Dear friends of improvisation,

welcome to the website of the exploratorium berlin, venue for improvised music and creative music pedagogy. Musical improvisation, as well as improvisation in the other arts – movement, theater etc. –, is the focus of our work here.
Experiencing freely improvised, experimental music live, learning to improvise (even without previous knowledge!), building on existing experience in improvisation, learning concepts of improvisation adapted to different target groups, meeting others who are interested in improvisation and conversing in free play, reflecting on improvisation within the context of special events, and reading about it in a small specialized library: all these things are possible at the exploratorium berlin.

We offer a large range of weekend workshops, continuous courses and continuous ensembles.
We organize concerts that take place approximately every three weeks and that usually include musicians from the international improvisation community.
Alongside, there is a number of sessions of improvisation, from the Open Stage to our ViolinImprovNight, from the Offhandopera to our Forum Instrument Lessons – many of them for free. Our library provides most of the specialist literature that has been written on the topic of improvisation. We offer accompanying events connecting theory and research with improvisatory practice.


Our program from February to July 2017 can either be viewed online via the button Events or be downloaded as a pdf-file. For Downloading please click  the blue cover.

For the first half of 2017, we have again invited exciting guests. Amongst them are famous names like Wadada Leo Smith, Günter Baby Sommer, Barre Phillips, Fred Frith, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Louis Sclavis, David Toop and Steve Beresford. These and the other improv ensembles – which are all of high quality – can be found in the concert overview.

Fred Frith will also be facilitator in our special workshop. Other offers will be a workshop & performance project on Ascension, a painting workshop with the Munich artist Fridhelm Klein and numerous other workshops dealing with improvisation in music, movement and other artistic disciplinres. They are all listed in the workshop-overview.

Last but not least, we want to point out our numerous open stages as well as the events on theory & research, our regular courses and our by now nine (!) regular ensembles, some of which still accept new members.

Recently published: our program overview for the period from September 2017 to January 2018. To download please click on the title page on the left. The printed copies can be found in the exploratorium. The details of all single events will be published on our website within the next few weeks.

Enjoy a look through our offerings, and we hope you discover something exciting

Matthias Schwabe & the team from the exploratorium berlin


The exploratorium berlin is a project of the Lilli-Friedemann-Stiftung for improvised music and creative music pedagogy.

For more information on the exploratorium, you can also visit Wikipedia.