Dear friends of improvisation,

welcome to the website of the exploratorium berlin, center for improvised music and creative music education.
Improvisation in music, but also in other art forms – movement, theater, poetry and fine art – has been the focus of our work since our foundation in May 2004.

  • Experiencing live improvised experimental music in concert
  • learning to improvise (even without previous knowledge!)
  • deepening existing improvisational experiences
  • getting to know concepts for improvisation with different target groups
  • meeting others who are interested in improvisation and exchanging with them in free play
  • reflecting on improvisation in special events
  • and reading texts in a small specialist library:

All this is possible in the exploratorium berlin!

We offer a wide variety of weekend workshops, continuous courses and continuous ensembles.
We have concerts about every 2 – 3 weeks, most of them with musicians from the international improvisation scene.
In addition, numerous improvisations-encounters, from the Open stage to the Soundwalk, from the 60-minute night music to the Impro-Treff U12, offer spontaneous ensemble improvisation, many of them with free entry.
Our library contains a large part of the literature on improvisation, in addition there are events that combine theory & research with improvisational practice.


Current news:

Our current program for the period August 2019 – January 2020 is online. The program overview can be downloaded as pdf-file, please click on the blue cover picture. The print version is in the exploratorium. As always, the details of the events can be found on this web page under the corresponding categories in the menu item “Our Program”.

As “legends” of improvisational music we have invited the British ensemble AMM in the seldom heard trio lineup Eddie Prévost – Keith Rowe – John Tilbury. Another British veteran of improvisational music celebrates his 80th birthday with a concert tour that also leads him to the exploratorium: Trevor Watts in the intergenerational quartet with Veryan Weston, Alison Blunt and Hannah Marshall. And another British veteran, John Russell, can be heard in concert with the two younger colleagues, Isidora Edwards and Biliana Voutchkova, and will afterwards be the facilitator of the workshop special: Free Improvisation with John Russell.

Our numerous weekend workshops are again geared to experienced and inexperienced, voices and instruments, experimental improvisation and traditional styles, and they focus on improvisation not only in music but also in other arts: dance, text and theater. New offers are vocal improvisation in Renaissance style on 23.-24.11. and a workshop for theatrical improvisation with the television actor Rudolf Krause on 6.-8.9. In the field of dance and movement we present Butoh with the great dancer and teacher Minako Seki (13.-15.12.) as well as the two fascinating improvisational movement approaches Amerta Movement (with Bettina Mainz & Michael Dick) and Authentic Movement (with Susanne Brian). Dragana Cukavac and the cellist Corinna Eikmeier present a weekend Movement and Sound with impulses from the Feldenkrais work (14.-15.9.). Of course, the musical area is also represented with a wide variety of offers, including the Intensive workshop for facilitating ensemble improvisation with Reinhard Gagel and Matthias Schwabe (3.-6.10.), Present Time Composition with Alan Bern (new date 26.-27.10!), Ute Wassermann’s voice lab, a workshop on extended techniques for instruments with Mazen Kerbaj (in cooperation with der Schaubude Berlin and its festival Klang der Dinge) and many others.

As a highlight of the coming season, the Department of Theory & Research will present a lecture by the well-known book author Harald Welzer (in German language) and a Symposium: Research on Improvisation.

Last but not least, we would like to point out our numerous open stages, our continuous courses and the continuous ensembles, some of which are still looking for new members.

We wish you a successful exploration of our events and hope to see you in the exploratorium soon

Matthias Schwabe & the team of the exploratorium berlin


The exploratorium berlin is a project of the Lilli Friedemann Foundation for improvised music and creative music education

More information about the exploratorium can also be found on Wikipedia.

The name Exploratorium is a licensed trademark of The Exploratorium Company, San Francisco, USA