International Society for Improvised Music Promotes Performance, Education, and Research in Improvised Music, and Illuminates Connections between Musical Improvisation and Creativity Across Fields.
Reflecting the melding of diverse cultures, ethnicities, disciplines, and ideas that shapes society at large, today’s musical world is increasingly characterized by creative expressions that transcend conventional style categories. Improvisation is a core aspect of this global confluence, and in recent years the phrase “improvised music” has emerged as a kind of an overarching label for much of this eclectic musical activity. Initially used to describe jazz and its offshoots, the phrase now encompasses a broad spectrum of formats—from computer music and multi-media collaborations to string quartets, bebop quintets and multiethnic fusion. Enabling spontaneous interactions between musicians from the most disparate backgrounds, the dissolution of boundaries between performers and listeners, and access to the transcendent dimensions of creative experience, improvisation is at the heart of a new musical paradigm that is uniquely reflective of contemporary life. Musical improvisation may also shed light on creativity in a wide variety of fields, as corporate executives, educators, athletes, medical professionals and other practitioners recognize an improvisatory core to success, progress, and fulfillment in their respective disciplines. ISIM brings together artists, listeners, teachers, industry professionals, and researchers, to further the growth and understanding of improvised music in our educational systems and society at large.