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).
Das Sowieso Neukölln wurde 2008 in Berlin-Neukölln gegründet. Der Verein ist Mitglied im Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V.
A monthly series for new and experimental music at Tik Nord. Every third wednesday of the month.
MADAME CLAUDE is an upside down bar located in a former brothel in Berlin Kreuzberg. The place hosts concerts, DJs or events every night from 7pm till late.
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.
venue for improvised music and creative music pedagogy. Musical improvisation, as well as improvisation in the other arts ‐ movement, theater etc. ‐, is the focus of our work here.
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, and Sweden.
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.
Serge Baghdassarians & Boris Baltschun are artists and musicians based in berlin and work together regularly since 1999. their work moves between aether, performance and installation.
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.
Studio beige and Nicholas Bussmann
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 relationships.
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.
Stangl, Siewert, Hauf, Dieb13, etc. (Vienna)
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
The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms.
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 haptical aspect.
Founded in 2005 by Jakub Mikolajczyk, MonotypeRec is a independent record label and distributor based in Warsaw, Poland. Monotype also provides disc pressing and cover printing.
Record label from New Jersey run by Jon Abbey.
Potlatch is a french independent label working with significant performers of free improvised music.
Record label by Ernesto Rodrigues (Lisboa)
Record label by Felix Klopotek & Co. (Cologne)
Record label from Milano
Small danish record label with a wide range of sophisticated music
Italian record label of new music