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Sonic Explorations and Creative Improvisations at The Guelph Jazz Festival

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In North America, there are over 100 annual jazz festivals. Only a small number of these festivals are devoted to the avant-garde, adventurous, and freely improvised music. The Vision Festival in jny: New York City is perhaps the best known festival with its celebration of improvised music, dance, and poetry. There are a few others that ...

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2019, Part 1-2

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Part 1 | Part 2Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada May 16-19, 2019 There was a lot of positive buzz leading up to the 35th edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville. On paper, the schedule looked very strong. Looking back over past ...

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Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville 2011

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Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville Victoriaville, Canada May 19-22, 2011 The 27th annual Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) was a remarkably consistent four days of concerts. It held high points, to be sure (the Ex, Zeena Parkins, Jaap Blonk), and inevitable low points as well. But there was also ...

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2007

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A variety of styles has been a central preoccupation of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) since its early days. This has not prevented the FIMAV from making conscious efforts in recent years to renew and diversify its public by targeting a younger generation of adventurous listeners. In this respect, the 24th edition ...

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2006

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On paper, the line-up of the 23rd edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville (FIMAV) looked audacious: a predominance of voice-oriented projects, some questionable meetings, three concerts with Mike Patton, etc. This suggested an unpredictable outcome. Yet, a recurring complaint was the lack of jazz and related forms of improvised music. Considering that ...


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