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IMPFest VII May 1-3 at UW Ethnic Cultural Theater

Submitted by Joanne De Pue on April 17, 2015 - 8:08pm
Guitarist Bill Frisell and students

UW Music joins forces with the student-led Improvised Music Project (IMP) to present IMPFest VII May 1 through 3, 2015 at the UW Ethnic Cultural Center. 

Over the past seven years the Improvised Music Project has been a leading force in Seattle’s jazz and improvised music community. The group's annual festival, which pairs up-and-coming musicians with seasoned professionals of international renown, is IMP’s signature annual event.

This year, IMP and the School of Music welcome renowned guitarist and UW faculty member Bill Frisell, legendary bassist Steve Swallow, and acclaimed saxophonist Chris Cheek to perform with UW students and a rotating faculty house band led by Jazz Studies faculty Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, Richard Karpen, and Luke Bergman. 

Performances take place at the UW's Ethnic Cultural Theater, 3940 Brooklyn Ave. NE. 

Tickets and more details are available here.

Festival Schedule

Fri. May 1, 7:30 p.m.: Bill Frisell solo guitar
Bill Frisell + students
Bill Frisell + Cuong Vu + Ted Poor + Richard Karpen

Sat. May 2, 7:30 p.m.: Chris Cheek + students
Chris Cheek + Cuong Vu + Ted Poor + Luke Bergman + Bill Frisell

Sun. May 3, 7:30 p.m.: Steve Swallow + students
Steve Swallow + Cuong Vu + Ted Poor + Bill Frisell

IMP Prefestival Showcase
The IMP also sponsors a pre-festival showcase on April 25 at two University District venues, featuring numerous bands led by UW Jazz Studies students:

Cafe Solstice (4116 University Way), 6-8pm
Cafe Racer (5828 Roosevelt Way NE), 9pm-12am