I wake this morning grateful to have experienced last night at 416. Eagerly anticipating tonight and the two orchestras which will no doubt take me again to a higher level of soul existence. If you have not ever experienced 416 you may wish to head on down to the Tranzac tonight for 10. Come be awemazed.”
The 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival is a yearly showcase for the vibrant Toronto improvised music scene. The 416 area code’s finest improvising musicians, and sometimes visitors from farther afield, play in a wide variety of styles in 3 or 4 sets over each of the festival’s 4 nights. Their improvisations take the form of completely free-form spontaneous compositions, created entirely “in the moment, at the moment of performance, by the performers”. At other times, a drawing, graphic, object, original musical chart or just the audience ‘vibe’, are used to inspire the music.
The 416 is a celebration of music-making on a tightrope.