Me and My Shadow: Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival

Friday, May 11-Saturday May 12

The folks at the Boise Creative and Improvised Music Festival know all about the splendor of improv.

For years, the festival has brought a plethora of local and out-of-state improvisational musical acts to the city. The seventh installment will take place Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, at Visual Arts Collective.

The festival will once again showcase experimental music, but will also feature a theatrical production by Heidi Kraay with choreography by Idaho Dance Theatre's Yurek Hansen.

Musical performances by artists including Ben Burdick and Brent Jensen will take place before and after the performances and music will be improvised throughout the play.

Festival founder and coordinator Krispen Hartung worked with the playwright to determine which sections to include music in and what moods to convey, be they "tension" or "dreamy."

"I put a set of guidelines together. ... We agreed how long the music should be and what emotions we're trying to get across. ... It's like the play has an improvised soundtrack," Hartung said.

The play will also feature video and artwork, since the play tells the story of a painter. Contributors to the event's Kickstarter campaign have the opportunity to take home a piece painted during the play, signed by the cast and team.

Tickets are available at