Since 2010, Melbourne Improvisers Collective has been a place for Australian musicians to present new and daring projects. The MIC exists to promote improvised music genres and provide opportunities for musicians in a supportive environment. Young musicians looking for performance experience are regularly programmed alongside more established acts in order to encourage collaboration and networking amongst our community.
MIC presents two bands every Thursday night at Uptown Jazz Café showcasing a diverse range of improvising musicians in Melbourne.
MIC began hosting gigs every week at Gertrude’s Brown Couch in Fitzroy before moving to Uptown in 2014. The program has widened beyond student performances to regularly include highly acclaimed Australian musicians & bands. Along with our regular Thursday night programming, MIC has worked with local artists to present album launch concerts at both Uptown Jazz Café and Bennetts Lane Jazz Club.
In 2015, MIC & Blue Groove Industries co-presented two major events for Melbourne Music Week. The New Orleans Street Party - a sold out event with over 1400 attendees – showcased some of Melbourne’s best traditional jazz groups (The Hoodangers, Horns of Leroy, Adam Rudegeair) alongside up and coming student groups from the VCA. MIC also curated the Reimagined Jazz series at Emporium shopping centre presenting seven local bands over the course of Melbourne Music Week.
As part of its program, the MIC also promotes & encourages the participation of female musicians through its Women in Jazz nights. These concerts feature bands either led by or predominantly made up of female musicians. We believe this part of our core programming performs an essential and unique role in Melbourne’s jazz community.
MIC was founded by Travis Woods & Sam McAuliffe and is currently managed by the team: Liam Werrett, Cameron Sexton, Holly Moore, Zeb Vescio & Madeleine Novarina.