IMOO Fest 2018 Profiled

Source: Ottawa Citizen.

“If you build it, they will come” applies not just to baseball fields, but also, in the Ottawa area, to festivals of improvised music. In 2012, fans and practitioners of more exploratory jazz-based music launched IMOO Fest — the acronym stands for Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais. Thereafter, annual sequels and a slate of weekly concerts were part of the IMOO regimen, attracting provocative, outward-bound musicians from Toronto, Montreal and beyond. Then, after a few years, the festivals were put on hold. But IMOO Fest is back this weekend, consisting of 13 concerts featuring musicians from Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, as well as an artist-in-residence, Japanese pianist-composer Satoko Fujii, who’s been dubbed the “Duke Ellington of free jazz.”