of Experimental Improvised Music!!!
Thursday Sept. 4th-Sunday, Sept. 7th
The Theater Project
45 West Preston Street
Tickets can be purchased over the phone: 410-539-3091
Baltimore, Maryland Click here
for a full schedule
HIGH ZERO festival is a startlingly unusual event, mixing sold-out
and capacity crowds with fiercely challenging and engaging music.
The festival would be unusual anywhere in the world, with its
combination of visionary and uncompromising (not to mention grassroots)
experimental music, an unusual format (only individuals are invited
to perform in new collaborations, no groups), and its mixing of
diverse musical subcultures (what might be called electronic music,
free jazz, minimalism, instrument inventors, etc.). Each year,
the most inspired musicians we know of are brought together with
Baltimore's fertile experimental scene in a wide range of different
kinds of musical situations to create very new music which
has never been heard before.
5 YEARS OF HIGH ZERO THIS SEPTEMBER !!!
When High Zero began in 1999, the idea of hosting an international,
large-scale experimental music festival in Baltimore seemed like
a pure act of will against all odds, not to mention a huge financial
After four amazingly successful years '99-'02, sold-out audiences,
hundreds of sets of inspiring music and anarchic street performances,
six CDs, tons of new friendships and developing collaborations
around the globe, and a closet now overflowing with high-resolution
documentation--it still seems almost too good to be true!!
This years 5th Anniversary festival calibrates not just this specific
oasis of musical freedom and exploration and the contrary subcultures
it pulls together, but also the ability and opportunity for any
individuals to detach from the values of mainstream culture and
find the hidden chances to vitally explore WHAT REALLY INTERESTS
THEM, however marginalized it may seem at first. High Zero is
also proof that there is a hunger for relatively unmediated experiences
where the imagination and consciousness--with all their strange
intensity--are "out of the closet."
Our first five years have been a tremendous gift, and we are truly
grateful to the immense amount of support from musicians, audience,
donations, and volunteers which has made the festival a true community
event in every sense of the word.
For more information on the philosophy and methods of High Zero,
Zero is supported by City Paper
Zero is organized by The High Zero Foundation, a 501(c)3
Nonprofit organization. The festival is an outgrowth of The
Red Room, an unfunded but vital space which has presented over
400 concerts of improvised and experimental music (as well as experimental
film and performance) since it began in 1996. The Red Room is located
at and sponsored by Normals Books
Note: The festival is invitation
only, so we DO NOT take submissions for future HIGH ZERO festivals.
However, we are always interested in submissions to The
Red Room, which is the source of the pool of players who are
then invited to the festival.
Zero Foundation, Inc.
2850 N. Charles, Suite. 200
Baltimore, MD. 21218
& WEBSITE CREDITS
Photo of Micahel Gayle, above: John Berndt
Many thanks to: Kevin takacs, Julia Hammid, John Starling, Tom
Goldstein, Kristen Toedtman.
Most other photos in the site (except musician information page
photos): Stewart Mostofsky
Website Design: The Berndt
Video Tape Documentation: Too numerous to mention
Audio documentation of previous years: Sam Wiley, John Berndt,
Andy Hayleck, Doug Wolf, Jon Rose, Charlie Jameson.