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 for the space of time from September 2016 to January 2017  can either be viewed online via the button Events or be downloades as a pdf-file (or just click on the orange cover).

We would like to point out two alterations. The printed program available for download no longer includes detailed descriptions, but we have cut it down to the essentials: an overview of all offers, plus a chronological calender. You can gather all details from our website.

From now on, there is also the possibility to access our website in English via the button in the top right corner.

This fall, we are / were happy to welcome fascinating guests again. There were three opportunities to see Eddie Prévost, co-founder of the legendary AMM ensemble: he was present for the talk that was part of the presentation of our new book on September 29; afterwards, he played a concert with John Butcher and Eve Risser; and on the weekend from September 30 to October 2, he conducted this year’s special workshop revolving around experimentalism in music improvisation.

There were more exciting concert guests, for example Afro-American double-bass players William Parker and Alan Silva , the latter of whom played electronics along with Schlippenbach-Trio. Linda Sharrock, also an African American musician, who can only rarely be seen in concert was be part of an interesting quartet. Please consult our Concert Overview to find out about all the other ensembles just as worth experiencing.

We offer / offered a number of new weekend workshops devoted to Klezmer Music, Improvisatory Violin Class-Teaching, Verbal Dialog, Material Experiments, “Musical Stories”Improvisations for voice and movement and childlike Play, other workshops are specifically designed for children. The Other Music Academy with Alan Bern that runs for a week took place again, along with other worthwhile workshops listed in the Workshop Overview.

Last but not least, we want to point out our events on Theory & Research, our regular courses and our by now nine (!) regular ensembles, some of which still accept new members.

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

Matthias Schwabe and 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.