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 in concert,
  • 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 every two or three weeks presenting musicians from the international improvisation community.
Alongside, there is a number of sessions of improvisation, from the Open Stage to our Intercultural Music Pool, from the Offhandopera to our Impro Session U12 – 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.


The new program for the period February – July 2018 is online and can now be viewed via the menu “Events”. The program flyer with overview and calendar is available for download as a pdf file, please click on the (blue) title picture alongside.

As in the past, we can offer “legends” of improvisational music in the first half of 2018. This time it’s the British reeds player Trevor Watts, co-founder of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, and American double bassist Kent Carter, who will be heard on 12 April live in CONCERT with Jamaican drummer Noel McGhie.
As a “special guest”, who will perform a concert in mid-June as well as lead a workshop, we have invited the trumpet player Franz Hautzinger. The dancer Jean Laurent Sasportes, former member of the Pina Bausch Company, also offers a concert and a workshop at the end of April. The 16-member Ensemble X will come for a large-group concert, improvising in a very differentiated and sensitive way without conduction and prior arrangement. These and all other high-profile concert ensembles can be found in the concert overview.

The well-known Swiss vocal performer Marianne Schuppe will offer a WORKSHOP as well as her colleague Hilde Kappes, who combines vocal work and play with neutral masks. Magdalena Schatzmann is back with a Unintentional Music offer. In addition, there are approved and new workshops for different art forms, for beginners, advanced and methodically interested, for excursions to oriental and klezmer music and much more. All these are listed in the workshop-overview.

Finally I would like to point out our numerous open stages as well as the events on theory & research, our continuous courses and the currently nine (!) continuous ensembles, some of which are still looking for new members.

Not to forget, this year’s annual festival will be moved from summer to spring: please mark the 10th of March in the calendar!

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.