No Idea Festival w/ Greg Saunier, Raquel Bell, Thomas Lehn, Marcus Schmickler, Judith Hamann (solo), Akira Sakata, Damon Smith, Stefan Gonzalez, Bonnie Jones, Bhob Rainey, Chris Cogburn, Juan García, Liz Tonne
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.– Michael Toland