We will keep the links to the biggest festival websites throughout the years.
- Nozart Festival, Köln, Germany
- Europa Jazz Festival, Le Mans, France
- Jazz & Sounds, Ghent, Belgium
- Altera! - Napels, Salerno - Sant'Agata de' Goti - Somma Vesuviana, Italy
- ARTLITLAB: https://artlitlab.org/music/concert-calendar
- Sound Disobedience, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
- Irtijal Festival, Beirut, Lebanon
- Lublin Jazz Festival, Poland
- Kaleidophon Festival, Ulrichsberg, Austria
- Freedom Of the City, Conway Hall, London
- Europajazz, Le Mans, France
- Angelica Festival, Bologna, Italy
- Ring Ring Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
- Cerkno Jazz Festival, Slovenia
- Sergey Kuryokhin International Festival, St. Petersburg Russia
- Victoriaville, Canada
- Sonore Festival, Brest, France
- Moers Festival, Germany
- MIA, Atouguia da Baleia, Portugal
- Uncool Festival, Valposchiavo, Switzerland
- Festival Jazz & Musique Improvisée en Franche Comté, Besançon and Doubs, France
- Jazzdor - Strasbourg - Berlin
- Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival, Montreal, Canada
- Okka Fest, Milwaukee, USA
- Ottawa Jazz Festival, Canada
- Potentiale Festival, Kalbe, Germany
- Vision Festival New York, USA
- Warsaw Summer Jazz Days - Warsaw, Poland
- Sound Symposium, New Foundland
- Konfrontationen Festival, Nickelsdorf, Austria
- A L'ARME Festival, Berlin, Germany
- Dissidents Arts Festival, New York, USA
- Jazz Em Agosto, Lisbon, Portugal
- Meteo Festival, Mulhouse, France
- Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Austria
- Blow Out Festival, Oslo, Norway
- Sant' Anna Arresi Jazz Festival, Sardinia, Italy
- Ujbuda Jazz Festival, Budapest, Hungary
- Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada
- Crosscurrents, New York, USA
- Free Essen Festival, Essen, Germany
- Instigationfestival.com, Chicago, USA
- Jazz and More Festival, Sibiu, Romania
- Autumn Jazz Festival, Cracow, Poland
- Out.Fest, Barreiro, Portugal
- Jazzmandu, Kathmandu, Nepal
- Skaņu Mežs Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts, Riga, Latvia
- EdgeFest, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
- Jazzfest Berlin, Berlin, Germany
- Music Unlimited Festival, Wels, Austria
- Umbrella Music Festival, Chicago, US
- November Music Festival, 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
- 577 Forward Festival, Brooklyn, NY
- dOeK festival, Amsterdam, Holland
- Bushwick Improvisers Collective Concert Series (Monday, New York City)
- ARTLITLAB, Wisconsin
- Downtown Music Gallery (Sunday, New York City)
A bit late to te party, but thought I'd give a shout out to the Blow Out! Festival, which takes place in Oslo in August (I forget how long it's been running, though). This year's line-up is pretty great, in my opinion, and can be accessed via this link: http://www.konsertforeninga.no/konserter/340
Also worth mentioning Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival: http://brightonalternativejazzfestival.com/
Free Essen Festival 2015
Goethebunker, Goethestraße 67, Essen, Germany - 20:15h, 6€ every day
Gunda Gottschalk - violin, Eckard Koltermann - bassclarinet, Martin Blume - drums
Georg Wissel - (präp.)sax, clarinet, Achim Tang - bass, Simon Camatta - drums, percussion
St.Kirchhoff - guitar
Ute Völker - accordian, Angelika Sheridan - flute
Nicola Hein - guitar, Paul Lytton - percussion
Jan Klare - basssax, Alex Schwers - drums
The 10th Kraków Jazz Autumn - a free jazz/improv festival - is on now.
Festival Bruisme - last week of June
last edition (#5): http://festival-bruisme.blogspot.fr/
archive : http://www.jazzapoitiers.org/archives-des-concerts
Check out Eldenaer Jazz Evenings / Greifswald / Germany - concerts of upcoming and well known jazzheads in the unique setting of Eldena Abbey ruins.
Two days, six concerts - www.eldenaer-jazz-evenings.de
2016 featuring PLOT, KUU!, First Circle, Eva Kruse Quintett, Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, NDR Bigband & Django Deluxe
I'd like to add these great free jazz/sound festivals from Austin Texas to your database
No Idea Festival--February
FAST FORWARD Festival--April
Sonic Transmissions Festival---Septembre
curated by internationally renowned bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (The Thing, Atomic),
Sonic Transmission is a three-day showcase that gives equal weight to some of the globe’s
best free jazz, post-punk, experimental hip-hop, and improvised music.
INDUST 2016. Second festival of alternative jazz and imrovised music at Island Khortytsia, Zaporizhya, Ukraine. Some bands with creative approach from Ukraine, Lithuania and USA will play during 3 days.
More details http://cjfans.weebly.com/indust-2016.html
Pomeranian Jazz Jantar festival is a must here!
Free Jazz Montreal 2016
Amazing job ! Congrats.
I would like to suggest to add BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL JAZZ COMPETITION & FESTIVAL 2017, www.jazzcompetition.ro which promotes the values of the new jazz generation. It is a great platform for jazz artists to meet, interact and play together. All jazz styles are accepted.
There are also a few really nice festivals that deal with adventurous here in Slovenia:
One that takes place in Croatia: https://www.facebook.com/improcon/
I'm happy to see dOeK Festival on the list. The festival is now held in May and dOeK has become Doek. The next edition takes place from 12 to 19 May in Amsterdam and will focus on the great venues, series and musicians that make up Amsterdam's thriving impro scene.
Detroit Jazz Festival is the worlds largest free jazz festival
Not a festival, but a new and unique concert series, each a mini-festival in itself:
4FAKULTÄT - Concert series for cross-genre Improvisation
with 4 Contributors (Bands, Soloists), 4 times a year at Künstlerhaus FAKTOR, Hamburg, Germany
Next concert will be on July 29th, 2017 with:
Nika Son (Electr.),
Chad Popple (Drums) & John Hughes (Bass),
David Wallraff (Noise),
Sven Kacirek (Mallets) & Charly Schöppner (Perc)
The Thirteenth Újbuda Jazz Festival realised in the coproduction of the MU Theatre and the A38 Ship will present some of the very best, most original, intriguing and stunning acts of new improvised jazz in broad sense.
I like to add the Freejazzfestival Saarbrücken to the list that always takes place the week before easter: http://freejazzsaar.de/
in the 4th edition, 21. - 25.3. 2018, we are celebrating the 50th birthday of the album "machine gun" with the Yahoos, Tobias Delius, Christian Lillinger, Ava Mendoza, John Dikeman, Barry Guy, Mette Rasmussen, Paul Lytton, Olaf Rupp, Antonio Borghini, Tristan Honsinger, Han Bennink, Peter Brötzmann & many others
I'd like to announce our first edition of (((potentiale)))
It's a brand new festival for improvised music, arts and crafts starting on may 31st till june 3rd.
During the day you're invited to enjoy the region around the small town Kalbe (Milde) and participate in workshops with the artists.
Every evening will be full of improvised concerts with artists like:
Günter 'Baby' Sommer
Hope to see you there!
Just wanted to inform you, that the "Ruhrjazz Festival" in Bochum, which once was an important event for free and improvised music, is back: http://www.jazzwerkstatt.eu/ruhr-jazzfestival
c u there,
we're happy to announce the 10th edition of 4fakultät – Concert series for cross-genre Improvisation
on Nov.24th 2018 at Künstlerhaus FAKTOR, Hamburg.
Each edition is a mini-festival in itself, with 4 guests or groups improvising in all 4faculty combinations.
For #10, our guests will be:
1. Kate NV
3. Shitney (Maria Faust & Qarin Wikström)
4. A.K. Klosowski
Nina (V I S, Golden Pudel Club)
Light Design / Projections:
Alexander Trattler & Arthur Musalimov
4fakultät #10, November 24th, Künstlerhaus FAKTOR, Max-Brauer-Allee 229, Hamburg
21h, doors open 20h. 15 € / 10€ reduced
Summer Bummer Festival - Antwerp, Belgium
SOMETHING ELSE! FESTIVAL
June 20 - 23, 2019
The Rock on Locke
— Church of St. John the Evangelist
(320 Charlton Ave. W., Hamilton)
[+ Whitehern House & Garden
(41 Jackson St. W., Hamilton) Free Event]
Tickets: $20-25 advance
Zula (Music & Arts Collective Hamilton) Presents the 2019 Something Else! Festival featuring six ticketed events and one free quad-bill, with rare appearances from Czech virtuoso violinist/ vocalist Iva Bittová, playing solo and joining again revered drummer Hamid Drake, whose crack Chicago trio Indigenous Mind with Joshua Abrams and Jason Adasiewicz will perform twice. Drake also revisits a duo with Toronto saxophonist Brodie West. Genre-busting clarinet giant Don Byron will be featured solo and in other contexts.
Also visiting are the legendary NY drummer, poet William Hooker, nimble NY drummer, composer Harris Eisenstadt’s Poschiavo 50, vibrant Polish pianist/ electronicist Joanna Duda, eclectic NYC soprano sax specialist Sam Newsome, plus, No Silenz, with leading Québecois artists Jason Sharp, Susanna Hood, and French guests Fredéric B Briet, Christophe Rocherr…and prodigious Québec saxophonist Yves Charuest, multi-dimensional Géraldine Eguiluz and her eponymous trio.
From Toronto, Glen Hall leads EAR-CAM an all-star cast of Christine Duncan, Tomasz Krakowiak, and John Oswald… the fiery Archives of Eternity with Mark Hundevad, Mike Gennaro, Patrick Smith, & Andrew Furlong, the enigmatic songcraft of Picastro, Brodie West‘s buoyant, polyrhythmic octet Eucalyptus, the subtly explosive trio of Bill Gilliam, Ambrose Pottie, and Kayla Milmine.
Plus, Hamilton’s own Sourpussy’s deliciously volatile performance, Connor Bennett’s solo sax/ electronics project Tidal Pool, and wayward choristers Earth Wind and Choir …
Thursday, June 20, 2019
EARTH WIND & CHOIR
[Only Event at Whitehern Garden — Free/ By Donation
Friday, June 21, 2019
THE ARCHIVES OF ETERNITY
BRODIE WEST & HAMID DRAKE
Friday, June 21, 2019
GILLIAM/ MILMINE/ POTTIE
HOOKER/ CHARUEST/ NEWSOME/ EGUILUZ
IVA BITTOVA & HAMID DRAKE
Saturday, June 22, 2019
HARRIS EISENSTADT’S POSCHIAVO 50 ENSEMBLES
Saturday, June 22, 2019
INDIGENOUS MIND + DON BYRON
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Passes: $125 regular (up to $190 value) OR $100 (up to $170 value) students, seniors, under-waged
[for all 6 x (3-4 bills each) events]
Advance Tickets: (Thursday-Saturday each event) $25
(Sunday each event) $20
Door Tickets: (Thursday-Saturday each event) $35 regular OR $30 students, seniors, art-worker, under-waged
(Sunday each event) $25
No one will be refused entry for lack of funds
Vilnius Jazz! www.vilniusjazz.lt It is an avant-garde oriented festival (not to be confused with more mainstream Vilnius Mama Jazz).
The October Revolution of Jazz and Contemporary Music takes place in Philadelphia during the month of October. https://www.theoctoberrevolution.org/
Next edition of 4fakultät - concert series for cross genre improvisation
is on Sun, March 14th, 19pm as a live-video-stream from resonanzraum st.pauli with:
Spill (Magda Mayas, Tony Buck)
More infos and link to stream on https://4fakultaet.de/en/march-2021/
I'm Andrea from Italy.
I use to check this beautiful site everyday since the beginning of the 2010s.
I spent the last weekend in St. Johann in Tirol to see Artacts, a great festival for free, improvised and creative music. It always takes place in March, though last year's edition was held in September, due to the infamous pandemic causes.
I would like you to add it to the list.
Keep up your essential work (who cares about mainstream music?).
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