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exploratorium berlin

for music and other arts,
for professionals & amateurs,
for teenagers & children, young & old …
for educators and scientists
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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april 2020

2020wed15apr20:0021:30FeaturedVocal improvisation – discover the expressive potential of your own voicestart postponed due to Corona Pandemic20:00 - 21:30 exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dlearn:Regular Courses


Christian Wolz


Wednesday, 15. 04. 2020 | 20:00 - Wednesday, 15. 04. 2020 | 21:30


exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D

Event Details

Continuous course in German language. For details see German version.

2020wed22apr18:1519:45FeaturedFeldenkrais + Improvisation18:15 - 19:45 exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dlearn:Regular Courses


Dragana Cukavac


Wednesday, 22. 04. 2020 | 18:15 - Wednesday, 22. 04. 2020 | 19:45


exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D

Event Details

FELDENKRAIS is a method with which we can optimize our action processes. It is used in dance, instrumental teaching, acting and singing to free the play from unnecessary tensions, to organize movements more efficiently and thus improve performance.

It is learning through movement and learning through experience. In gentle, coordinated movement experiments we explore and harmonize the movement.

After we have tuned the instrument “body”, we use the lightness and the changed kinesthetic feeling in the body to go new, surprising ways of improvisation – with or without instrument, vocally or dancing.

2020sat25apr(apr 25)12:00sun26(apr 26)16:00FeaturedThe Physicality of Sound12:00 - 16:00 (26) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Clearn:Weekend Workshop


Biliana Voutchkova


Saturday, 25. 04. 2020 | 12:00 - Sunday, 26. 04. 2020 | 16:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Event Details

The workshop explores the various ways of sound production in close relation to the physical aspect of the musicians movement.

The participants are centred in the process of discovery. Through open physical and sound improvisation exercises we will touch upon different practices always with the conscious understanding of our main goal – finding ways to express our own individual sense, finding our own voice and perceiving the outcome by intuitively reacting to the momentum. By being present we raise our awareness of the natural force leading the process of finding new relation between sound and movement. At the end of the workshop we will have an open performance with all participants. The workshop is suitable for musicians, actors, dancers and other performing artists.

2020sun26apr20:00FeaturedIrène Schweizer & Hamid DrakeCancelled due to Corona Pandemic20:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cstage:Improvisation International


Sunday, 26. 04. 2020 | 20:00


exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Event Details

cancelled due to Corona Pandemic


Irène Schweizer (CH) – piano
Hamid Drake (US) – drums, percussion

“Her piano playing is straightforward and crystal clear, her musical signature unique, her appearance charisma. Nobody else plays like that.”Irène Schweizer, piano icon of European free jazz and the first female jazz musician to receive the highly endowed Schweizer Grand Prix Musik, Switzerland’s most important cultural award. That was in 2018. Twenty years earlier, on March 28, 1998, she played for the first time at the Taktlos festival (co-founded by her) in Zurich with the American drummer Hamid Drake, one of the most respected drummers of free music.

Since then he has been her favorite drummer – and that means something! Because one of her specialties and preferred constellations are duos with drummers and numerous big names are her regular partners: Louis Moholo-Moholo, Günter “Baby” Sommer, Andrew Cyrille, Pierre Favre, Han Bennink and Joey Baron. About playing with Drake, she says: “When I play with Hamid, we have impeccable communication. Follow and lead is a question of mutual coordination and not a struggle for prominence, but an extremely elegant dialogue, so close, intimate and loving!” You can hear “abstraction paired with South African melodies – and not to forget, a large portion of delight in playing.” (Nina Polaschegg)


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


Irene Schweizer (Documentary)


#15 Irène Schweizer – brilliant jazz pionneer | Swiss Grand Award for Music 2018


Irene Schweizer/Fred Anderson/Hamid Drake

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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to experience concerts from young ensembles or internationally known musicians

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