Jones, Hennies, Voutchkova, Lê Quan, High Zero Festival

Quartet, improvisation, High Zero Festival, Baltimore, MD, 2019

A first time meeting of four veteran improvisers at the 21st Annual High Zero Festival. Personnel: Bonnie Jones, electronics; Sarah Hennies vibraphone, percussion; Biliana Voutchkova violin, voice; Lê Quan Ninh surrounded bass drum.

21 years old in 2019, High Zero Festival models itself off of Company Weeks, an annual free improvisational festival organized by improviser, musician Derek Bailey from 1977 until 1994. The festival focuses on entirely new collaborations among a curated group of 22 musicians, half from Baltimore and half from outside the city and nearby metro.

The results are always unpredictable and often ecstatic.