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Improvised Music Project Festival (IMPFEST): Todd Sickafoose

Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 7:30pm
Bassist Todd Sickafoose (Photo: AlexChaloff)
Bassist Todd Sickafoose (Photo: AlexChaloff)

Renowned bassist Todd Sickafoose headlines this special performance, part of the 2024 Improvised Music Project Festival (IMPFEST), performing sets with UW Jazz Studies students and with faculty Cuong Vu, trumpet, Ted Poor, drums, and Steve Rodby, bass.

Festival Background
The School of Music and the student-run Improvised Music Project present IMPFest, featuring UW Jazz Studies students and faculty Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, and Steve Rodby performing with guest artists of international renown.  2024 headliners are Chris Speed, saxophone (4/24), Jun Iida, trumpet (4/26), and Todd Sickafoose, bass (4/27).

First Set:
Todd Sickafoose - bass and compositions
Yotam Snir - tenor saxophone
Jai Lasker - guitar
Markus Teuton - guitar
Natalie Song - piano
Solomon Lubell - bass
Lily Dropkin - drums
EJ Brannan - drums

Second Set:
Todd Sickafoose - bass and compositions
Cuong Vu - trumpet
Ted Poor - drums


Wednesday, April 24: Chris Speed, saxophone
7:30 pm, Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Friday, April 26: Jun Iida, trumpet
7:30 pm, Meany Studio Theater

Saturday, April 27: Todd Sickafoose, bass
7:30 pm, Meany Studio Theater

IMPFEST is made possible through generous support from Seattle's Raynier Foundation.


Todd Sickafoose

Todd Sickafoose is a Tony and Grammy award-winning composer, producer, arranger, orchestrator, bandleader and double bassist. He has performed on hundreds of recordings, toured internationally, appeared at music venues and festivals from Carnegie Hall to New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and played on national television and radio programs including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with Conan O’Brien, The Artists Den, and NPR’s Mountain Stage. Known as a musical cross-breeder who stretches across genres, Sickafoose has been described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a captivating improviser, imaginative composer, and master of collaboration”.

In 2004, Sickafoose began performing and recording in a duo format with folk poet, activist and cultural icon Ani DiFranco. Their relationship has developed for nearly two decades – together they have made 7 albums, two concert DVDs, and performed over 1000 shows.

In 2007, Sickafoose began working on Anaïs Mitchell's folk opera, Hadestown, wearing many hats including arranger/orchestrator and music producer. After years of development and regional productions, the show opened at the Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway in 2019 and won 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Orchestrations for Sickafoose and collaborator Michael Chorney. Sickafoose produced the Hadestown Original Broadway Cast Recording which won a 2019 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Recording. Hadestown continues to run both on Broadway and a North American Tour, and will open on London’s West End in early 2024.

Straddling the worlds of folk, indie rock, jazz and chamber music, Sickafoose’s own band Tiny Resistors has performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Stern Grove Festival, Angel City Jazz Festival and been featured on many “Best-Of” lists including the Village Voice and JazzTimes. Writing for Tiny Resistors, he recently composed Bear Proof, a long-form chamber jazz hybrid commissioned by the Doris Duke Foundation.