Trevor Watts 80th Birthday Jubilee: Dialogues with Strings (GB)

Sunday, 11. August 2019, 20 h (Saal 1)

Concert series Improvisation International

Trevor Watts – saxophones
Alison Blunt – violin
Hannah Marshall – cello
Veryan Weston – piano

The saxophonist Trevor Watts is an important key figure not only in the British improvisation scene. Together with John Stevens and Paul Rutherford in 1965 he founded the famous and influential Spontaneous Music Ensemble. He also worked with free jazz greats such as Don Cherry, Archie Shepp or Steve Lacy and cooperated frequently with musicians from African countries (Moiré Music and others). This year, it’s his 80th birthday, which he celebrates at various locations with jubilee concerts – one of them at the exploratorium berlin!


Usual Things – Unusual Sounds

Concert for the whole family with the ensemble SAROTTI INSTANT as part of the festival Klang der Dinge

Sunday, 8. September 2019, 15 h (Location: Schaubude Berlin,

Ensemble Sarotti Instant: Tatjana Bielke – musical saw, voice | Eglof Berger – electronics | Miriam Bondy – voice, percussion | Peter Czekay – trumpet | Claudia Hartmann – voice, percussion | Kathrin von Kieseritzky – saxophone | Hendrik Rüßmann – piano | Matthias Schwabe – flute, viola

The ensemble for free improvisation SAROTTI INSTANT was founded in 2007 in the exploratorium berlin. Since 2015 the ensemble has been developing forms of play that involve children in various ways, for example through musical quizzes or the co-determination of different ensembles or even musical processes. After the concert, the audience can explore many of the sound resources themselves.


Where is the Sun

Sunday, 22. September 2019, 20 h (Saal 1)

Concert series Improvisation International

Dieb13 (AT) – turntables
Isabelle Duthoit (FR) – voice, clarinet
Franz Hautzinger (AT) – microtonal trumpet
Martin Tétreault (CA) – turntables

Where is the Sun takes a whirlwind of organic sounds at the crossroads of acoustics and electronics. Its alchemy is so refined that one does not know, very often, who does what.


ensemble explorativ

Saturday, 12. October 2019, 20 h (Saal 1)

Concert series explorations

Simon Jakob Drees – violin, voice | Thomas Gerwin – percussion, objects, electronics | Ulrike Lentz – flutes | Ingo Reulecke – dance | Linda Scheckel – visual art | Matthias Schwabe – flute, viola, percussion | Aida Shahidi – percussion, objects, voice | Rainer Stolz – words, voice | Christian Wolz – voice

Improvisation in music, dance, poetry und visual arts: Once every year the ensemble explorativ brings together teachers from the exploratorium berlin live on stage – as a large ensemble as well as in small groups.


Mondolettosottoilcorvo & Fine Kwiatkowski

Thursday, 24. October 2019, 20 h (Saal 1)

Concert series Improvisation International

Fine Kwiatkowski – dance, video
Gandolfo Pagano (IT) – guitar, electronics
Willehad Grafenhorst – bass, electronics, video

If there is a dancer who stands for dance and free improvisation, then it is Fine Kwiatkowski! Since the 1980s, she has been working intensively with a large number of the most well-known contemporary improvisation musicians and constantly designs her own projects. Since then, she has consistently developed an individual dance and movement language in which improvisation is at the center of attention. In 2003 she founded the multimedia art project cri du coeur with musician and composer Willehad Grafenhorst. And it was likewise him who founded the duo Mondolettosottoilcorvo in 2018 with the Sicilian guitarist Gandolfo Pagano. The Live-Film-Dance-Music-Performance about a Sicilian grotto is their first collaboration as a trio.


Parole: Sound Poetry and Music

Thursday 14. November 2019, 20 h (Saal 1)

Concert series Improvisation International

Günter Christmann – cello, trombone
Michael Griener – percussion
Elke Schipper – concept, texts, composition, voice

Parole is since 1984 title of the sound poetry programs of Elke Schipper, which are performed as work-in-progress. Over the course of time, more and more new texts and pieces have been added, and there were different constellations with musicians. After almost every performance, texts and pieces are reworked, so that there are big differences between a version from 1990 and the one from 2019 under the same title.


Edwards – Russell – Voutchkova

Thursday, 5. December 2019, 20 h (Saal 1)

Concert series Improvisation International

Isidora Edwards (CL) – cello
John Russell (GB) – guitar
Biliana Voutchkova (BG/DE) – violin

The Chilean cellist Isidora Edwards is the link in this new trio: She played in duo with both the British guitarist John Russell and with the Bulgarian-German violinist Biliana Voutchkova. This led to the idea of ​​a merger as an ensemble, which is premiered at exploratorium.


WEISS-RAUM Offhandopera

Thursday, 19. December 2019, 19.30 h (Saal 1)


Adhoc text music format for voices & instruments, solo / choral

The Offhandopera Ensemble Berlin and other contributors invent, speak, sing and play.
Director: Reinhard Gagel

So Seet

Thursday, 16. January 2020, 20 h (Saal 1)

Concert series Improvisation International

Sofia Jernberg (NO) – voice
Sebastian Gramss (DE) – doublebass
Etienne Nillesen (NL) – prepared snare drum

In this trio, the award-winning Swedish-Ethiopian singer Sofia Jernberg, the exceptional Cologne bassist Sebastian Gramss and the specialist for prepared snare drum Etienne Nillesen meet for a liberated and liberating dialogue. The three musicians have been working together for a long time, most recently in a cooperation of the Double Bass Orchestra BASSMASSE in Cologne.


Sound and Lecture – Improvisation in Dialogue

N° 14: International Symbiosis

Concert interspersed with discourses

Friday, 31. January 2020, 20 h (Saal 1)

International symbiosis is an icon for a spontaneous ensemble made up of musicians who meet for the symposium Current Research on Improvisation in the days following the concert.