Improcon 2018 press release

Improcon – 4th Congress Of Free Improvised Music, Arts & Thoughts
10-14 August 2018 – Veliki Tabor Castle, Desinić, Croatia

Improcon – Congress Of Free Improvised Music, Art & Thoughts is scheduled this year between 10-14 August and – for the second time – it will take place at Veliki Tabor Castle in Desinć in the Croatian region of Zagorje. Last year, in 2017, the appealing location of the medieval castle, on top of Hum Košnički, proved to be incredibly convenient, exciting and inspiring and will therefore again host 85 participants from 17 countries. The complete list of participants is available here: http://improcongress.org/festivals/improcon-2018/

Improcon is an international congress of workshops where participating musicians, performers, dancers, poets, visual artists, theorists, producers and publishers connect, scheme new ideas and strategies for ad hoc performances and also long-term projects. Last year’s attendance resulted in more than 15 international ensembles that have co-operated – or are still co-operating – for short tours, residencies, collaborative recordings and festivals. It’s also worth noting that this year the Austrian division of Improcon took place in Graz, Austria, for the first time. Between 24-27 May 2018 numerous theoreticians, debaters and music improvisers examined the relation between music and language.

Participants at Improcon have music improvisation in common although they come from different music genres and other fields of contemporary art. There will be seven salons, the castle atrium and a chapel at their disposal, together with the possibility to explore locations in castle’s surroundings. The core intention of the congress is to create most of the contents on the spot and are then simultaneously presented to the visitors in the evening hours.

Two events are foreseen in advance this year: on 11 August, Saturday at 21.00 a music documentary film Heartful Of Music / Srečišče glasbe (Slovenia / 2017 / 53’, English, Slovene) by Tea Grahek, film-maker and film editor, will be premiered. The film is intimate and documentary-style story about Improcon 2017, improvised music and vision of free-thinking.

Cultural activist, radio host, publicist and concert organiser Miha Zadnikar will be questioning “genres”, what they actually do in music and other fields of contemporary art, and also where from – beside industry’s “demand” – does desire for limitations come from. The lecture entitled Improvisation In Era Of Restoration is scheduled for 12 August, Sunday at 19.00.

Improcon is open for the public, organisers greet every visitor who is interested in happenings at Veliki Tabor Castle in the second week of August.

Improcon organisation and logistics: Nenad Borovčak (GOKUL, Zabok), Mitja Hlupič (Klub Metulj – Youth Association Društvo Bistrica ob Sotli), Nataša Serec and László Juhász (KUD Mreža, Ljubljana); partner support Markus Krispel (Šopron Shuffle – Trans European Music Meeting, Vienna) and Eva Ursprung (Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus, Graz).

Improcon 2018 is kindly supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, The Krapina-Zagorje municipality, The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria and the Regional Government of Carinthia: Alps-Adriatic Contact Point Carinthia.

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85 artists from 17 countires – Improcon 2018 participants announced

The participants’ list of Improcon 2018 is finally here! In the past months we have received applications from all over the world, and this year Improcon is honoured to host 85 artists – musicians, performers, dancers, visual artists, poets etc. – from 17 countries. Please note: as we are getting closer to the date of the festival, there may be slight changes in the participants’ list.

From Japan: Rieko Okuda – viola and piano.

From Taiwan: Hsiang-Hsin Malikah Wang – tap dance.

From Australia: Casey Moir – voice and electronics, Trevor Brown – clarinet and saxophone.

From United States: Linda Sharrock – voice, Lester St. Louis – cello.

From Finland: Antti Virtaranta – double bass, Petrus Hyvönen – photo documentation.

From Sweden: Johan Moir – double bass.

From The Netherlands: Miriam Den Boer Salmón – violin, Havan Hees – electronics.

From Great Britain: Adam Webster – cello.

From France: Jean-Christophe Mastnak – french horn and flugelhorn.

From Italy: Erika Sofia Sollo – voice, Elisa Ulian – voice and accordion, Silvia Barbotto – clarinet, Lucio Tasca – guitar, Andro Manzoni – drums.

From Germany: Angelika Sheridan – flute, Ruben Rübezahl – flute and electronics, Mario Rechtern – saxophone, Carl Ludwig Hübsch – tuba, Ria Rehfuss – piano and dance, Volkmar Müller – electronics, Zacharias Fasshauer – double bass.

From Austria: Yvonne Hofmeister – flute, Jakob Gnigler – saxophone, Markus Krispel – saxophone, Michael Masen – saxophone, Mario Sefelin – piano, voice and poetry, Harald Hofmeister – guitar, Moritz Morast – guitar and electronics, Richie Herbst – electronics, Stefan Voglsinger – electronics, Georg Wissa – percussions and voice.

From Slovenia: Tea Vidmar – voice, Pia Podgornik – saxophone, Tilen Lebar – saxophone, Sara Korošec – voice and piano, Rok Zalokar – piano, Tilen Draksler – piano and accordion, Marko Jenič – violin, Nina Farič – electronics, Neven M. Agalma – electronics, Klemen Šali – electronics, Primož Sukič – guitar, Domen Gnezda – guitar, Jernej Babnik Romaniuk – guitar, Ivo Poderžaj – guitar and bass guitar, Peter Lebar – bass guitar, Jošt Drašler – double bass, Gašper Livk – double bass, Dré Hočevar – drums, Marek Fakuč – drums, Miha Zadnikar – lecture, Zala Pezdir – dance, Tea Grahek – dance and video documentation, Nina Pernat – photo documentation, Žiga Gruden – photo documentation.

From Croatia: Herny Marić – clarinet, Zoran Kelava – clarinet, Capri Kafka – saxophone, Miodrag Gladović – guitar, Boris Janje – double bass, Ivan Mršić – percussions and amplified objects, Marija Dejanović – poetry, Žarko Jovanovski – poetry, Siniša Matasović – poetry, Vid Jeraj – poetry.

From Serbia: Goran Erić – trumpet, Marina Džukljev – piano, Tijana Stanković – violin, Ivan Burka – vibraphone, Aleksandar Škorić – drums.

From Montenegro: Marija Mitrovič – piano.

From Hungary: Attila Dóra – clarinet and saxophone, Ottó Horváth – trombone, Ernő Zoltán Rubik – piano, Albert Márkos – cello, Gábor Hartyáni – cello, Roland Heidrich – guitar, Bálint Bolcsó – electronics, Zoltán Kerekes – video documentation, Zoltán Papp – producer.

Improcon 2018: Apply for your travel grant

Dear Improcon 2018 applicants, those who are arriving from distant EU countries – Norway, Sweden, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Spain etc. – to Croatia this August, please do check out European Cultural Foundation’s STEP travel grant to get to this years’ workshop festival. Organize yourselves, ask for our official invitation letter, and apply for your travel fund until 10 June. culturalfoundation.eu/step

Improcon 2017 press release

Improcon – 3rd Congress Of Free Improvised Music, Arts & Thoughts
11-15 August 2017 – Veliki Tabor Castle, Desinić, Croatia

Improcon – Congress Of Free Improvised Music, Arts & Thoughts is happening this year between 11-15 August at Veliki Tabor Castle in Desinić, Croatia; first time at our new festival location – in a medieval castle on the top of Hum Košnički – which is as exciting and inspiring as the previous one was at Spomen Dom was in Kumrovec. Improcon is an international congress and workshop festival where artists – musicians, performers, dancers, visual artists, poets etc. – who applied can collaborate, share ideas and strategies, and do networking with all other participants.

In 2017, Improcon – established in its initial form in 2013 – is hosting more than 70 artists from 18 countries. Some of the festival guests are coming from Japan, Australia, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Great Britain, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France and Italy; and more importantly – to stenghten collaborations between artists from neighbouring countries – from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia.

This year’s participants can work on 6-7 in- and outdoor locations at Veliki Tabor Castle, but they are free to explore various rooms and spaces in and around the castle. As in the previous years, the festival programme will be put together on the location, involving the ideas and suggestions of the participant artists. We can expect workshops, lectures, open debates and numerous sessions of ad-hoc and planned collaborations.

Improcon is open for the public, organizers welcome everyone who is interested in what is happening at Veliki Tabor Castle on the second weekend of August.

Artists who are already in the region before this year’s festival starts, are welcome to participate in a music workshop for various approaches to improvisation and composition through the integration and communication of individuals. The workshop will be held by American vocalist Linda Sharrock and Austrian saxophonist Mario Rechtern. All those who are interested in communication, improvisation and composition are kindly invited to attend the event. The workshop will happen between 7-9 August at Klub Metulj in Bistrica ob Sotli, Slovenia, 15 kilometers from our festival location at Veliki Tabor Castle.

Improcon organization and logistics by Nenad Borovčak (GOKUL, Zabok), Mitja Hlupič (Klub Metulj – Mladinsko Društvo Bistrica ob Sotli), Nataša Serec and László Juhász (KUD Mreža, Ljubljana); partnered by Eva Ursprung (Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz), and Markus Krispel (Šopron Shuffle – Trans European Music Meetings, Vienna).

Improcon 2017 is kindly supported by Ministry Of Culture Of The Republic Of Croatia, Krapina-Zagorje County, Land Steiermark, and Alps-Adriatic-Alliance.

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Pre-Improcon workshop with Linda Sharrock and Mario Rechtern

If you are already in the region before Improcon starts, you are very welcome to participate in an intensive music workshop for various approaches to improvisation and composition through the integration and communication of individuals. The workshop will be directed by American vocalist Linda Sharrock and Austrian saxophonist Mario Rechtern. All those who are interested in communication, improvisation and composition are kindly invited to attend. The pre-Improcon event will be held between 7-9 August 2017 at Klub Metulj in Bitrica ob Sotli, Slovenia, only 15 kms from our new festival location at Veliki Tabor Castle, Croatia. If you are interested, please subscribe to the workshop at mitja@pekarna.org. Photo by Julien Palomo

Improcon 2017 participants announced

The participants’ list of Improcon 2017 is finally here! In the past weeks we received applications from all over the world. After this year off and after finding our new festival location, Improcon is honoured to host more than 70 artists – musicians, performers, dancers, visual artists, poets etc. – from 18 countries. Please note: as we are getting closer to the date of the festival, there may be slight changes in the participants’ list.

From the United States: Linda Sharrock – voice.

From Canada: Julie Delisle – bass flute.

From Mexico: Mauricio Valdes – guitar.

From Argentina: Tatiana Heuman – drums.

From Great Britain: Tom Jackson – clarinet, Benedict Taylor – viola, Daniel Thompson – guitar.

From Australia: Trevor Brown – bass clarinet.

From Japan: Rieko Okuda – viola and piano.

From Sweden: Henrik Olsson – amplified objects and electronics, Anna Ehrlemark – graphic art.

From Finland: Antti Virtaranta – double bass.

From France: Vincent Pernollet – graphic art.

From Italy: Erika Sofia Sollo – voice, Elisa Ulian – voice, Lucio Tasca – guitar.

From Germany: Norbert R. Stammberger – saxophone, Margarthe Maierhofer-Lischka – double bass, Teresa Riemann – drums.

From Austria: Yvonne Hofmeister – voice and flute, Mario Rechtern – saxophone, Markus Krispel – saxophone, Eva Ursprung – saxophone, Sylvia Bruckner – piano, Irene Kepl – violin, Gabriele Drab – paetzold recorder, Harald Hofmeister – guitar, Peter Plessas – guitar.

From Slovenia: Ina Puntar – voice, Žiga Jenko – voice, Matej Bunderla – saxophone, Marko Jenič – violin, Ana Kravanja – violin, viola, Samo Kutin – hurdy-gurdy, Klemen Šali – electronics, Ivo Poderžaj – bass guitar, Jošt Drašler – double bass, Tomaž Grom – double bass, Matjaž Bajc – double bass, Gašper Livk – double bass, Vid Drašler – drums, Zala Pezdir – dance, Tea Grahek – dance and video documentation, Eva Kosel – photo documentation.

From Croatia: Zoran Kelava – clarinet, Henry Marič – bass clarinet, Damir Prica – saxophone, Miodrag Gladović – guitar, Boris Janje – double bass, Ivan Mršič – percussions, Marija Dejanović – poetry, Vid Jeraj – poetry, Žarko Jovanovski – poetry, Siniša Matasović – poetry.

From Serbia: Marina Džukljev – piano, Tijana Stanković – violin, Aleksandar Škorić – drums, Igor Petković – performance, Mileta Mijatović – poerty, Igor Ripak – art installation and photo documentation.

From Macedonia: Ivan Trenev – accordion.

From Hungary: Balázs Wizner – trumpet, Gergő Kováts – saxophone, Dániel Cseke – saxophone, Ottó Horváth – trombone, Máté Pozsár – piano, Bálint Bolcsó – electronics, Albert Márkos – cello, Péter Ajtai – double bass, Szilveszter Miklós – drums.

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Improcon 2017 date and location announced

Improcon – Congress Of Free Improvised Music, Arts & Thoughts in 2017 is going to happen between 11-15 August at Veliki Tabor Castle in Desinić, Croatia. The new spot is only 13 kilometers from our previous festival location, Spomen Dom in Kumrovec. Details about the application for this year’s Improcon are coming soon, please stay tuned!

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Autumn staff meeting in Kumrovec

Improcon Team had its autumn meeting with their Austrian partner associations on 16-18 September at Spomen Dom in Kumrovec, Croatia to decide about the possible directions for Improcon – Congress Of Free Improvised Music, Arts & Thoughts.

The future of our main location Spomen Dom is still uncertain, but we were fortunate enough to find and agree on a back-up venue for worst case scenario in 2017. Veliki Tabor Castle – which is one of the best preserved late medieval and renaissance fortified castles of the continental part of Croatia – is only 13 kilometers from Kumrovec, a castle museum on the top of a hill, with several indoor and outdoor spaces with excitingly challenging acoustics.

As part of the autumn meeting, partners with musical instruments had an ad-hoc improvised session at Klub Metulj in Bistrica ob Sotli, Slovenia. Participating musicians included Eva Ursprung (alto saxophone, effects), Zoran Kelava (alto saxophone) and Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka (electric bass, effects). Photos by Nenad Borovčak


Improcon 2016 has been cancelled

Dear Improconers,

we are terribly sorry to inform you: Improcon – Congress Of Free Improvised Music, Arts & Thoughts in Kumrovec, Croatia will not happen this year.

After the last minute cancellation of several services that we strongly depend on, and after circumspectly sitting upon all the pros and cons, we have decided that what we were left with, does not allow the production of a workshop festival which would meet the minimal standards we had planned to offer. We are fully aware that the cancellation of Improcon 2016 causes you inconvenience due to scheduling your mid-August activities, and also indirect financial losses.

Hence, all of this year’s applicants are already qualified for next year’s Improcon, if we have not lost your trust completely. Already in September we are starting the preparations of Improcon 2017.

Sincere apology.

Best regards,
Improcon Team
(Nataša Serec, Nenad Borovčak & Mitja Hlupič)

Live Spomen Dom on Setola Di Maiale

We are thrilled to announce that Italian recording label for unconventional musics, Setola Di Maiale has just released the Improcon meeting of Jean-Luc Guionnet (alto saxophone), Markus Krispel (alto saxophone), Boris Janje (double bass), Szilveszter Miklós (drums) and Stefano Giust (drums). The spontaneous session took place at Spomen Dom in Kumrovec on 16 August 2016. Free jazz at high power with a nice note: the musicians are all from different countries – Jean-Luc from France, Markus from Austria, Boris from Croatia, Szilveszter from Hungary, and Stefano from Italy.