Jason Adasiewicz. Photo: Andrew A. Nelles

Local Nonprofit Celebrates Improvisational Jazz With “HIP Fest”

New Orleans International Sound Exchange (N.O.I.S.E.) is joining together the local music community with the global on September 29. The fifth annual Hosting Improvising Performers Festival, better known as HIP Fest, returns to NOLA this year and is bringing with it a heavy lineup. Equal parts music clinic and performance event, HIP Fest will featuer visiting musicians Tim Berne, Jason Adasiewicz and one headliner still to be announced. There will also be performances from local musicians Aurora Nealand, Chris Alford, Paul Thibodeaux, Joe Cabral, Rick Trolsen, Doug Garrison, Matt Booth and Rob Cambre.


Taking place on the third floor of the Old U.S. Mint (400 Esplanade Ave.), the all-ages evening show begins at 7p.m. and tickets are available for $10. In the same location at 2p.m., the early show (also all ages) will include a clinic led by N.O.I.S.E. founders Jeff Albert and Marcello Benetti with the help of the guest performers from the festival’s main concert, including the surprise guest. Of the forthcoming events, Albert says, “HIP Fest gives the music lovers in New Orleans a chance to hear new voices right next to some voices they already know. We all learn from each other. Especially now, I think it is important for musicians to model respectful and hopeful social interaction, and HIP Fest is a perfect place to see and hear how people from different places can make beauty together.”

Tickets are currently on sale on the Mint’s website, http://www.musicatthemint.org/events, or at the door on the day of the event. For more information, visit the N.O.I.S.E. website at www.noise-nola.org.