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A collage of musicians all playing their instruments.

Improvisations Now is a monthly series of concerts programmed by Joe Morris. Joe invites a diverse group of dynamic, innovative musicians, all important members of the global improvised music scene, and performs with them. The music is completely improvised. Every concert is different.

The 2021-22 Improvisations Now series included Mary Halvorson, William Parker, Tyshawn Sorey, Joe McPhee, Rob Brown, Jerome Deupree, Fay Victor, Sam Newsome, Reggie Nicholson, Patricia Brennan, James Brandon Lewis, Tomeka Reid, Taylor Ho Bynum. Kyoko Kitamura, Stephen Haynes, Mat Maneri, and Peter Evans.

The 2022-23 season included Ken Vandermark, Matthew Shipp, Anna Webber, Angelica Sanchez, Hery Paz, Juan Pablo Carletti, Kenneth Jimenez, Matana Roberts, Melanie Dyer, Daniel Carter, Michael Wimberly, Jamie Saft, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Brandon Lopez, Tony Malaby, and Nasheet Waits.

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The 2023-2024 season begins on Sunday, September 24 2023, and goes through May 2024. The full season is as follows:

Sunday, 9/24 2:30pm: Charles Downs, Darius Jones, Aquiles Navarro, and Joe Morris.

Sunday, 10/22 2:30pm: Anthony Braxton and Joe Morris.

Sunday, 11/5 2:30pm: Ikue Mori, Nate Wooley, and Joe Morris.

Sunday, 12/10 2:30pm: Ivo Perelman, Ray Anderson, Reggie Nicholson, and Joe Morris.

Sunday, 1/7 2:30pm: Mark Helias, Anna Webber, and Joe Morris.

Sunday, 2/4 2:30pm: Matthew Shipp, Jerome Deupree, and Joe Morris.

Sunday, 3/17 2:30pm: Sam Newsome, Taylor Ho Bynum, Francisco Mela, and Joe Morris. Advanced Tickets Available!

Sunday, 4/14 2:30pm: William Parker and Joe Morris.

Sunday, 5/12 2:30pm: Tomeka Reid, Melanie Dyer, and Joe Morris.

***Photos by Steve Laschever and JC Photo Graphics.