Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting 2015 – March 27-28-29

Barking Sphinx presents three nights of creative improvisation – music, dance and more. Our finest local innovators meet with guests; pianist Achim Kaufmann (Berlin), poet Gabriele Guenther (Berlin), guitarist René Lussier (Montreal); and Dálava (Vancouver/New York).


Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 27 – 28 – 29

early show at Western Front 8pm • late show at China Cloud 11pm

Western Front, 303 East 8th Avenue  •  China Cloud, 524 Main Street

Western Front Tickets: $15 per evening for general admission (or $30 for three nights); $10 per evening for students/seniors. Buy tickets at the door (cash only) or online:

China Cloud Tickets: $10 (or $5 with Pyatt Hall ticket stub). Available at the door only (cash, no cards).

INFO: 604.683.8240

2015 Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting – Full Schedule


Friday March 27, 8pm

Achim Kaufmann (piano) solo

Torsten Müller (bass)/ Gabriele Guenther (voice) duo

Aram Bajakian (guitar)/ JP Carter (trumpet)/ Peggy Lee (cello)/ René Lussier (guitar)

Saturday March 28, 8pm

Lisa Miller (piano)/ Gabriele Guenther (voice)/ Jeff Younger (guitar)

Torsten Müller (bass)/ Delia Brett (dance)

Ghosts Before Breakfast:  John Paton (sax), René Lussier (guitar), Torsten Müller (bass), Lisa Miller (piano), Gabriele Guenther (voice), Dylan van der Schyff (percussion), Achim Kaufmann (piano), JP Carter (trumpet), Peggy Lee (cello), Lee Hutzulak (electronics), Jeff Younger (guitar), Alex Ferguson (voice)

Sunday March 29, 8pm

René Lussier (guitar) solo

Torsten Müller (bass)/ Achim Kaufmann (piano)/ Dylan van der Schyff (percussion)

Lussier Ensemble: René Lussier (guitar), Peggy Lee (cello), Meredith Bates (violin), John Paton (tenor sax), André Lachance (bass), JP Carter (trumpet), Chris Gestrin (keys)



Friday March 27, 11pm

Ron Samworth – Dogs Do Dream: An evening of music by and for Sentients: Ron Samworth (guitar), James Meger (bass), Tyson Naylor (keys), Skye Brooks (drums), JP  Carter (trumpet) with guests Achim Kaufmann (piano) and Gabriele Guenther (voice)

Saturday March 28, 11pm

Clyde Reed Trio: Clyde Reed (bass), Paul Plimley (vibes), Kenton Lowen (drums)

Waxwing: Tony Wilson (guitar), Jon Bentley (saxophone), Peggy Lee (cello)

Sunday March 29, 11pm

Bruce Freedman 5tet: Bruce Freedman (saxophone), James Meger (bass), Clyde Reed (bass), John Paton (saxophone), Dan Gaucher (drums)

Dálava: Aram Bajakian (guitar), Julie Ulehla (voice), Peggy Lee (cello), Tyson Naylor (accordion), Colin Cowan (bass), Dylan van der Schyff (percussion)


Over the past 20 years Vancouver has become recognized internationally as a centre for creative music. On March 27-28-29 2015, Barking Sphinx hosts the second annual Meeting of these improvisers, featuring an impressive list of established and emerging members of the burgeoning Vancouver scene – Torsten Müller, bass; Ron Samworth, guitar; Peggy Lee, cello; Dylan van der Schyff, percussion; and JP Carter, trumpet electronics. Concerts will take place over three evenings; 8pm at Western Front, and 11pm at Main Street’s China Cloud.

This year Vancouver’s creative music improvisers will collaborate with Montreal’s René Lussier, whose impressive body of work represents a full course in musique actuelle, a term he helped to peg down; Berlin-based pianist Achim Kaufmann and visual artist/poet Gabriele Guenther; dancer Delia Brett; multi-disciplinary theatre artist Alex Ferguson; and Dálava, a group creating music based on Moravian folk songs.

Concert-goers will experience these performers in different combinations over the three nights – from solo sets by Lussier and Kaufmann, to a large ensemble comprised of local improvisers led by Lussier, and Ghosts Before Breakfast, a group inspired by the spirit of dada, taking its name from the 1928 dada film by Hans Richter. For this performance the group will accompany, and be accompanied by, a number of early works in experimental animation and dada film.

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Formed in 1998, Barking Sphinx is a collective of exceptional musicians; members of Vancouver’s improvised music scene who are well known locally, nationally and internationally – giving our city an international name as a significant centre of contemporary music and musique actuelle. The public concerts presented by Barking Sphinx provide Vancouver audiences with an opportunity to see some of the world’s finest improvising musicians perform both structured and unstructured work. This community of artists combine, often creating a cross pollination of styles and genres that result in enthralling and incomparable events for performers and audiences alike.


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of BC through Direct Access to Charitable Gaming, the BC Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver through the Office of Cultural Affairs. 

We gratefully acknowledge the Western Front for co-presenting March 28, Ghosts Before Breakfast.