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.


ensemble explorativ

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

Concert series explorations

Susanne Brian – dance, voice | Simon Jakob Drees – violin, voice | Corinna Eikmeier – cello | Frank Fiedler – percussion | Thomas Gerwin – percussion, objects, electronics | Ulrike Lentz – flutes | Bettina Mainz – dance | Annemarie Michel – piano, sound objects | Linda Scheckel – visual art | Janine Schneider – dance | Matthias Schwabe – flute, viola, sound objects | 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.


Open stage

Exhibition with gouaches by Doris Kollmann, inspired by the workshop of Maggie Nicols

From Tuesday, 1.10.19, in foyer 2 of the exploratorium berlin (staircase D)

Opening at 19.30 h with the Whathappensnext-Ensemble Berlin


In March 2019, painter Doris Kollmann participated in the explo workshop “Whatever arises – Practices of Freedom” with Maggie Nichols. The intense experience in the group, the incredible energy and profound wisdom of Maggie Nicols’ were like a treasure the artist took to the studio. On the basis of recordings of the workshop, she was once again immersed in these improvisations. The gouaches combine remembrance, reflection and free improvisation on paper.weiterlesen

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.


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 | Peter Czekay – trumpet | Claudia Hartmann – voice, percussion | Hendrik Rüßmann – piano | Matthias Schwabe – flute, viola | all: sound objects

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.


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!


David Rothenberg & Elliott Sharp

Nightingales in Berlin & IrRational Music

Concert & Book Presentation

Thursday, 6. June 2019, 20 h: concert | 21 h: reading & talk (Saal 1)

David Rothenberg – clarinet, book presentation
Elliott Sharp – e-guitar, book presentation

In this exclusive Berlin event, Elliott Sharp and David Rothenberg first engage in duo improvisations followed by a conversation about their two new books and their philosophies.weiterlesen

speak easy xtended

Saturday, 25. Mai 2019, 20 h (Saal 1)

Concert series Improvisation International

Ute Wassermann – voice
Phil Minton (GB) – voice
Thomas Lehn (AT/DE) – analogue synthesizer
Martin Blume – drums, percussion
Magda Mayas – piano
Liz Allbee (US/DE) – trumpet

Since 2008, the high-calibre quartet speak easy has successfully collaborated with the two vocalists Phil Minton and Ute Wassermann as well as Thomas Lehn on analog synthesizer and drummer and percussionist Martin Blume. Now they play a jubilee concert for the 15th birthday of exploratorium.

Tony Oxley & Stefan Hölker

Sunday, 7. April 2019, 20 h (Saal 1)

Series “Improvisation International”

Tony Oxley (GB/DE) – electronics
Stefan Hölker – percussion

Tony Oxley is famous as a drummer and congenial partner of free jazz legend Cecil Taylor. Less known is his work as an electronic musician, which he presents together with the percussionist Stefan Hölker at exploratorium.


Trio Generations

Friday, 15. March 2019, 20 h (Saal 1) – change of programme!

Series “Improvisation International”

Maggie Nicols (GB) – voice, tap-dance
Lisa Ullén (SE) – piano
Matilda Rolfsson (SE/NO) – bass drum, percussion

Because Lisa Ullén had to cancel at short notice, the concert will take place with the following line-up:

  • Set 1: Duo Generations: Maggie Nicols & Matilda Rolfsson
  • Set 2: Duo Generations & Joel Grip (double bass)

Trio Generations are three free-improvising musicians from three different generations, all of them being important key figures in their respective cultural environments: The famous UK singer Maggie Nicols (*1948), pianist Lisa Ullén (*1964) from the core of Sweden’s improvisation scene and Swedish percussionist Matilda Rolfsson (* 1987) on whose initiative the band met 2016 in London for the first time.


Welche Farbe hat ein Pfiff? Und wie klingt die spitze Ecke?

Saturday, 2. March 2019, 15 h (Saal 1)  – has to be cancelled

Pupils of the  Johann-Strauß Primary School in Hellersdorf-Marzahn present results of their project in music and art.

Facilitators: Kathrin von Kieseritzky (musician) und Ynez  de Zilón (visual artist, sound artist)weiterlesen

Sound and Lecture – Improvisation im Dialog

Nº 12: [Tradition(en): Zerlegt & Zusammen: Gesetz] ensemble ɛkstʁaktə

Concert interspersed with discourse

Friday, 1. Februar 2019, 20 h (Saal 1)

Sandeep Bhagwati (IN/DE/CA) – musical direction | Sören Birke – blues harmonica, duduk | Gene Coleman (US/DE) (Gast) – bass clarinet | Klaus Janek – double bass, live electronics | Ji-eun Kang (KR) – Haegeum | Margret Köll –  baroque harp | Deniza Popova (BG/DE) – (bulgarian) chant |  Ravi Srinivasan (IN/MY) – hindustani chant, tabla, whistles | Hong Yoo (KR) – deageum, changgu

Do we actually stop to develop our listening? Do we always hear the same thing, even when we listen to foreign music? What is foreign music anyway? In a concert we want to explore these questions sensually and verbally.


Sestetto Internazionale

Thursday, 17. January 2019, 20 h (Saal 1)

Series “Improvisation International”

Sestetto Internazionale

Alison Blunt (GB) – violin
Achim Kaufmann – piano
Veli Kujala (FI) – microtone accordion
Gianni Mimmo (IT) – soprano saxophone
Ignaz Schick – turntables, objects
Harri Sjöström (FI/DE) – soprano and sopranino saxophone

Absolutely unusual lined up sextet, Sestetto Internazionale delivers intriguing inventive, fresher, refined instant compositions. Brilliant interplay, intriguing inner voices and tone nuance declinations are the sincere output of Sestetto Internazionale featuring some of the most innovative voices in the contemporary improvised music scene. Contemporary flavours, subtle narrations, detailed soundscapes and chamber music elegance in an engaging performance.