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Founded in 2000 by Gregor Hotz, Andrea Neumann, and Steffi Weismann to create
a platform for new experimental music beyond established institutions ‐ is
a monthly series of concerts, performances, and video, now curated by Fernanda
Farah, Christian Kesten, Andrea Neumann, Arthur Rother, and Derek Shirley in
a small venue called KuLe in the center of Berlin.
ausland is an independent venue for music, film, literature, performance and other
artistic endeavours. Inaugurated in 2002, ausland is run by a collective of
volunteers (= ausländers): Artists themselves and/or culture & DIY-enthusiasts
from different backgrounds and countries.
The art- and project space WestGermany is committed to confront and integrate
artspecific contexts with urban, social and aesthetic structures of the local
environment. The space is a contradictory display meaning to touch different
concepts of reality emerged by a cultural crossover of energy and progress,
illusion and disillusion in the middle of one of Berlin's most critical and
paradigmatic spots of social life (Kreuzberg / Kottbusser Tor).
Dzialdov is a contemporary art space in Berlin Germany founded in 2014 Organized
by a loosely joined group of people. We develop an alternative program of exhibitions,
performances and events Open on Sundays from 1â€”6 pm during running exhibitions.
SPEKTRUM is a space of convergence for cultural communities and transdisciplinary
groups emerging and operating in and off Berlin. Above all, we are an open
space promoting participatory processes to co-define and co-design a social
and physical playground for curiosity and critical understanding.
Jazzkeller 69 e.V. was founded in October 1991. The intention of Jazzkeller
69 e.V. is to present lively, dedicated jazz music, especially in the field
of improvised music. Border crossings to other genres are welcome.
Das O Tannenbaum ist eine Drehscheibe für Experimente und obskure Projekte
zwischen Musik, Klang und Kunst in Berlin. Die Bar ist der Projektraum von
Olé Records in Neukölln, Berlin, eine Location, in der Musik, Performance,
Film, Video, Hörspiel und Events mit dem kühnem Geist des Individualismus und
verpflichtender Originalität über die Bühne (hahaha) gehen.
Oft Avantgarde-Live-Musik-Acts am Start.
BERLIN'S ECHTZEITMUSIK ORCHESTRA
The Splitter Orchester, founded in 2010, is a Berlin-based collection of internationally
respected Composer-Performers which draws inspiration from many genres, most
noticibly contemporary/improvised music. Splitter Orchester originates from
the "Echtzeitmusik" scene, which emerged in Berlin in the mid-1990s - a locally
based and globally networked experimental music scene and long-term platform
for the exchange of artistic ideas.
Les Femmes Savantes was founded in 2005 as an interdisciplinary composer-performer
ensemble by five Berlin-based female composers/musicians from Germany, Argentina,
Sabine Ercklentz - composition, trumpet, electronic
Andrea Neumann - composition, inside piano, mixer
Ana Maria Rodriguez - composition, electronics
Ute Wassermann - composition, voice, birdcall whistles, resonating objects
The Maulwerker a vocal ensemble - music performers - music theater-makers -
a composers' collective. They are specialists at the intersection of music
and theater and music and language, they operate where music and space, sound
and silence interpenetrate.
Sven-Åke Johansson is one of the style-defining drummers of the German
free jazz era of the 60s and 70s. From the 80s onwards, he pursued an artistic
path largely independent of institutions and groups as a music performer in
the circles of fine arts and new music. Among other things, more than fifty
record releases, a number of music theater pieces, radio plays, pictorial
works and a lively touring life are among his oeuvre.
Christian Kesten is a composer, sound and intermedia artist, vocalist and performer.
His work explores the relation between sound and space by focusing on the physical
activity of creating the sound and the physicality of the sound itself. His compositions
include instrumental, vocal, site-specific works and composed theatre.
Burkhard Beins, born 1964 in Lower Saxony, lives in Berlin since 1995. As a
composer/performer working in the fields of experimental music and sound art
he is known for his definitive use of percussion in combination with selected
sound objects. Furthermore, he works with live-electronics/analog synthesizers
and has conceived several sound installations.
Musician - Composer - Performer
Annette Krebs, born in Homburg-Saar. Her focus is on composition, improvisation
and interpretation. After first studies in music with Manfred Ridil, she graduated
at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main in 1992.
Since 1993, she lives in Berlin as a musician and composer.
Axel Dörner is one of the most unique voices in free improvisation. He developed
a completely different language for the trumpet in the late 1990s. Most of the
ensembles he is part of are characterized by a non-hierarchical collaboration
of the musicians involved.
Turntablist, composer, sound & visual artist & curator. Since late 1995
he works and lives in Berlin where he became an active and integral force of
the so-called "Berlin Nouvelle Vague" and the blossoming "real time music" scene.
The berlin-based clarinetist and composer/performer focuses on a subtle musicality
of sound and noise phenomena. as an autodidact he has developed dubious manners
on his instrument. as a natural-born abstract he includes an insidious expressivity
and a pre-melodic quality to his music.
Having developed her very own language, the Swedish sound artist and composer
Hanna Hartman creates compositions that are exclusively made up from authentic
sounds which she has recorded around the world.
Lucio Capece is an Argentinian-born musician based in Berlin since 2004. His
installations include the use of noises and pitched sounds, with the intention
of drawing attention to surrounding space and the perceptual experience. In groups,
Capece plays electro-acoustically improvised music, with instruments of choice
including the soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, and the Shruti Box.
With Margareth Kammerer the form of the song is expressed through early blues,
folk, sound research, experimental voice, and the "Lied". Her minimal approach
allows the texts and melodies to unfold without adhering to the structure often
imposed or implied.
Guitarist, composer, electronica
The main emphasis of his work is an interest in open methods of composition.
His guitar playing straddles tradition and the development of a personal language
that includes extended playing techniques and the preparation of the acoustic guitar.
Olaf Rupp plays Improvised Music on the acoustic and electric guitar. The
organic flow of his music is guided neither by chance nor by dominant, wilful
decisions. In his music he explores how more or less dense murmurations of
notes (motion-clusters) can be perceived as one agglomerated sound in motion.
This means that every note is a dot in a higher matrix and its colour is more
important than the position of that note in any hierarchic classification system.
So a sequence of notes creates a moving sound, not a melody. And the intrinsic
colour of every note is more important than the melodic or harmonic burden
which the listener may or may not put on it.
Robin has redefined the tuba's potential both in the areas of noise and microtonality.
His unique playing ability is recognized the world over, - his absolutely personalized
language has been utilized by such ground breaking composers as Alvin Lucier
and Christian Wolff - not to mention, himself.
Equally at home across a broad range of musical environments, Michael is an
explorer of timbre, rhythm, melody and noise. Echoing the investigations of
the last generation of improvisers, his research has led to a greater focus
on the minutia of sound and the power of simplicity.
Magda Mayas, born 1979, is a pianist living in Berlin. Over the past 20 years
she 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.
Chris is a veritable encyclopaedia of New, Old, Odd, and Specialised musical
artefacts - a knowledge that informs a versatile and generous musical mind.
His contributions to the orchestra on the rarely heard Contrabass Clarinet
are deceptively simple, and absolutely essential.
Matthias combines an interest in complex sound, slowly evolving structure and
the dynamic potentialities introduced by the music of the English improvisers,
most notably trombonist Paul Rutherford, into his broad vocabulary. Equally
at home supporting subtle ideas, as he is providing the impetus for volcanic
activity - in short, its never about him, and always about the band.
Profoundly engaged in understanding the many complex opportunities and issues
raised within large improvising ensembles, Sabine has directed and performed
"Soundpainting", an universal multidisciplinary live composing sign language,
has performed in "Cobra" and the radical notational and organizational methods
of Anthony Braxton. Her deep understanding of these approaches inform her
individual contribution to the group, as well as aiding the collective itself.
Liz Allbee combines radical objects, extensions and techniques to the trumpet,
removing valves, or adding bells where and when the music requires. She is a
constant source of surprise, counterpoint, humour, support and unforseen sonic
Fernanda Farah was born in Curitiba, Brazil. Works with Contemporary Music,
Theatre and Performances. Fernanda Farah has acquired a multiple education
in Brazil in theatre, music, dancing and singing. Lives in Berlin since 2001,
where she collaborates with composers, musicians, performers, film-makers
and also her only solo theatre work.
Michael Vorfeld is a sound and visual artist based in Berlin, Germany. His
installations generally focus on the spatialization of light, using minimalist
architecture and sound design to attain pure, crystalline shapes. His music
is centered on his use of bowed cymbals and homemade string instruments to
create shimmering, microtonal music rich in overtones.
Tony is regarded as one of Australia's most creative and adventurous exports,
with vast experience across the globe. As a drummer, percussionist, improviser,
guitarist, video maker and producer, he has been involved in a highly diverse
array of projects
Alessandro Bosetti (Born Milano, Italy, 1973) is a composer, performer and
sound artist currently based in Marseille.Most of his works delve on musicality
of spoken language and sonorous aspects of verbal communication. He utilizes
misunderstandings, translations and interviews as compositional tools.
Obsessed with cello and space, string scientist Anthea is as deeply involved
in the worlds of Sound Art as she is music. She can transform her cello into
a feedback and noise generator with the flick of a wrist.
Morten works with a sound palette that encompasses the history of orchestral
percussion, electronics and rock - a fountainhead of possibilities that he
manages with pin-point critical perception and exceptional taste.
A classically educated concert pianist, Simon is an experienced teacher, arranger,
accompanist and performer. He left Australia, and a career as a concert performer,
to pursue the open framework of improvisation. He brings an acute intelligence,
and a highly developed formal awareness to his playing.
The live-electro-acoustic trio PERLONEX was founded in late 1998 and has performed
and toured in Europe, Asia, Australia/NZ and North America extensively since
then. Ranging from prominent contemporary music festivals to underground noise/punk
clubs, from art galleries to obscure improv backrooms the wide variety of venues
they have played marks out the musical spectrum of the group.
Ignaz Schick - turntables, live-electronics
Jörg Maria Zeger - electric guitars
Burkhard Beins - percussion, objects
Mikroton Recordings releases and distributes CDs and LPs, primarily focusing
on the newest forms of free electronics, from a wide range of world-renowned
musicians, being an artistic platform for sound explorations with electronic
and mixed instrumental media.
Corvo Record is a label for sound art and contemporary music, founded 2010
in Berlin by Wendelin Büchler. We focus on the production of primarily
vinyl records and art books. Each of the label's release, is ambitiously produced
with the highest possible sound quality and great care for both the visual and