Smart Bets: Asheville Improvisational Music Festival

While Asheville has a high per capita resident-to-music-festival ratio, there's always room on the calendar for one more. And the inaugural Asheville Improvisational Music Festival won't just be something new, festival-wise: It will bring innovative sounds, compositions and collaborations to the stage at The Magnetic Field. “Improvisation, while often thought of as an exclusively jazz art-form, is a documented and integral piece of any musical puzzle presented to the public," says festival founder and bassist Jay Sanders. The festival runs Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18 with appearances from E.Normus Trio with Jeff Sipe, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, The Archrivals, Shane Perlowin Trio, Like Mind Trio, Spork!, The Page Brothers and more. $18 in advance, $20 day of show or $45 for a three-day pass. http://www.themagneticfield.com.

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