UW faculty and students join special guests in IMPfest line-up

Tim Berne
Tim Berne

School of Music faculty members Richard Karpen, Cuong Vu, Juan Pampin, and Luke Bergman are on the bill for the third annual Improvised Music Project Festival (IMPfest) running April 30 through May 7 at various Seattle venues.

The festival, which boasts an impressive lineup of local new music groups, many of them featuring current and former students from the UW Jazz Studies Program, will present a variety of nationally known musicians including New York-based saxophonist Tim Berne and drummer Ted Poor and Oakland-based composer, clarinetist and computer programmer Matt Ingalls. The UW Modern Band, Improv Lab, and UW Jazz Students appear with various headliners, making the festival a truly UW-centric affair.

The Improvised Music Project is a registered University of Washington student organization that grew out of the Jazz Studies Program under the guidance and mentorship of Professor Cuong Vu, but has extended its reach beyond campus to stimulate a thriving local music scene gaining local and national recognition. The IMPfest is completely organized and run by students from the IMP organization, many of whom have also been involved in the recent creation of Table and Chairs, a new music label that celebrated its launch in March.

For a full schedule of events and details about the artists, visit the IMPfest website. Events featuring School of Music faculty and student ensembles are listed below.

May 1, 7:30pm @ The Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse
(4045 University Way NE)

Tim Berne with the UW Modern Band
Friendly Creature
King Tear's Bat Trip

May 4, 7:30pm @ Chapel Performance Space
(4649 Sunnyside Avenue N)
Juan Pampin featuring Matt Ingalls and the UW Improv Lab
Psychoangelo
Humans Get Hungry

May 7, 7:30pm @ The Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse
Vu-Karpen Project featuring Ted Poor and Luke Bergman
Ted Poor with UW Jazz Students