Thursday, 12. April 2018, 20 h (Saal 1)

Series “Improvisation International”

Kent Carter (USA) – double bass
Noel McGhie (JAM/F) – drums
Trevor Watts (GB) – reeds

“Legends of improvisation” at the exploratorium!

Since the 1960s, saxophonist, percussionist and composer Trevor Watts has been one of the most important innovators in jazz, world and improvised music – the only surviving founding member of the legendary Spontaneous Music Ensemble, in which he collaborated with John Stevens. In 1967, he founded the band Amalgam, which explored the territory between free improvisation and rock-oriented rhythms; in the 1980s he initiated various ensembles for moire music with percussionists from different African cultures.

Kent Carter is one of the most influential bassists of the 60s, not least as a pioneer in exploring new playing techniques for his instrument: a versatile musician in many contexts between free improvisation – as a member of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble –, classically structured Free Jazz and contemporary chamber music.

Although less well-known than the two colleagues, the Jamaican drummer Noel McGhie played an important role, especially in the glowing Paris scene of the 60s, with the ability to combine different music traditions between rock, funk, jazz and Caribbean influences and to merge seemingly disparate influences with each other.


Admission: 15 / 12 / 8  Euro (normal price / reduced / “Berlin-Pass”)
Reservations at or (030) 84 72 10 52


Here you find informations about our concerts in 2017 & 2018.