Styrian Improvisers Orchestra
The Styrian Improvisers Orchestra was founded by V:NM Graz in April 2012 and consists of musicians from the Austrian Improvised music scene. It also has a certain amount of fluctuating musicians, guest artists, and conductors who are familiar with the language of improvised music.The instrumentation can vary drastically, but can include horns, reeds, strings, keyboards, percussion, voice, electronic and computerized instruments, 'ethno' instruments, or even prepared and self-made instruments. Since April 2012, the STIO has performed 15+ concerts in their homebase of Cafe Stockwerk, and through exchange programs with the V:NM there were three concerts abroad, in Wroclaw (PL), in Pula and in Zagreb where the collaborative orchestra was called STICRI Orchestra. STIO focuses on different themes like 'Spoken Word' or 'Soundpoetry', and has featured such internationally reknowned guests as Renee Baker (US), Rowland Sutherland (UK), or Ivana Sajko(CR).