SUMMER 2015 EVENT           

9-12 JULY, 2015

Guest Artists

Francis Vidil, piano/organ (France)
Ronan Guilfoyle, bass (Ireland)
Christy Doran, guitar (Switzerland)

Gerry Hemmingway, drums (USA/Switzerland)


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.   

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Pictures of the event site can be found at the bottom of the page.

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. 

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.


The Chateau D’Oex Chamber of Commerce will be in charge of selling the tickets/passes.  Below are the costs for the general public and attendees. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce (Office du Tourisme), at the festival office, and at the evening ticket office for friday night and saturday night concerts.

***The presenters will receive tickets to the evening concerts when they pick up their badges at check in.
- Ticket prices: 25chf (evening concerts)

- 100 chf (1 day-pass)

- 200 chf (full festival pass)

Chamber of Commerce contact : Pays-d'Enhaut Tourisme, Place du Village 6, 1660 Château-d'Oex, Suisse - Tél. +41 (0)26 924 25 25

- Opening hours of the Festival Office (Located in the Hôtel Roc et Neige, floor -1): Thursday 10AM-12/ 5PM-6PM, and then 8AM-9AM for friday-saturday-sunday.
Conference and Festival Fees

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. 
Château d’Oex is easily reached by train, with just one change from Geneva International Airport.  Once arrived in Château d’Oex, the Hotel Roc et Neige is a short walk from the train station. Train time tables can be found on the travel information page.

Event site pictures:

La Montagnarde

The Temple


Great Hall of Chateau D'Oex

Hall of the Hotel

Plans in the works for a 2016 North American event

ISIM is also working on a second conference for the fall of 2016 in the US or Canada.  Look for an e-mail on this in fall 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

ISIM Staff

Richard Robeson, Executive Director

Raphael Sudan, European Conference Coordinator
Billy Satterwhite, Administrative Coordinator

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

New School University