Sunday, 16. December 2018, 20 h (Saal 1)

SeriesImprovisation International”

Ensemble de Musique Improvisée en Résidence (EMIR) (FR) meets Berlin friends and other guests

Laurent Charles – saxophone | Emmanuel Cremer – cello | Gérard Fabbiani – bass clarinet | Charles Fichaux – percussion | Lionel Garcin – saxophone | György Kurtág jr. (HU) – synthesizer

Berlin friends:
Rudi Fischerlehner – drums, percussion | Reinhard Gagel – piano, accordion | Emilio Gordoa – vibraphone | Brad Henkel – trumpet | Hui-Chun Lin – cello | Klaus Kürvers – double bass | Matthias Schwabe – flute, viola, objects | Biliana Voutchkova – violin | Ute Wassermann – voice | Håvard Wiik – piano

Further guests:
Vlatko Kucan (BA/DE) – clarinet, saxophone | Philippe Lemon – saxophone

The EMIR music collective is active in the improvisation scene and was founded in the early 2000s as part of the Autour de l’Improvisation meeting initiated by double bass player Barre Phillips. For a few days, it comes to exploratorium for a residence to meet Berlin musicians, with whom they also play the concert.

Barre Phillips is one of the great figures of jazz, free jazz and free improvisation since he first entered the stage in New York in 1962, to coin the genre in its early days together with companions such as Jimmy Giuffre, Archie Shepp, Attila Zoller, Lee Konitz and Marion Brown, and then in the 70ies with colleagues like Dave Holland, John Surman, Stu Martin, Peter Kowald, Derek Bailey, Peter Brötzmann, Joe Maneri or Paul Bley. For many years he lives in southeastern France. Due to illness, Barre Phillips unfortunately had to cancel his participation in the residency at exploratorium at very short notice, which we greatly regret.

Originally “organically” organized, in 2008 the EMIR ensemble increasingly institutionalized itself to devote itself entirely to improvised and experimental contemporary music. By playing exclusively improvised music, EMIR has developed a degree of coherence and musical logic that goes far beyond the mere performance of concerts.

“EMIR is pure music, alertness, attentive look, precise listening to capture the qualities of the moment, natural interaction and the spontaneous weaving of unlikely textures. An improvisational ensemble that is both free and innovative.” (Joêl Pagier, Improjazz)

On Saturday, December 15, at 5 pm, musicians of the EMIR collective will speak with Reinhard Gagel in his Labor – Lectures über Improvisation #18 on the Centre Européen pour l´Improvisation – a European Initiative for Improvisation.

Admission: 12 / 10 / 6 Euro (normal price / reduced / Berlin-Pass)
Reservations at or (030) 84 72 10 52.

19 h: soundwalk with Thomas Gerwin


Here you find information about our past concerts in 2018.