Wow. It’s already the 15th year of the High Zero Festival—just another one of the off-beat (no pun intended) arts celebrations that gives Baltimore its unique flavor, and a reputation for being a hub of creativity. Known primarily as a festival for experimental and improvisational music, High Zero now encompasses much more than that—with film screenings, dance pieces, and—of course—music, taking place in a few venues around Mt. Vernon. If you’re willing to venture a little farther, you even can take workshops from musical masters at Peabody, Goucher, and Towson too—all as a part of High Zero.
While the bulk of High Zero’s programming is musical performance—most of which takes place at the Baltimore Theater Project, there’s so much more to it. And much of it doesn’t even require a box office and a ticket stub. Taking a cue from spring’s Transmodern Festival, High Zero now has site-specific works as well, that they’re calling “Hijinx.” And with names like “Improvised Karaoke” and “Drunken Masters!” it’s clear that though the programming may be rather avant-garde, it’s certainly accessible, fun, and taking itself just seriously enough to attract some serious luminaries from afar, while staying true to the quirky, playful, and totally unique vibe we’re so proud of here in Baltimore.
The High Zero Festival takes place from September 16-22. For more information, visit www.highzero.org.
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