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HIP Fest

Category: Major Events/Festivals

Start: Sep 29, 2017 2:00 PM

End: Sep 29, 2017 3:30 PM

Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA

HIP Fest Returns for Its Fifth Year

This year Hosting Improvising Performers Festival, also called HIP Fest, will return to New Orleans for the fifth year in a row. It will take place on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:o0 p.m. on the third floor of The Old U.S. Mint. All ages are welcome and the cover is $10.
The event is put on by N.O.I.S.E. (New Orleans International Sound Exchange), a non-profit founded by local improvisation artists Jeff Albert and Marcello Benetti. The event will feature performances from visiting musicians Tim Berne, and Jason Adasiewicz, with one guest 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.
Tim Berne is a saxophone player who found his love for performing music in college when he heard Julius Hemphill’s recording “Dogon A.D.” He founded Empire Records in 1979 and Screwgun Records in the late 1990s. Berne is one-third of bb&c, which also includes Jim Black and Nels Cline of Wilco. They released their critically acclaimed album, “The Veil” in 2011.
Jason Adasiewicz is a vibraphonist from Wichita, Kansas. Adasiewicz played in the indie-rock scene at the beginning of his career and later moved into Chicago’s jazz improvisation scene where he played with bands like Starlicker, Exploding Star Orchestra, Loose Assembly, Ice Crystal, Topology and Audio One. He also formed the jazz quintet Rolldown in 2004, and the trio Sun Rooms in 2008, with Nate McBride and Mike Reed.
There will also be an early show on Friday, September, 29 at 2:00 p.m. on the third floor of The U.S. Mint with no cover. This show will feature an hour long concert and clinic lead by NOISE founders Jeff Albert and Marcello Benetti with the help of the guest performers from the festival’s main concert, including the surprise guest.
This event is made possible with the support of Fidelity Bank, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Community Partner Grants, WWOZ-FM and The New Quorum.
Tickets will be on sale a month prior to the event on The Old U.S. Mint’s website,, or at the door on the day of the event. For more information, visit the NOISE website at
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