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:

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.