The 3rd annual Improvisational Summit of Portland brings the city’s musicians, dancers and film organizations together with touring musicians excelling in spontaneous musical improvisation.

This year a vast number of artists are featured at Sandbox Studio in NE Portland and the event is sponsored by KBOO 90.7 FM.

Featured performer Tim Berne, is an American saxophone player and composer based in New York City since 1974, Berne has composed and performed prolifically, amassing a body of work of critically-acclaimed recordings. He has performed or recorded with Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Mat Maneri, David Torn, Hank Roberts, Herb Robertson, the ARTE Quartett and in trio Miniature. Read more about Berne at

Bad Luck from Seattle is the duo of drummer Chris Icasiano and saxophonist Neil Welch who perform with live loops and pedals, fierce improvisations, sound art and harmonic palettes.

Also featured is Scott Cutshall’s Phrasology with Sunjae Lee-tenor saxophone and painting; Andre St. James on bass and Joshua Feinberg, sitar and harmonium. The Rich Halley Quartet, Ken Ollis and Senses Sharpened and nearly 40 other performers will make the four days practically non-stop music.

The 2014 Improvisation Summit is Thursday through Saturday, June 5 – 7. Sandbox Studios is at 420 NE 9th Ave. Tickets are $12 – 20 sliding scale for one day, $20-35 for two days, $25-50 for all nights. All ages. The film will screen Reach of Resonance at Whitsell Auditorium June 5 at NWFC, 1219 SW Park Ave. $9.

The Creative Music Guild’s mission is to promote experimental, improvised music through concerts, workshops and other events bringing together internationally-recognized musicians with local performers, audiences and music students of all ages. An Indiegogo fundraiser will go live between May 12-14 where fans and friends can donate for the Improvisational Summit. Go to

See the whole schedule at .