Improcon 2017 press release

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