No Idea Festival Thanks

RECEIVED Mon., March 7, 2005

Editor,
    This is Chris Cogburn – director of the Creative Music Workshop and Ten Pounds to the Sound record/dvd label. I am writing to say thank you for including Michael Chamy's wonderfully written review of the No Idea Festival double CD, included in your February 11 edition [“Texas Platters,” Music].
    It was a delight to read such a thoughtful and genuinely inquisitive piece written about the CD document of this four-day gathering of creative musicians here in Austin (and Houston) last spring. While the CD, and the festival in general, has been gaining recognition throughout the world of improvised music, it is rather inspiring to hear that this work of a few committed improvisers is not only being recognized by your publication, but that it is also being intelligently and passionately discussed and considered. In noncommercial art forms, this sharing of process and collective, active contributions to the art itself, is considered one of the art's highest successes.
    This year's No Idea Festival, the third annual, takes place March 31 through April 3 – four days and nights of music from creative improvising musicians from all corners of the U.S., Europe, and Japan, including artists from: NYC, Berlin, Portland, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, New Mexico, Baltimore, Houston, and of course, Austin.
    For more information, please visit: www.noideafestival.com.
    Thanks again.
All the best,
Chris Cogburn
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