European Free Improvisation Pages

  • Acknowledgements
  • Non-European improvisors
  • MP3 clips
  • Organisations
  • Bibliography
  • Scope of this site
  • Distributors and Retail outlets
  • Concert venues and contacts
  • Full text articles/interviews
  • Video clips
  • Links to related sites
  • What's new
  • Photographs
  • Begun in January 1995, EFIP was intended to be a comprehensive information resource for all aspects of the type of music known as European free improvisation. From January 2007 it is being updated approximately every two months (for rationale, please see bottom of this page).

    Every effort has been made to check the information on this site as far as possible; in most cases the information has been sourced from the musicians themselves.

    The latest update is 1 March 2015:

    COPYRIGHT!! I don't want to get heavy with this but the work involved in setting up this site and maintaining it on a regular basis is substantial so copyright in this material rests with me (and contributors). At the same time, I'm happy for the information/files on these pages to be used in any reasonable way. However, this limited use should also acknowledge both me and the musician/label from where much of the data originally arose. Feedback would also be appreciated to know how any of this is being used elsewhere.

    Statement, January 2007: Started at a time when the web itself was new this seemed a fairly modest aim but the availability of cheap digital media and the explosion of recordings that has resulted means that I have been chasing the vanishing tail of comprehensiveness for too many months now to have any expectation of ever catching the beast up. At the same time, my increasing responsibilities at the University of Sheffield are such that I don't have the spare time to go chasing the rareities that at one time seemed so exciting and appealing. So, while keeping the site going, I am going to have to cut back in a number of ways. I am not sure entirely how this will shape up though one immediate effect will be a replacement of the upcoming concerts section by a simple list of venues and contacts (no big surprise as this has already proved difficult to update). Content will probably be scaled back to ensure that everything fits within the scope of the site and my updates may no longer be monthly but when I can manage to do them (two-monthly?). I'll have to see how this goes...

    Peter Stubley, formerly Assistant Director for Academic Services, University of Sheffield Library.


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