September 23rd through 26th

Remote Streams from Four Cities

Although we've sensed the inevitability of this conclusion for months — we regret to say that The 2020 High Zero Festival simply can't occur, at least in the format we've done for the last 21 years. Our festival values real-time collaborations between artists of disparate identities, backgrounds, ages, and styles above all - and this simply cannot happen right now. The magic of improvised music is the unmediated connection between the collaborators and the audience.

For 2020, we've decided to create a totally different event and are building it from the ground up with and collaborators from four U.S. cities. This event will be more in-line with other streaming events and concerts we've seen over the last few months. We will be collaborating with various other American organizations focused on experimental music to create a "virtual festival" with solos, videos and even ensembles of "socially distant" live performances.

The High Zero Festival of Experimental, Improvised Music will be streamed in 2020 on our Twitch channel. Each night will showcase a film that explores sound as a primary component, and will include a soloist from Baltimore and a soloist and ensemble from our partner cities.

Thursday 9/23 8pm

TBA, (TBA) from Chicago
Jeron White, (TBA) from Baltimore


Video Commission

Friday 9/24 8pm
Santa Fe, NM

Marisa DeMarco (Bigawatt) (voice) from Santa Fe
Jamal Moore, from Baltimore

Raven Chacon (electronics, guitar)
Carlos Santistevan (upright bass, electronics)
Tatsuya Nakatani (extended percussion)

Video Commission
ACVilla (video), Thollem (sound) New Mexico: Outside In

Saturday 9/25 8pm
Baltimore, MD

Lucas Yasunaga, (TBA) from Baltimore
Ada Pinkston, (TBA) from Baltimore

Luke Stewart (bass)
Shelly Purdy (percussion)
Duncan Moore (electronics)
Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar)
Sue-C (live video processing)

Video Commission
TBA, Baltimore

Sunday 9/26 8pm
Seattle, WA

TBA, (TBA) from Seattle
Allison Clendaniel, (TBA) from Baltimore


Video Commission
TBA, Seattle

While the main stage is invitation-only and booked a year in advance, there are many opportunities to perform at High Zero through High Jinx, our broadly participatory, informal and unofficial site specific and street performances held throughout the city starting a week before the festival, which are some of the wildest and most inspired public art events in Baltimore. PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

What kind of High Jinx have we done in the past? Check out these great photos from 2008 at the bottom of the documentation page!



What do High Jinx need?

Directors: People who can decide on an event, organize it (what, where, who and when) and then follow through and execute it. This can be a simple event with one director/performer standing on a street corner or a complex event with many involved.

Performers: People who either have skills which satisfy the needs of a particular perfomance or people who want to perform in something that doesn't need specific skills

Places: A great site can dictate what should be perfomed there (ex. crossing over). Or, a great site can be perfect for anything you put in it.

Documenters: Video cameras, journalists, poets, photographers, sound recordists, spys.

Creative thinkers: High Jinx is almost "anything goes". Simple ideas can make beautiful events. What can you amplify? (knitting needles) Take the mundane and over emphasize it (ultrareductionist library band). Make music out of almost nothing by meerly changing the context of existing sounds (honkers). Just act silly (the hat band). Be visual (folded paper). Be weird (crossing over). Be conventional (music games). Show off your basement projects (invented instrument)

Promoters: People who'll tell people what's happening, where and when, post to email lists, put up flyers. People who will bring more people to get involved.

Schedule your own High Jinx performance.

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