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exploratorium berlin

    • for music and other arts,
    • for professionals & amateurs,
    • for 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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august 2020

2020thu06aug(aug 6)10:00sun09(aug 9)15:00FeaturedUnfolding potentials, learning methods, finding criteriaIntensive course for facilitating ensemble improvisation10:00 - 15:00 (9) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Clearn:Weekend Workshop


Reinhard Gagel, Matthias Schwabe

Zeit / Time

Thursday, 06. 08. 2020 | 10:00 - Sunday, 09. 08. 2020 | 15:00

Ort / Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Event Details

Workshop in German language. For more details see German version.

2020sun23aug20:00FeaturedThePureVoiceAndThe DifferentDrum // Sung Rose20:00 exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Cstage:Improvisation International

Zeit / Time

Sunday, 23. 08. 2020 | 20:00

Ort / Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Event Details

ThePureVoiceAndTheDifferentDrum (DE)
Silvia Sauer – vocal
Wolfgang Schliemann – percussion

Sung Rose
Youjin Sung (KR/DE) – gayageum
Simon Rose (UK/DE) – baritone saxophone

With voice and percussion ThePureVoiceAndTheDifferentDrum draws a musical bow from crude archaic intensity to impressive musical delicacy. The duo of vocalist Silvia Sauer and percussionist Wolfgang Schliemann moves closely to the sound material and unfolds it with a spacious gesture, blurring the boundaries between concert and performance. Their improvisational collaboration started 2013, also occasionally performing with Eiko Yamada (recorder) und Susanne Resch (saxophone) as SSYR – Systerhood of Breath meets Percussion Syrprise.

Youjin Sung and Simon Rose have approached their collaboration through open form improvisation. In this way the music has been produced through the act of performance. This process produces trans-disciplinary outcomes: the music formed is singular – viewed as its own thing – rather than hybrid or ‘cross-over’. The two met when Sung attended a quartet performance of Rose’s in Berlin last year. Sung’s curiosity about open form improvisation was matched by Rose’s long term interest in Korean music and the possibilities for improvisation suggested by the gayageum: the music’s sound formations, particular percussive approaches, rich sonorities and special sense of time. The encounter becomes an opportunity to explore these rich musical features together with the harmonics, multiphonics, and sonorous range of the baritone saxophone. Through this unusual instrumentation and shared process, Sung Rose is a genuinely international, inter-cultural collaboration.



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

2020wed26aug20:0021:30FeaturedVocal improvisationcreative exploration and experimentation with the voice20:00 - 21:30 exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance Dlearn:Regular Courses


Christian Wolz

Zeit / Time

Wednesday, 26. 08. 2020 | 20:00 - Wednesday, 26. 08. 2020 | 21:30

Ort / Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 2, entrance D

Event Details

Workshop in German language. For more details see German version. 

2020sat29aug(aug 29)11:00sun30(aug 30)18:00FeaturedImprovisation: in Music, Dance and Elsewherepostponed to August due to corona11:00 - 18:00 (30) exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance Clearn:Weekend Workshop


Ingo Reulecke, Simon Rose

Zeit / Time

Saturday, 29. 08. 2020 | 11:00 - Sunday, 30. 08. 2020 | 18:00

Ort / Location

exploratorium berlin, Studio 1, entrance C

Event Details

Simon Rose (baritone saxophone) and Ingo Reulecke (dance) perform in duo and countless other projects. Both are extremely experienced mediators and active in artistic research.

The session is open to musicians and dancers as well as interested people of all disciplines.

We will work on basic key issues like

  • Trust
  • Integration of the body
  • Collaboration
  • Perception
  • Improvisation as an aesthetic practice
  • Intention
  • Process and
  • Aspect of performance

The practice-oriented session will work on embodying these themes and engage with the character of the group. Special knowledge is not required.

We teach in German and English.

Due to the corona pandemic, this workshop was postponed from June to August.

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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to perform, also in collaboration with artists from other fields

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to experience concerts from young ensembles or internationally known musicians

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