September 14th through 29th in three cities.

The High Zero Collective are going on the road. The musician-organizers will perform for two days in Chicago and two days in New York City with area musicians before returning home to perform for two days in all-Baltimore combinations.

High Zero Collective

CK Barlow (electronics, sampling)
John Berndt (reeds, computer, invented instruments)
Andrew Bernstein(saxophone)
Tom Boram (synthesizer, computer, harpsichord)
Rose Hammer Burt(reeds)
Samuel Burt (daxophone, bass clarinet
Jeff Carey (computer, lights)
Owen Gardner (guitar, cello)
Bonnie Jones (electronics)
Jamal Moore (reeds, percussion)
Stewart Mostofsky(electronics)
Paul Neidhardt(percussion)
Shelly Purdy (percussion)
Jimmy Joe Roche(electronics)
M.C. Schmidt (electronics, balloon)

Jim Baker (synthesizer, piano)
Ben Baker Billington(drums, electronics)
Angel Bat Dawid (clarinet, piano)
Carol Genetti (vocals)
Jen Hill (miscellaneous)
Eric Leonardson(springboard)
Julie Pomerleau (violin, viola)
Tomeka Reid (violoncello)
Cristal Sabbagh (dance)
Jason Soliday(electronics)
Katherine Young(bassoon, electronics)
Michael Zerang(percussion)

Chuck Bettis (electronics, vocals)
Jaimie Branch (trumpet)
Michael Evans(percussion, theremin)
Sandy Ewen (guitar)
Tom Hamilton(electronics)
Amritha Kidambi (voice)
Ikue Mori (electronics)
Ras Moshe (sax)
Laura Ortman (amplified violin)
JD Parran (woodwinds)
Margaret Schedel(violoncello, electronics)
C Spencer Yeh (voice, violin)

Susan Alcorn (pedal steel)
Stephanie Barber(performance, spoken word)
Shelly Blake-Plock(electric guitar)
April Camlin (drums)
Allison Clendaniel (voice, piano, cello)
Patrick Crossland(trombone)
Neil Feather (invented instruments)
Carrie Fucile (objects)
Sarah Hughes (reeds, flute, loops)
Orlando Johnson(mandolin, found objects)
Wendel Patrick(electronics, keyboards)
Ada Pinkston (dance)
Peter Redgrave (dance)
Bob Wagner (drums)
Jason Willett (electronics)

The High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music has announced today that its 20th edition will include an expanded set of concerts and locations, bringing the festival and musicians from Baltimore to both Chicago and New York, and will close with a special all-local celebration in Baltimore this September.

Beginning in 1999, the annual improvised music festival has brought together more than 200 musicians and performers from around the world, mixing and matching them in all new
combinations with local Baltimore improvisers each year in never-before-seen collaborations. Signal to Noise magazine has called the festival “a fertile laboratory of musical possibility
without equal”; the Washington Post has described it as “some of the most intense new music being made anywhere, on everything from oboes and one-of-a-kind instruments to the human body itself… unforgettable performances.” The special 20th-year format flips the festival paradigm on its head: Instead of bringing musicians from afar to Baltimore for collaborations with locals, this year the organizers are bringing musicians from Baltimore to Chicago and New York for a new kind of cross-community collaboration.

Event location:

The Red Room is a volunteer-run space in Baltimore dedicated to mind-expanding experimental culture, headquartered at Normals Books and Records.