Now 15, Chris Cogburn’s No Idea Festival epitomizes improvisation. Hosted again at the Museum of Human Achievement, with weekend matinees off-site, the international gathering emphasizes collaboration between performers from different practices.
Friday pairs Baltimore drummer Greg Saunier and local singer/organist Raquel Bell, succeeded by the meeting of Lehn and Schmickler, a solo set by Melbourne cellist Judith Hamann, and a trio of Tokyo saxophonist Akira Sakata, Smith, and Young Mothers drummer Stefan Gonzalez. The evening ends with the biggest ensemble of the fest: Cogburn, Rainey, Tonne, Mexico City bassist Juan García, and Baltimore electronics wizard Bonnie Jones.
Fri., Feb. 23, 8pm