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    • for young & old …
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    • for all with curiosity and desire for artistic expeditions

We understand improvisation as a kind of artistic everyday language, which is suitable as an introduction to music making as well as an art form on a high level.

We offer the whole range: concerts, workshops & courses, ensembles, open sessions, discussions and a library.
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2021fri22oct(oct 22)18:00sun24(oct 24)15:00FeaturedFurther Training Improvisation and Improvisation pedagogy18:00 - 15:00 (24) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Clearn:Weekend Workshop,further training

Lernraum, Weiterbildung Peter Jarchow


Peter Jarchow & guests


Friday, 22. 10. 2021 | 18:00 - Sunday, 24. 10. 2021 | 15:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C


Workshop in German language. For details see German Version

2021sun24oct19:3022:00FeaturedImprovisation as a Way of Life!? #17Trace 17: Metamorphosis in creative expression 19:30 - 22:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cplay:Art of Living

Spielraum, Lebenskunst 12/17 Lothar Hahn


Sunday, 24. 10. 2021 | 19:30 - Sunday, 24. 10. 2021 | 22:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C


Workshop & discussion with Lothar Hahn (Essential Theatre) and Rainer Stolz

Event in German language. For more information see German version.


2021thu28oct20:00FeaturedRecorded Landscapes: Sabine Vogel & Marta Zapparoli20:00 exploratorium berlin, studio 1, entrance C + Livestreamstage:Improvisation International

konzert recorded lanscapes und sabine vogel


Thursday, 28. 10. 2021 | 20:00


exploratorium berlin, studio 1, entrance C + Livestream


Recorded Landscapes
La Barca Vá: Duo Sabine Vogel & Marta Zapparoli
5 Seen: Solo Sabine Vogel

Sabine Vogel (DE): amplified flutes, bansuri in water, objects, video
Marta Zapparoli (IT/DE): radio receiver, antennas, tapes

Recorded Landscapes is a series of audiovisual pieces by flautist and composer Sabine Vogel, which deal with notions of home, nature and identity. Two of these will be presented, one of them in a duo with the Italian sound artist Marta Zapparoli: La Barca Vá (duo) and 5 Seen (solo).

Sabine Vogel says about her project: “The landscape in which I grow up shapes me. The things that I experience there, the games that I play, the impressions that I get, leave an imprint on my ‘being’, in my ‘layers of memory’. There is a connection between me and this place, this landscape. The landscape in which you grew up can give you a strong sense of home. As musicians we travel a lot, we are, so to speak, ‘at home all over the world’, but we usually have our roots in a very specific place. The individual biography of the musicians becomes the starting point of my compositions; it is, as it were, directly geographically inscribed in them.

What is it like when I share this place with someone? If someone sees this place through my eyes, gets to know it, perceives it? What if I share the stories I experienced there with this person? This can convey a deeper understanding of the respective culture and also the people and thus of course also have an impact on the music and the creative work together. Through shared experiences, tuning into the environment, hearing, perceiving, improvising and experimenting, the players approach the respective location. An audiovisual composition is created from the material, to which the players then add a new layer of sound in real time and thus create the process of an emerging ‘soundscape’ over and over again.

A rock formation manifests the creation process of a landscape, a recording process of movement and evolution. Visual details of such formations can be treated as graphic scores that are played to turn landscape into sound and this in turn can be recorded again; Recorded Landscapes is thus the manifestation of the process of an emerging landscape. What does this process of an emerging landscape entail? Isn’t it the case that every presence of an animal or a person changes the landscape for the moment of ‘being’? And does the landscape change me too?”

Sabine Vogel deals intensively with modern playing techniques, sound and improvisation and has developed her own vocabulary on her instrument, both acoustically and with the addition of electronic equipment and certain microphones. In her compositions she mixes flute sounds from the inside of her flutes, which are often on the threshold of the inaudible, the microcosm of her sound world, so to speak, with field recordings – recordings from the outside, the macrocosm. In her site-specific works, sound installations and live performances in nature, she deals with sound, place, time, moment and memory. Marta Zapparoli is an Italian sound and improvisation artist, performer and self-taught researcher whose career began in the musical underground scene in Bologna. At the age of 15 she began her training in fine arts and soprano saxophone and was also active in the experimental directions of theater, dance, performance and radio production. Since 2000 she has been particularly interested in experimental noise music and was a co-founder of the Hotelnuclear collective. She then developed her solo project, the focus of which is primarily on acoustic ecologies, outdoor recordings and noise pollution as well as electromagnetic frequencies. Since 2014 she has been working on a new project on “Inaudible Sounds”, which is based on the reception and recordings of phenomena made worldwide by radio frequencies, human-made noise signals, wireless communication and natural radio (VLF), which she uses in her live performances, sound interventions and installations.

5 Seen: https://vimeo.com/384520809


Admission: 12/10/6 €  (normal price/reduced/Berlin-Pass)


The concert will also be livestreamed via our YouTube channel:

2021fri29oct(oct 29)19:00sun31(oct 31)14:00FeaturedWords in transformation19:00 - 14:00 (31) exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dlearn:Weekend Workshop

Workshop Poesie JohannReißer


Johann Reißer


Friday, 29. 10. 2021 | 19:00 - Sunday, 31. 10. 2021 | 14:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D


Workshop in German language. For details see German version.

Why Improvisation?

Improvisation offers the opportunity to invent music, and to do so without notation. Moreover, this form of creativity is special because it takes place in a group setting. Like in a good conversation, the players develop ideas, which they would not have been able to find otherwise, by inspiring each other.

In the exploratorium we focus on so-called free improvisation, which needs neither scales nor harmony or rhythm schemes. The sound as such is the basis of music invention.

Lerning improvising and improvising learning is about collecting experiences in forming music, understanding music „from the inside out“ and getting involved in the musical flow. That requires alertness in every moment and intense listening to the other players as well as to the collective musical process.

Free improvisation means taking responsibility and contributing your own impulses while simultaneously adapting to a collective at any moment. Learning this is learning for life. To experience this in concert means to participate in a special adventure.

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amateurs & musicians

to gain first experiences with improvisation and to establish contacts



to get to know concepts for lively improvisational music making


to deepen their own abilities, gain new experiences and get to know new players

musicians & ensembles

to perform, also in collaboration with artists from other fields

curious listeners

to experience concerts from young ensembles or internationally known musicians

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