Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting 2016 – March 24, 25, 26

Barking Sphinx presents three nights of creative improvisation. Our finest local innovators meet guests, trumpeter, composer Lina Allemano (Toronto) and vocalist, pianist, composer Robin Holcomb (Seattle).

Thurs, March 24 show @9 pm at the China Cloud, doors @8:30 pm

Fri & Sat, March 25-26 shows @8 pm at the Western Front, doors @7:30 pm

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



Lina Allemano / Jeff Younger

Handmade Blade (Aram Bajakian, JP Carter, Peggy Lee)

Bruce Freedman’s Interphase (Freedman, John Paton, Clyde Reed, James Meger, Dan Gaucher)



Robin Holcomb

Lina Allemano / Peggy Lee/ Lee Hutzulak / Ron Samworth

Torsten Muller / James Meger

Robin Holcomb / JP Carter/ Dylan van der Schyff



Lina Allemano / Torsten Muller / Robin Holcomb / Dylan van der Schyff

Lina Allemano Project: Ben Brown / James Meger / Lee Hutzulak / Lisa Miller / Peggy Lee / Cole Schmidt

China Cloud: $10 (tickets at the door ONLY)

Western Front: $15 general admission (or $20 for both nights); $10 for students/seniors (tickets at the door or online at

Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting 2016


Vancouver is recognized internationally as a centre for creative music. On March 24-26, 2016, Barking Sphinx hosts the third annual Improvised Music Meeting, featuring artists from Vancouver’s hotbox of improvisation.

As part of 2016 Vancouver Improvised Music Meeting, Barking Sphinx Performance Society in partnership with the Western Front will present Toronto-based trumpeter, composer and bandleader Lina Allemano in concert with Vancouver’s Ben Brown on drums, Cole Schmidt on guitar, James Meger on bass, Lisa Miller on piano and Lee Hutzulak on electronics. Allemano has rapidly established herself on the international improvised music scene in recent years. For the IMM, Allemano will create new work with local improvisers at the Western Front on Saturday, March 26.

The 2016 Improvised Music Meeting will be three nights of exhilarating music featuring Vancouver’s finest innovators. In addition to Allemano, the IMM will feature guest artist, Seattle vocalist, musician and composer Robin Holcomb.

Experience the unexpected as these phenomenal musicians perform magic over the three nights – from solo sets to large ensemble works led by Allemano.

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. Concerts presented by Barking Sphinx provide the chance to see and hear some of the world’s finest improvising musicians concoct an intoxicating brew of sounds and music.


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of BC through Community Gaming Grants & the City of Vancouver through Cultural Services. Special thanks to the Western Front for co-presenting the March 26 concert featuring Lina Allemano, and our media sponsors CiTR and Discorder.