Saturday, 25. Mai 2019, 20 h (Saal 1)

Concert series Improvisation International

Ute Wassermann – voice
Phil Minton (GB) – voice
Thomas Lehn (AT/DE) – analogue synthesizer
Martin Blume – drums, percussion
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Magda Mayas – piano
Liz Allbee (US/DE) – trumpet

Since 2008, the high-calibre quartet speak easy has successfully collaborated with the two vocalists Phil Minton and Ute Wassermann as well as Thomas Lehn on analog synthesizer and drummer and percussionist Martin Blume. Now they play a jubilee concert for the 15th birthday of exploratorium.
speak easy completed numerous national and international appearances, among others at the festivals Wels Unlimited 2009 or at the Nickelsdorfer Konfontationen 2016. With speak easy xtended the quartet expands its circles. In 2019, they play four concerts in each of the members’ residencies: Berlin (Wassermann), London (Minton), Dortmund/ Bochum (Blume) and Vienna (Lehn). At each location, two local guests complete the ensemble to a sextet. In the first set they always play a quartet in original line-up, and the second set includes the guest musicians. At exploratorium pianist Magda Mayas and trumpeter Liz Allbee will be joining the group.

Phil Minton is one of the most original vocalists in contemporary music. In the last fifty years he has been almost always an improvising singer in groups, orchestras and other constellations in various locations around the world. Some composers have written pieces that use in particular his extended vocal techniques and improvisations. The vocal artist Ute Wassermann has been researching her own extraordinary and polyphonic vocal techniques since 1984. She has developed a systematic catalog of timbres, registers and articulate sequences. Her polyphonic singing generates resonant phenomena in the room. Thomas Lehn has been working intensively with analog synthesizers since 1989, especially with the EMS Synthi A. Deeply rooted in his origins as a pianist of classical as well as composed and improvised contemporary music, he has developed a distinctive “language” of live electronic music whose inner syntax is more acoustic-instrumental as electronic sounds. Martin Blume, whose play is determined “by a filigree sound aesthetic, whose driving moment is not only the rhythmic energy, but above all the harmony with the other instrumentalists” (Reinhard Kager SWR), works since the early 1980s in the international context of the avant-garde of jazz, improvised and new music in a variety of formations.

Over the past 20 years Magda Mayas developed a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using amplification, preparations and objects that become extensions of the instrument itself. Liz Allbee is a trumpeter who works with the “imaginative” potential of sound material. Recurring themes in her work include embodiments and extensions – relationships between human player, musical instruments, everyday sound objects, and high and low technologies.

speak easy 2016 live @ Nickelsdorfer Konfrontationen

speak easy 2008: The Loft Concert (trailer)

Kindly supported by Musikfonds and the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien

Admission: 12 / 10 / 6 Euro (normal price / reduced / Berlin-Pass)
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Here you find information about our past concerts in 2018 & 2019.