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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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september 2020

2020thu03sep20:00Featuredkey_concepts #2: John Stevens – From the Spontaneous Music Ensemble to Search & ReflectGuest: Richard Scott, Moderation: Mathias Maschat20:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cthink:key_concepts

Zeit / Time

Thursday, 03. 09. 2020 | 20:00

Ort / Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt / Content

Talk in English

Guest: Richard Scott
Moderation: Mathias Maschat

In the second edition of the new Denkraum series key_concepts, Mathias Maschat talks to synthesizer player Richard Scott about his experience in the legendary workshops of the London drummer and pioneer of free improvisation John Stevens.

John Stevens (1940–1994) met Paul Rutherford and Trevor Watts in the mid-1960s and together they founded the Spontaneous Music Ensemble in 1965, which was to become one of the nucleuses of British free jazz and European free improvisation. Especially in the late 1960s, the SME, like the evening concerts he organized at the Little Theater Club in the City of Westminster (London), became a point of reference for the young generation of British jazz musicians – from Evan Parker to Derek Bailey, Paul Rutherford, Howard Riley, Maggie Nicols, Julie Tippetts to Barry Guy and James Muir.

Stevens developed a series of participatory pieces that enabled people with very different musical backgrounds and abilities to engage equally in creative improvisation. The pieces were published under the title Search & Reflect, creating a valuable manual for mediating and teaching improvisation. He tried out and used the pieces in countless workshops, which enabled him to train and significantly influence many musicians.

One of them is the composer and interpreter of electronic and improvised music Richard Scott, who attended Stevens’ workshops in the 1980s. He has been pursuing the idea of ​​publicly reporting on his time with John Stevens for some time, which will now be the first occasion. Music-historical thoughts are supplemented with general considerations for teaching improvised music.

Entrance fee: 5 Euro

Recording: https://youtu.be/-led60PN-5Y

2020sat05sep(sep 5)11:00sun06(sep 6)18:00FeaturedImprovising the Oriental WayPractical Introduction to Makam Basics11:00 - 18:00 (6) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Clearn:Weekend Workshop

facilitator

Tayfun Guttstadt

Zeit / Time

Saturday, 05. 09. 2020 | 11:00 - Sunday, 06. 09. 2020 | 18:00

Ort / Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt / Content

A Makam, the basic concept of all oriental music, is more than a scale. It includes rules of how to make use of the notes given. When these rules are followed, very different feelings can be created with the same scales or notes.

We will improvise together, starting with just a few notes and then, following the rules of the respective Makam, broaden the range. By doing this, we will develop new ideas of how to use the whole range of our scale and/or instrument and explore the richness of even single notes.

In the end, we will not only have gained ideas about the most common makams and makam concepts in general, but also a new vision on improvisation in general. All instruments and voice welcome.

Basic musical knowledge required.

Workshop language ist German and/or English according to the needs of the participants.

 
In times of Corona, special rules also apply in the exploratorium, which are summarized here: link

Please note that pre-registration is required for all events due to the limited number of places. The registration form can be found at the bottom of this page.

2020sat05sep14:0018:00FeaturedTheater improvisation and mindfulnesswords and voice14:00 - 18:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Clearn:Weekend Workshop

facilitator

Pedro Kadivar

Zeit / Time

Saturday, 05. 09. 2020 | 14:00 - Saturday, 05. 09. 2020 | 18:00

Ort / Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt / Content

Workshop in German language. For more details see German version.

 

In times of Corona, special rules also apply in the exploratorium, which are summarized here: link

Please note that pre-registration is required for all events due to the limited number of places. The registration form can be found at the bottom of this page.

2020sun13sep20:00FeaturedDEBACKER HÜBSCH JAVAID20:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cstage:Improvisation International

Zeit / Time

Sunday, 13. 09. 2020 | 20:00

Ort / Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Inhalt / Content

DEBACKER HÜBSCH JAVAID

Marlies Debacker – piano
Carl Ludwig Hübsch – tuba
Salim Javaid – saxophone

You should remember these names: Marlies Debacker and Salim Javaid. The Belgian pianist and the saxophonist with Czech-Pakistani roots are two distinctive personalities of the young generation of improvised and new music in Cologne. In a trio they play with the tuba player Carl Ludwig Hübsch, initiator of numerous projects that present improvisation in many variations on a high level: Ensemble X, Duo Hübsch Minton, Hübsch Martel Zoubek and many more.

The music of the trio is interaction with precise listening. Seemingly diverse approaches are carried by a consistent playing that focuses on the smallest moment. Extended playing techniques, “normal sounds”, apparent banalities or even virtuosity find their place in this universe without prejudice.  The form emerges by itself, held together by the rich aural treasure of the three protagonists. 

This diversity has a system: as organizers and “house band” of the Cologne improvisation series “Plattform Nicht Dokumentierbarer Ereignisse” (Platform of Non-documentable Events), the three of them have been meeting for years with various representatives of abstract improvisation.

 

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

19 h: soundwalk with Thomas Gerwin

 

Currently the number of available seats is limited and a concert visit is only possible with advance reservation. Please make your reservation using the form below and you will receive a reply with further information. You can find exploratorium’s current rules of hygiene by clicking on this link.

In addition, the concert will be broadcast as a live stream via our YouTube channel. Therefore the start will be start on time!

 

The concert will be presented as part of the Monat der zeitgenössischen Kunst.

 

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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.

 

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The exploratorium berlin
enables:

 

amateurs & musicians

to gain first experiences with improvisation and to establish contacts

 

teachers

to get to know concepts for lively improvisational music making

improvisers

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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