Discomfort dispatch is a no-profit organization founded in Bologna in 2017, took over with a series of independent events in private locations, squats and venues, the name does not belong to a specific group of people and rather refers to an event format that has been realized by a growing community of promoter and musicians all over Italy.
More than 30 small festivals have been organized, involving around 300 improvisers musicians from all over the world, anyone shall feel free to imitate us, to contribute and realize an independent edition at any time in any place.
Those happenings have a few simple rules: a group of unrelated single musicians is invited to improvise for 20 minutes in a duo with a fellow-stranger artist. Rehearsing is forbidden, verbal planning inappropriate. Discomfort dispatch mainly involves musicians and is open to any kind of performing artist indagating limits and power of improvisation. Every guest is invited for the sake of his/her interaction with other guests; promoting a single project, artist or realization is not part of the purposes of discomfort dispatch. Stimulating and supporting a set of behaviors, tendencies, and practices is the core of its reason to be, regardless of financial convenience and quality of the artistic outcome in commercial terms.
The name “Discomfort Dispatch” is a metaphor of the uneasiness experienced by artists and audiences, a reference to the embarrassment generated by the situations that it creates. By accepting to collaborate with a stranger, every guest is putting him/herself into the awkwardness of sharing the stage (or the recording), that feeling must be overcome in order to reach a common ground to complete the task for which the artist is invited. Sound is both the purpose and the tool for that task, the mean that we use in order to challenge our coexistence and cooperation skills. The territory of sound provides a liminal space in where two performers are invited to communicate with each other, and to collaborate in order to speak something to an audience without any pre-agreed constraints of language, music genre, culture.
Discomfort Dispatch’s aim is first and foremost to open uncommon paths within our creative and listening habits, eventually making great music.