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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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january 2020

2020fri10jan(jan 10)18:00sun12(jan 12)18:00FeaturedAmerta Movement_for musicians and moversFacilitators: Bettina Mainz & Michael Dick18:00 - 18:00 (12) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Clern:Weekend Workshop


Friday, 10. 01. 2020 | 18:00 - Sunday, 12. 01. 2020 | 18:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

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Hearing the melody of movement, its silence and its noise – Amerta opens space for subtlety in movement

After an introduction to Amerta Movement last year, we are happy to offer a sequel.
Movement as an essential principle of vitality also interweaves our bodies as sound. Movement carries us far beyond ourselves as resonance and thus opens the field for communication and interaction.

In this seminar, we focus on the distinction between constellation, composition and context, as three basic ways of perceiving us in and referring with our environment. How can we explore this across the senses, hearing and feeling, vision and taste? Substance of contemplation in motion may then become, for example, the inner communion of touching and sounding, of sensation and melody.
The workshop is open to everyone, also for beginners!

Amerta Movement was initiated by the Indonesian movement artist Suprapto Suryodarmo and developed further in a more than 30-year dialogue between Western and Eastern culture. Rooted in Javanese philosophy and meditation, Amerta Movement is a practice that cultivates a high sensitivity, openness and presence. Improvisation happens in a context in which we develop receptivity and awareness of the constellation and composition of the moment.

2020thu16jan20:00FeaturedSo Seet20:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cstage:Improvisation International


Thursday, 16. 01. 2020 | 20:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

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Attention, program change! Unfortunately Sofia Jernberg has fallen ill at short notice. In her place Michael Thieke (clarinet) will play: http://www.michael-thieke.de


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.

Listen, … never stop, at the moment bring the purest, finest sound to the surface and feel the unheard. With an unrestrained urge for a new sound, the trio develops a very own musical language – beyond all drawers and genres. Free – without mesh and ripcord – but always appealing and sophisticated. “Highly virtuoso, full of care in detail – all in all: a miracle!” (DA Echo 2018)

Sofia Jernberg is the leader (together with the pianist Cecilia Persson) of the chamber jazz group Paavo.The group received the “jazz group of the year” award from Swedish Radio. She became known to a bigger audience as solo singer in Mats Gustafsson’s Fire! Orchestra. Sebastian Gramss is a double bass virtuoso and composer of jazz and contemporary music. In 2013 and 2018 he received the ECHO Jazz award (national instrumentalist of the year). in the field of improvisation he worked with musicians such as Marilyn Crispell, Fred Frith, Sidsel Endresen, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Tom Cora, Elliott Sharp, Peter Kowald, Zeena Parkins, Peter Brötzmann, John Tilbury, Philip Zoubek, Barre Phillips, Tetsu Saitoh, Mark Dresser, Barry Guy, William Parker, Joëlle Léandre a. m. m. The snare drum is a core part of Etienne Nillesen’s artistic practice. With an instrumental and physical approach, he explores and pushes the limits of the natural acoustics of the snare drum using conventional playing techniques as well as extended techniques and preparations.

Sofia Jernberg 2013
Sebastian Gramss – Solo Set, Wuppertal

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

19 h: soundwalk with Thomas Gerwin

2020fri31jan(jan 31)20:00sun02feb(feb 2)16:00FeaturedInternational Symposium: Current Research on Improvisation20:00 - (february 2) 16:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cthink:Symposium


Friday, 31. 01. 2020 | 20:00 - Sunday, 02. 02. 2020 | 16:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

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Presentation and discussion of current research on the phenomenon of improvisation

After several symposia on special research topics of improvisation that took place in recent years in the exploratorium, the symposium 2020 will present a wide range of research topics. We will invite musicians, researchers and scientists which we have worked with together in recent years and who are linked to the exploratorium berlin. As always, the emphasis will methodically be placed on artistic research, aiming to achieve a close fusion of artistic improvisation and research in the course, in the presentation and in the discussions. The symposium begins with a concert of the participating musicians on Friday night. The symposium events will open to the public. The symposium will be partially in German, partially in English language.


Saturday, 1.2.2020, 10 – 13:
Reinhard Gagel (Berlin, Wien): Einführung || Jean Charles Francois (Lyon): The Artistic Turn || Franziska Schroeder/Paul Stapleton (Belfast): Duos – Emergent musical structures created through networks of feedback || Sabine Vogel (Berlin) – Tuning-in || Christopher Williams (Berlin): On Perpetual (Musical) Peace? || Simon Rose (Berlin): Improvisation as Performance in Music

Saturday, 1.2.2020, 15 – 18 h:
Thomas Gerwin (Berlin): HÖREN, BEWEGT || Corinna Eikmeier (Hannover): Freiheit und Gewohnheit || Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen (Kopenhagen): Musical Graphics – A Journey of Self-Reflective Artistic Practice and Auto-Ethnography || Matthias Schwabe (Berlin): Das explorative Ensemble || Carl Ludwig Hübsch (Köln): ROWETOR || Christoph Baumann (Basel): Modell für Entscheidungen in der Freien Improvisation

Saturday, 1.2.2020, 19 – 21 h:
SOUP – Performance, talks, soup

Sunday, 2.2.2020: 11 – 16 h:
Helmut Bieler-Wendt (Regensburg): Der Sprung ins Leere || Alessandro Bertinetto (Turin)/Nicola Hein (Berlin): Improvising on Improvisation || Maria Reich (Berlin): Ausbildung zu mündigen MusikerInnen || Christoph Irmer (Wuppertal): Wir sind uns selber Fremde || Wolfgang Schliemann (Wiesbaden)/N.N.: On Radicalness in Improvisation || final discussions


Symposium conception and direction: Reinhard Gagel

Registration not required

Admission on donation basis (except concert)

Why Improvisation?

Improvisation offers something that is uncommon in music – 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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The exploratorium berlin


amateurs & musicians

to gain first experiences with improvisation and to establish contacts



to get to know concepts for lively improvisational music making


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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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