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Improvisation in the exploratorium berlin

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    • for professionals & amateurs,
    • for young & old …
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    • for all with curiosity and desire for artistic expeditions

We understand improvisation as a kind of artistic everyday language, which is suitable as an introduction to music making as well as an art form on a high level.

We offer the whole range: concerts, workshops & courses, ensembles, open sessions, discussions and a library.
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2022fri20may20:0022:00FeaturedUllén – Santos Silva – Carlsson20:00 - 22:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cstage:Improvisation International

Bühne: Ullén – Santos Silva – Carlsson


Friday, 20. 05. 2022 | 20:00 - Friday, 20. 05. 2022 | 22:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C


Lisa Ullén (KR/SE) – piano
Susana Santos Silva (PT/SE) – trumpet
Erik Carlsson (SE) – drums

The new trio of pianist Lisa Ullén, trumpet play Susana Santos Silva and drummer Erik Carlsson explores the poetics of sound and the landscape of free music. All three members are highly accomplished musicians with their own unique sound, and have worked for many years on the international music scene.

Lisa Ullén is one of Sweden’s most influential pianists on the free jazz and improvisational scene, as well as in contemporary music, internationally recognized as a distinctive and uncompromising composer and musician. She has toured in Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan. In October 2018 she was awarded the prestigious Jazzcomposer of the Year-prize by the Swedish Radio.  In 2019 she received the Manifestgala prize for her triple album Piano Works.

Susana Santos Silva is a portuguese trumpet player, improviser and composer based in Stockholm. She is considered, by the international press, one of the strongest emerging voices in contemporary music, “one of the most exciting improvisers in the world” (Downbeat). She is interested in stretching the boundaries of the instrument and exploring new ways of expression within music. Much in demand she has played, among many others, with Fred Frith, Evan Parker, Mat Maneri, Paul Lovens, Hamid Drake.

Erik Carlsson is an improvising percussionist, whose blissful sounds resound throughout the world. Apart from performing solo, he is also heard with musicians and ensembles such as Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama, Martin Küchen, Chip Shop Music, Skogen and Mats Gustafsson’s Swedish Azz.


19.00 soundwalk with Thomas Gerwin

Admission: 12/10/6 € (normal price/reduced/Berlin-Pass)


Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tylBv_IA0dk

2022sat21may(may 21)11:00sun22(may 22)15:00FeaturedKunstflut '22Interdisciplinary space performance11:00 - 15:00 (22) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cplay:Specials

Raumperformance 22


Matthias Schwabe


Saturday, 21. 05. 2022 | 11:00 - Sunday, 22. 05. 2022 | 15:00


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In 2019 – for the 15th birthday of the exploratorium – there was already a large space performance in the exploratorium, in which we included not only our explo spaces but also the stairwells, the courtyard and the wonderful cellar spaces in our building. While there was very little preparation back then, the concept is to be deepened in 2022 by spending a day exploring the special possibilities of the spaces and the particularities of playing together in a (possibly very large) interdisciplinary formation.

The performance will take place on 22 May at 14.00 on the occasion of the explo birthday party.

Interested people from all art disciplines are welcome

All currently valid Corona regulations in the exploratorium can be found here.


2022sun22may14:0019:00FeaturedHappy Birthday exploThe explo turns 18 and has a party!14:00 - 19:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cplay:Specials

exploratorium berlin_Geburtstag 2022


Sunday, 22. 05. 2022 | 14:00 - Sunday, 22. 05. 2022 | 19:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C



On 22 May, the explo has its birthday and turns 18. Finally adult!
Actually, we wanted to have moved to our “new place” already, but that may take a while, so we’re having our party at the Sarotti-Höfe. And because our favourite parties are improvisational performances, we’ll start right away at 2 p.m. with the “Art Flood ’22”: sounds, movements and images will be created in our explo rooms and then flood down the staircases into the courtyard and the basement rooms.

Afterwards, we will celebrate in a quite conventional way – with delicious food and interesting encounters & conversations. Contributions to the buffet are welcome!

If you want to actively participate in the performance, please register here for preparation: https://exploratorium-berlin.de/veranstaltung/interdisziplinaere-raumperformance-22-1/

Current Corona regulations: We ask for daily updated tests. Masks at own option.

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Why Improvisation?

Improvisation offers the opportunity to invent music, and to do so without notation. Moreover, this form of creativity is special because it takes place in a group setting. Like in a good conversation, the players develop ideas, which they would not have been able to find otherwise, by inspiring each other.

In the exploratorium we focus on so-called free improvisation, which needs neither scales nor harmony or rhythm schemes. The sound as such is the basis of music invention.

Lerning improvising and improvising learning is about collecting experiences in forming music, understanding music „from the inside out“ and getting involved in the musical flow. That requires alertness in every moment and intense listening to the other players as well as to the collective musical process.

Free improvisation means taking responsibility and contributing your own impulses while simultaneously adapting to a collective at any moment. Learning this is learning for life. To experience this in concert means to participate in a special adventure.


The exploratorium berlin

amateurs & musicians

to gain first experiences with improvisation and to establish contacts



to get to know concepts for lively improvisational music making


to deepen their own abilities, gain new experiences and get to know new players

musicians & ensembles

to perform, also in collaboration with artists from other fields

curious listeners

to experience concerts from young ensembles or internationally known musicians

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