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Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting 2017
The Western Front
Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting 2017
Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting 2017

Three nights of creative improvisation, featuring Vancouvers finest innovators featuring guests, pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn (Baltimore), drummer/percussionist Ted Byrnes (LA) and
saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist John Gross (Portland/Vancouver).

Sponsored by CiTR Radio + Discorder Magazine

Thurs, March 23 doors 8:30pm  show 9 pm  
China Cloud   524 Main Street
Fri & Sat, March 24 + 25 doors 7:30pm  show 8 pm
Western Front  303 East 8th Avenue

Thursday, March 23 @ China Cloud (Tickets CASH ONLY at door)
Peggy Lee, Josh Zubot & Cole Schmidt
James Meger & Barbara Adler
Aram Bajakian Blues Trio
(Aram Bajakian guitar, Dan Gaucher drums, Colin Cowan bass)

Friday, March 24 + Saturday, March 25 @ Western Front
Susan Alcorn, pedal steel, Ted Byrnes, percussion, Torsten Muller, bass, John Gross, saxophone,
Paul Plimley, piano, Meredith Bates, violin, Bill Clark, trumpet, Ron Samworth, guitar

Western Front: $15 general admission (or $20 for both nights); $10 for students/seniors
Buy tickets at the door or online:
China Cloud Tickets: $10 Available at the door only
Info:    604.683.8240

Saturday, March 25  2:30pm-4:30pm
Workshop @ Western Front
Barbara Bourget (dance) + Torsten Muller (bass)
By Donation/Pay What You Can (CASH ONLY at door)

Over the past 20 years Vancouver has become recognized internationally as a centre for creative music. On March 23, 24 & 25, 2017, Barking Sphinx Performance Society hosts the fourth annual Improvised Music Meeting, featuring an impressive list of established and emerging members of Vancouvers hotbox of improvisation. Concerts will take place over three evenings: 8pm at Western Front, and 9pm at China Cloud.

As part of 2017 Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting, Barking Sphinx will present Baltimore-based pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, LA-based drummer/percussionist Ted Byrnes and Vancouver-based saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist John Gross in concert with local musicians, Barbara Adler, Aram Bajakian, Meredith Bates, Bill Clark, Peggy Lee, James Merger, Torsten Muller, Paul Plimley, Ron Samworth, Cole Schmidt and Dylan van der Schyff.

On Saturday, March 25, Barking Sphinx will host a public daytime workshop with dancer Barbara Bourget and bassist Torsten Muller at the Western Front.

Experience the unexpected as these phenomenal musicians perform magic over the three nights  from solo sets to duos, trios, quartets and large ensemble works.

Formed in 1998, Barking Sphinx is a collective of exceptional musicians; members of Vancouvers improvised music scene who are well known locally, nationally and internationally  giving our city an international name as a significant centre of contemporary music and musique actuelle. Concerts presented by Barking Sphinx provide the chance to see and hear some of the worlds finest improvising musicians concoct an intoxicating brew of sounds and music.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of BC through Community Gaming Grants, BC Arts Council, and City of Vancouver.

Susan Alcorn:

Ted Byrnes:
photo credit: Alexandra Noel

John Gross:


The Western Front (View)
303 East 8 Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1S1


Arts > Dance
Music > Experimental
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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