


The International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) is happy to announce that its summer 2015 event will take place in the idyllic mountain village of Château d’Oex, Switzerland, from July 9th through 12th.  ISIM’s first event in Europe, the gathering will combine festival and conference components and bring together musicians, teachers, scholars, promoters, and listeners from around the globe who are interested in exploring the many facets of spontaneous musical creativity.  Hosted by the Ecole de Musique du Pays-d’Enhaut and a consortium of individuals and organizations in the region, the event promises to be a vibrant blend of international hospitality and cutting-edge creativity.  We invite you to seize this opportunity to create connections and share knowledge with world-class improvisers from all around the globe in one of the most inspiring locations imaginable.    

ISIM invites proposals for performances, workshops, academic papers, and panel discussions related to any aspect of improvised music.  English will be the primary language of the event, with a small number of sessions conducted in French.  Translators will be available for presenters from either language.  Proposals are welcome from current and new ISIM members, including those who join or renew their membership concurrent with the proposal submission deadline.  Proposals will not be considered from applicants whose membership is not current.  Presenters will cover their own travel and hotel expenses.  The conference fee is $75 US.

To apply to perform or present at the 2015 ISIM Festival/Conference, send the following to  For those who wish to send their application in FRENCH, please send it to

  • Brief bio (300 words max)
  • If proposing a performance: A link to your music on a webpage or MP3 file
  • Proposal description (350 words max) that outlines your presentation
  • Hotel request (see below)

*Please indicate clearly if you are proposing a performance, workshop, talk, panel, discussion, academic paper, or other.


Please be advised that the AV capabilities for this event will not be as extensive as they have been at previous ISIM Festival/Conferences. Though all efforts will be made to accommodate technical needs, proposals are encouraged that require a minimum of AV support/display technology.  Presentations that call for technical resources beyond basic microphones or amplifiers should specify this clearly in the proposal.


Proposal deadline: January 31, 2015
Notification of decision:  Feb 28, 2015
Conference registration deadline: March 31, 2015

For questions or more information, please contact us.

Conference Fees—Individuals:

Consistent with conventional conference protocols, ISIM will charge a modest conference fee to help defray the considerable expenses incurred in mounting an event of this scale. 

Presenters: $75
Non-presenters: $200

*After April 1, 2015
Presenters: $90
Non-presenters: $215


Conference Fees—Ensembles:

Duos and trios: At least one member must be an ISIM member in good standing in order for the ensemble proposal to be considered. 

Quartets and larger must join ISIM at Associate Member level ($250 US).

In cases of financial duress, fee waivers will be considered for presenters and performers. 


Hotel and Travel Information

The Hotel Roc et Neige will be the official festival/conference hotel and a limited number of rooms for individuals or groups will be available on a first come, first served basis.  Please indicate in your proposal if you would like to reserve a room in the Hotel Roc et Neige, and also if you would prefer a single room, double or triple room in case you are accompanied by family or friends, or wish to share a room with other attendees in order to cut down on expenses.  Château d’Oex is easily reached by train, with just one change from Geneva International Airport.  More hotel and travel information will be provided on the ISIM website.

Please don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a truly exciting event and let your creativity be inspired by one of the most scenic locations in the world!

Plans in the works for a 2015 North American event...ISIM is also working on a second conference for the fall of 2015 in the US or Canada.  Look for an e-mail on this in early 2015.

ISIM Board of Directors
Ed Sarath, Founder and President
Karlton Hester, Vice President
India Cooke, Secretary
Jin Hi Kim, Treasurer
William Johnson
Douglas Ewart


Richard Robeson, Executive Director
Billy Satterwhite, Administrative Coordinator
Raphael Sudan, European Event Coordinator

Previous ISIM event hosts
University of Michigan
Northwestern University
University of Denver
University of California Santa Cruz
William Paterson University
York College, CUNY/Roulette
New School University



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