Tiger Trio

Sunday, 11. November, 2018, 20 h (Saal 1)

Series “Improvisation International”

Joëlle Léandre (FR) – contrabass
Myra Melford (US) – piano
Nicole Mitchell (US) – flute

The three improvisation masters Joëlle Léandre, Nicole Mitchell and Myra Melford have been forming the Tiger Trio for several years now. Their music is disciplined and focused; and their interaction is based on mutual understanding and unifying team spirit – unlike their name Tiger Trio or even the title of their album unleashed it may suggest.


The People Band

Sunday, 14. October 2018, 20 h (Saal 1)

Series “Improvisation International”

Terry Day – drums, percussion
Mike Figgis – trumpet, flugelhorn, electric guitar
Charlie Hart – double bass, electric bass, violin
George Khan – saxophones, flute
Paul Jolly – bass clarinet, saxophones, flute
Davey Payne – saxophones, flute

Six original members of the legendary British People Band are coming to exploratorium berlin and arouse their “anarchic energies and radical turbulence” with their “unfettered approach to improvising” (The Wire)!


Globe Unity Orchestra

Thursday, 27. September 2018, 20 h (Saal 1)

Series “Improvisation International”

Henrik Walsdorff – alto saxophone | Rudi Mahall – clarinet, bass clarinet | Axel Dörner – trumpet | Tomasz Dabrowski (PL/DK) – trumpet | Christof Thewes – trombone | Gerhard Gschlößl – trombone | Alexander von Schlippenbach – piano, direction | Tristan Honsinger (NL/DE) – cello | Oliver Steidle – drums

After having welcomed the legendary Schlippenbach Trio several times in the past, the famous Globe Unity Orchestra is now playing for the first time in the exploratorium berlin!


Iana // Owl

Sunday, 9. September 2018, 20 h (Saal 1)

Series “Improvisation International”

Promising are already the names of the two duos Iana and Owl. The pianist duo Iana (by Christine Wodrascka and Betty Hovette) is named after the Roman god Ianus, who stands for duality as well as for origin and end, openness and communication. The duo Owl (by Karl Bjorå and Signe Emmeluth) is named after the owl as a symbol of wisdom.


ensemble explorativ

Saturday, 25. August 2018, 20 h (Saal 1)

Series “explorations”

Simon Jakob Drees – violin, voice | Frank Fiedler – percussion | Thomas Gerwin – percussion, objects, electronics | Tayfun Guttstadt – ney | Klaus Holsten – flutes | Bettina Mainz – dance | Alexander Piper – percussion, objects, piano | Linda Scheckel – visual art | Janine Schneider – dance | Matthias Schwabe – flute, viola, percussion | Aida Shahidi – percussion, objects, voice | Rainer Stolz – words, voiceweiterlesen

Ensemble X

Sunday, 6. May 2018, 20 h (Saal 1)

Series “Improvisation International”

Tiziana Bertoncini (IT) – vl | Uli Boettcher – electr | Xavier Charles (F) – cl | Elisabeth Coudoux – vc | Nicolas Desmarchelier (F) – git | Markus Eichenberger (CH) – cl | Carl Ludwig Hübsch – tub | Harald Kimmig – vl | Dirk Marwedel – prep sax | Matthias Muche – tb | Uli Phillip – db | Angelika Sheridan – fl | Olivier Toulemonde (F) – obj | Michael Vorfeld – perc | Eiko Yamada – rec | Philip Zoubek (A) – p


Unusual sounds – EARable music

Concert for the whole family N°5

Friday, 20, April 2018, 17 h (Saal 1)

Series “family concerts”

Ensemble Sarotti Instant: Tatjana Bielke – musical saw, voice | Eglof Berger – electronics | Miriam Bondy – voice, percussion | Wulf Essen – flue, voice | Claudia Hartmann – voice, percussion | Kathrin von Kieseritzky – saxophone | Matthias Schwabe – flute, viola | Frank Zimmermann – cello


ZIMT & Kai Fagaschinski – please notice change of program

Sunday, 4. March 2018, 20 h (Saal 1)

Series “Improvisation International”

Angélica Castelló (MEX/A) – paetzolds
Kai Fagaschinski – clarinet
Andrea Neumann – inside piano
Burkhard Stangl (A) – guitars

The artistic exchange between Vienna and Berlin has a long tradition, so in the scene of free improvised music. This concert presents four musicians from the international improvisational scene, two living in Vienna and two living in Berlin. All of them know each other from numerous contexts. Here, they meet first time in this new quartet cast.

The originally announced ZIMT ensemble can not perform as two members of the ensemble had to cancel at short notice for urgent reasons.weiterlesen

Sound and Lecture – Improvisation in Dialogue

No10: Multi-Minded Multiphonics –
The Wuppertal Improvisation Orchestra (WIO)

concert and talk

Friday, 2. February 2018, 20 h

the Wuppertal Improvisation Orchestra (WIO)

Gregor Bohnensack  – trombone | Tobias Brügge – saxofone | Dušica Cajlan-Wissel – piano | Mark Charig – alto horn | Pacho Dávila – saxofones | Gunda Gottschalk – violin | Iouri Grankin – voice | Stefanie Heine – baritone-saxofone | Mitch Heinrich – voice | Erhard Hirt – guitar, electronics | Paul Hubweber – trombone | Christoph Irmer – violin | Matthias Kaiser – violin | Brigitte Küpper – voice | Pinguin Moschner – tuba | Joker Nies – electronics | Dietrich Rauschtenberger – drums | Marei Seuthe  – violoncello | Jürgen Tauchert – e-bass | Ute Völker – Accordeon | Norbert Zajac – voice

We are many. But how do we coordinate? How do we make decisions? How do we come to a sound worn by all? What distinguishes a large improvisational ensemble from other musical great forms? weiterlesen


Sunday, 14. January 2018, 20 h

Series “Improvisation International”

sound improvisations with 6ix

Jacques Demierre (CH) – piano
Thomas Lehn (D) – analog synthesizer
Urs Leimgruber (CH) – saxophone
Hannah Marshall (GB) – violincello
Dorothea Schürch (CH) – voice, singing saw
Roger Turner (GB) – percussion


ensemble explorativ

Sunday, 8. October 2017, 20 h

Series “explorations”

ensemble explorativ – teachers of the exploratorium live on stageFrank Fiedler – percussion || Thomas Gerwin – electronics, percussion || Ulrike Lentz – flutes || Annemarie Michel – piano, percussion || Wolfgang Schliemann – drums, percussion || Janine Schneider – dance || Matthias Schwabe – flute, viola, percussion || Aida Shahidi – voice, percussion || Rainer Stolz – words, voiceweiterlesen

Phillips – Smith – Sommer

Sunday, 16. July 2017, 20 h

Series “Improvisation International”

Barre Phillips (USA/F) – double bass
Wadada Leo Smith (USA) – trumpet
Günter Baby Sommer – drums

It is going to be a very special reunion! 12 years after their legendary concert with standing ovations at the Total Music Meeting 2005, they can beheard as trio again: Barre Phillips, improvising mastermind on the double bass, Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpeter, who was celebrated by the press at the Berlin Jazz Festival in 2016, and drummer Günter Baby Sommer from Dresden, long-time duo partner of Smith and one of the most important representatives of contemporary European jazz.
In the exploratorium, they meet as a trio for the first time after many years.weiterlesen

Drouet – Frith – Sclavis

Thursday, 29. June 2017, 20 h

Series “Improvisation International” – Tickets nur noch an der Abendkasse erhältlich! –


Jean-Pierre Drouet (F) – percussion
Fred Frith (GB) – guitar
Louis Sclavis (F) – clarinet, bass clarinet

“This trio not only manages to hold the listener´s attention, but to capture it. There is such a diversity of sound, a rich and invigorating palette, and a fascinating range created that interest never wanes. This is free improv all the way, but the journey is not simple nor the results haphazard. The strategies employed appear to be the consequence of the concentrated discipline that incorporates focused melodic interplay, harmonic sophistication, and sustained development. Every moment is filled with awesome wonder, the kind that wraps the listener in a phantasmagorical wonderland of mythical proportions, cleaving to the clarinet, merging, and expanding possibilities.”
Steven Loewy, in: Cadence Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 8, August 2001


Nashaz // Maggiore & Malatesta

Thursday, 1. June 2017, 20 h

Series “Improvisation International”


Andrea Neumann – inside piano, mixing desk
Sharif Sehnaoui (LIBN) – guitar
Michael Thieke – clarinet
Michael Vorfeld – percussion

Nashaz was founded in 2013 by three musicians of the Berlin “Echtzeitmusik”-scene, Andrea Neumann, Michael Vorfeld and Michael Thieke together with the guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui, based in Beirut. Sehnaoui is the founder of the Beirut Irtijal Festival and a central figure of the expanding scene of experimental music in Lebanon. In 2014, the quartet recorded its first album, which was published on Al Maslakh Records.
Their music explores the wide field of experimental music with a focus on the nuances and microcosmic details of the sound. There are always discreet tones of different musical genres such as spectral or electronic music, but also repetitive minimal music, which, like shadows, integrate into the fine-tuned musical network.

“Through subtle interplay and teamwork in the classical sense, the natives of Nashaz generate a sound cosmos that unfolds its entire tenderness in detail as well as in the overall phonological construct.”
Freistil (Austria) 10/2016


Maggiore & Malatesta

Luciano Maggiore (I) – speakers, playback devices
Enrico Malatesta (I) – objects

Luciano Maggiore and Enrico Malatesta based their work on the development of polyrhythmic and multi material sounds for an electro acoustic set. The duo uses percussion instruments, playback devices and different kinds of speakers, delving into a dynamic attitude which often reaches silence; here the sonic activity of the performance space and the musicians’ action penetrate into complex micro rhythmic layers in which gesture, material, soundscape and dynamics of the event plays a central role.weiterlesen

Flashmob I – II – III

Sunday, 28. May 2017

Flashmob I: 15 h – Naturpark Südgelände, Viadukt at entrance Prellerweg / S Priesterweg

Flashmob II: 17.30 h – Hall of station S Lichterfelde Ost

Flashmob III: 20 h – Oberbaumbrücke, starting on the western side


Series “explorations”


Flashmob Klang-Ensemble: Ines Bellaliz || Ruth Brüns || Frank Fiedler || Ruth Grünbaum || Christine Kucera-Waldmann || Gabriela Oehring || Matthias Schwabe (Leitung) || Bettina Senoner || Aida Shahidi
Anna Barth TanzArt Ensemble: Barbara Bachinger || Anna Barth (Leitung) || Saras Feijoo || Susanne Hermann || Kea Regina Pantel || Nicole Silbermann