The GIK is the Graz adaptation of the curated improvisation evenings at Vienna's Celeste, established since 2005 by American jazz alto saxophonist Marco Eneidi (✝︎ 2016).
Since January 2017, this series, which always takes place on the last Monday of the month, has established itself as a new hub for improvised, contemporary and experimental music in Graz, thanks to numerous illustrious guests and a highly diverse but cohesive field of musicians and audiences.
The focus is on the social act of collective, musical real-time composition and its intrinsic risk practice. A particular strength of the GIK is the synergy of diverse stylistic practices and approaches, while creating a supportive environment for encounter and exchange. A broad network of participants and representatives, with strong connections to the KUG (University of Music and Performing Arts Graz) and the international independent scene, confirm and consolidate the significance of this platform for genre-free sound experimentation.
Curation and moderation: Patrick Wurzwallner