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. –, has been the focus of our work since our foundation in May 2004.

  • 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.


Our new programme for August 2018 – Januar 2019 can be be downloaded as pdf. Please click on the title picture on the left. Also, all events are online with single pages.

For our autumn-winter-program 2018/19, we have again invited “legends” of improvised music. This time it is the Globe Unity Orchestra, which will perform in a 9-member-cast on 27.9. as well as the British musician collective The People Band, which on 14.10. will play as a sextett in exploratorium. From the younger generation we have invited the French pianist duo IANA (concert on 9.9.), which performed at Donaueschinger Musiktagen last year, as well as the spectacular Tiger Trio with Joëlle Léandre, Myra Melford and Nicole Mitchell on 11.11.
Our “special guest”, who will perform a concert at the end of November and give a workshop for solo performances afterwards, will this time be the performer and vocalist David Moss. This and all other well respected concert ensembles can be found in the concert overview (which, however, is not yet completely online).

Amongst our numerous weekend workshop offerings, which focus on improvisation not only in music but also in other arts, there will be a dance workshop with Minako Seki (on 14. – 16.9.) and a weekend for vocal improvisation with Lauren Newton (on 16. – 18.11.). In addition, there are approved and new workshops for different art forms, for beginners, advanced and methodically interested, for excursions to oriental and folk 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 ten (!) continuous ensembles, some of which are still looking for new members.

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.

Exploratorium is a licensed trade mark of The Exploratorium Company, San Francisco, USA.