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The New Improvisers Studio

Jun 28, 2024
  • Alejandro Bryce
  • Seraphina Crema Black
  • Kit Colajacomo
  • Mika Elkuf-Warthe
  • Emma Engdahl
  • Ruben Gregg
  • Olivier Hart
  • Harmeet Kaur Virdee
  • Jack Lee
  • Quinn McDonald
  • Sebastian Tulai
  • Matt Udry
  • Shahzad Ismaily

Open Rehearsal


11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


Free, no registration required

As part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, please join us for an open rehearsal by participants in The New Improvisers Studio: Alejandro Bryce, Seraphina Crema Black, Kit Colajacomo, Mika Elkuf-Warthe, Emma Engdahl, Ruben Gregg, Olivier Hart, Harmeet Kaur Virdee, Jack Lee, Quinn McDonald, Sebastian Tulai, and Matt Udry.

This open rehearsal concludes a week-long educational initiative supporting young musicians aged 17 to 24 to explore musical improvisation through the mentorship of a world leading improviser and invited guests from the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. This year the Studio is led by the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, with invited guests Sakina Abdou, Matthew Ariaratnam, Meredith Bates, Claire Devlin, Aviva Endean, Mili Hong, Sunny Kim, and Peggy Lee.



The Grand Luxe Hall is located on the second floor of Western Front, which is accessed by a flight of 26 stairs. Further details about accessibility at Western Front can be found here.


Presented in partnership with Coastal Jazz with the support of the Deux Mille Foundation, the Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation, the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation at the University of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, and SOCAN Foundation.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.