Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Second Annual Blank Slate Festival

Greetings everyone --

We're excited to present to you, the second edition of our Blank Slate festival in Indianapolis, at Earth House Collective on Saturday, April 3rd. Blank Slate celebrates the art of improvised music -- that art form where the onus is on musicians to create compelling, engaging music with little to no preconceptions, and in real time.

In addition to the music acts, there will also be several visual artists who are improvising works of their own, often in dialogue with the music on stage.

It's a unique challenge for any artist or musician: to create a coherent work of art, in the moment. Come and see how this process unfolds and how different groups and artists will have very different approaches to this challenge.

This year we have a number of groups from Indianapolis and from throughout the Midwest. New to the festival is that music will be taking place concurrently in the venue's cafe as well as on the main cathedral stage. While the cafe, being a business in its own right, will not involve a cover charge, one will have to pay cover in order to hear all of the ensembles upstairs. A $10 admission fee covers all 6 sets upstairs.


DJ Moodswing (Eric Brown), and LA Jenkins (guitarist), alternate throughout the evening and with occasional guests.

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Illusion of Control (Indianapolis) (6:00)

James Cornish - Curtis Glatter Duo (6:45)
James Cornish -- trumpet
Curtis Glatter -- percussion

Hartsaw - Godston - Royal - Putnam - Cox Quintet (7:20)
Paul Hartsaw -- saxophones
Dan Godston -- trumpet
Andrew Royal -- violin
Aaron Putnam -- piano
Gerard Cox -- drums

Good Hands Team Improv (INDIANAPOLIS) (8:15)
with members of BASILICA

Wizards (8:45)
Hasan Abdur-Razzaq -- saxophones
Gerad Cox -- piano
Adam Smith -- drums

Midwest Improvised Music Summit (10:00)
Musicians from different sets within the festival will convene for a collaborative set to close the evening with a truly spontaneous encounter, as most of these musicians will have never played together before.

$10 admission fee covers 6 sets of music

Earth House Collective
237 N. East St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 636-4060

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