Offene Ohren e.V. - Freunde der improvisierten Musik

Concerts 2013

Saturday, 30 November 2013

ad hoc music 2013
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Foils Quartet

Foils Quartet in concert

Matthias Müller - trombone
Mark Sanders - drums
John Edwards - bass
Frank Paul Schubert - soprano saxophone

Complex, subtle interplay, occasionally interspiced with ferocious eruptions, will conclude the Offen Ohren concerts at MUG for this year.

Berlin musicians Frank Paul Schubert and Matthias Müller have been working as a duo since 2008, after having met in diverse constellations of the Berlin scene.

With Foils, they restrict themselves to the unusual lineup of soprano saxophone and trombone. Avoiding superficial contrasts as suggested by the instruments, they rely on a blending of sounds instead. Despite their agility and turbulence both voices manage to achieve a homogenous sonic flow with more of a textural than a narrative character.

An at least as unconventional lineup is the duo of drummer Mark Sanders and bassist John Edwards. Since the nineties both are ranked among the most creative and prominent protagonists of the British improv scene. Their brilliant teamwork can be heard in trios as well, for instance with Evan Parker and Veryan Weston.

In 2011 the idea emerged to bring the two duos together to form the Foils Quartet, resulting in a highly original example of the contemporary art of improvisation.



Thursday, 31 October 2013

ad hoc music 2013
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Niklas + Taku

Paul + Taku

Taku Mizuta Lippit - Turntable
Niklas Wandt - drums

Embracing an exchange of cultures (West vs. East), musical coneptions (analog instrument vs. sampling/reconstruction), sound sources (acoustic vs. electric), Niklas and Taku promise to bring us a thrilling dialogue full of variety. Niklas Wandt was recommended to us by Paul Hubweber, himself a duo partner of Taku as well as Niklas. This fresh young drummer from Cologne jumped into Free Jazz head over heels as a fourteen-year-old via Albert Ayler and Peter Brötzmann's Machine Gun.

An ideal counterpart, then, for Takuro Mizuta aka DJ Sniff. Born in California, raised in Tokyo, having worked at the STEIM in Amsterdam, and currently living in Hong Kong, Taku is a true cosmopolitan and musical free spirit transcending all categories. Taku's most successful projects include performances with percussionists, among others with Tatsuhisa Yamamoto and Mark Sanders.


Sunday, 27 October 2013

ad hoc music 2013
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

XuBaby plus

Baby Sommer, Gunda Gottschalk, Xu Fengxia

Günter Baby Sommer - drums
Gunda Gottschalk - violin
Xu Fengxia, guzheng, sanxiang, voice

Two thirds of this trio appeared at the opening concert of the first ad hoc music festival in 2005. Then still at the Seidlvilla in Schwabing, the duo You Lan showcased an encounter of the Chinese gusheng and the European violin full of improvisation, emotion and raw intensity.

This time around the two power women have joined forces with a drummer who can arguably be described as the most representative figure of all-German "jatz". Technical mastership, humor, exuberant inventiveness, instrumental diversity, empathy for all kinds of musical partnerships - all these are Baby Sommer's trademarks.

These three strong personalities are a sure bet for a memorable concert highlight!


Friday, 18 October 2013

ad hoc music 2013
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

low voice - high flow

Christian Weber, Carl Ludwig Huebsch, Ninh le Quan

Carl Ludwig Hübsch - tuba
Christian Weber - bass
Ninh Lê Quan - bass drum, percussion

A brandnew trio opens the "Exchange" season of ad hoc music in 2013. Accordingly, communication and exchange are the key concepts for the interaction of these improvisers, who can draw on personal friendship and a technical mastership acquired through years of experience to engage in a joyful dialogue.

Tuba, bass and big drum - so many deep sounds sound like deep thinking. As a matter of fact, German Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Swiss Christian Weber and Frenchman Ninh Le Quan are able to produce a dense web of communication with their low-range equipment.

Through the use of self-developed playing techniques never heard before, the instrumensts reach unexpected pitches. But even working in the traditional sound spectrum, the three improvisers play a dynamic music, at once harmonious and distinctive, fascinating and full of surprising turns.

Förderverein Jazz und Malerei e.V. 10 Euro


Friday, 11 October 2013

MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Timeart – Four Winds

Masaki Iwana Butoh dance

Masaki Iwana  - Butoh dance
Matthias Muche  -  trombone
Sven Hahne  - visuals, electronics
Michel Doneda  -  soprano saxophone

Matthias Muche, trombone, and Sven Hahne, video plus sound electronics, appear as a duo named Timeart. For their visit to MUG they bring along two special guests: the exceptional French improviser Michel Doneda with his soprano saxophone, and Japanese dancer Masaki Iwana, a former student of the founder of traditional Butoh dancing.

The new project goes by the name of Four Winds.

Concert goers can expect a fireworks display of visual and sonic impressions, at best comparable to the memorable light and sound transformations realized by the ensemble Cri du Coeur at MUG late in 2011.

The stage area turns into a self-contained, highly sensitive system with the dancer acting as a living sculpture and every impulse traversing the "materialities" of body, electricity, air and light - a confrontation between archaic human expression and the abstract world of digital computing. The necessary software is developed by the ensemble's programmer.



Thursday, 19 September 2013

MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Johannes Nästesjö & MemoCassette

Johannes Naestesjoe & MemoCassette in concert

Hans Nyman - guitar
Johannes Ahlberg - laptop
Sol Andersen - laptop
Hampus Norén - laptop
Johannes Nästesjö - bass

Even for Offene Ohren there are always new and unknown sounds to be discovered: Swedish bassist Johannes Nästesjö called our attention to the laptop/guitar quartet MemoCassette.

Grounded in jazz by a double bass, a guitarist and three laptop artists from Sweden rely on samples and spirited sounds full of humor to take us on a rollercoaster ride through avant-garde, ethno-music and noise.

Johannes Nästesjö and MemoCassette will turn your listening habits upside down and revel in putting them through the grinder of their digital soundprocessing machinery.

The musicians are kindly supported by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee Schweden Arts Grants Committee Schweden.


Friday, 13 September 2013

MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Boom Box Trio

Boom Box Trio in concert

Thomas Borgmann - saxophone
Willi Kellers - drums
Akira Ando - bass

Willi Kellers seems to share a love for special dates with us:

Having officially inaugurated MUG at Einstein on 11-2-2011 together with Alan Tomlinson and Chrisoph Winkel, on 13-9-2013 he will bring along the Japanese bassist Akira Ando and saxophone heavyweight Thomas Borgmann, who more than once stood his ground against Peter Brötzmann.

What Boom Box presents is anything but dull retro free jazz. The pioneers of past jazz generations (Albert Ayler and Frank Wright, to name only two of them) are rediscovered in new light, and we are surprised to find that free imrpovisation, melodies and harmonies go together extraordinarily well.

"Boom Box know how to reconcile avant-garde and tradition. The sounds created by the band are delicate, animating, resilient and recognizable, deliberately freeing their "jazz" of any artificiality." [Klaus Hübner at Westzeit]


Monday, 17 June 2013

MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Triple the Double Bass

copyright Sebastian Gramss, Tetsu Saitoh

Tetsu Saitoh (Japan)
Barre Phillips (US)
Sebastian Gramss (Germany)

That's what you call luck! After securing a final gig for the tour "Double the Bass" undertaken by the bassists Sebastian Gramss and Barre Phillips, both of whom already appeared at Offene Ohren concerts, we can now announce a unique encounter of these two with yet another bassist - Tetsu Saitoh. A wonderful transcontinental summit of three masters from USA, Germany and Japan.

Tetsu and Barre have known each other for years, and there is even a CD with the same lineup (Nobuyoshi Ino playing the third bass). Tetsu recorded other CDs with Barre as well as with more performers at earlier Offene Ohren concerts, such as Michel Doneda, Joelle Léandre, Urs Leimgruber, Lê Quan Ninh.

Sebastian Gramss has Japanese ties as well: Frank Gratkowski's OirTrio features him as its second and percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani as its third member.

A most unusual meeting of three worldclass bass improvisors!



Saturday, 01 June 2013

Piano Spring 2013
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Elisabeth Harnik & Katharina Klement

Katharina Klement - piano
Elisabeth Harnik  -  piano

There still is no common recording of the two Austrian pianists, even though their paths frequently crossed in the past. In 2006, for instance, they appeared together at the piano festival - then the contribution of Offene Ohren to ad hoc music - as part of the Austrian ensemble Soundog. At that time, alongside one piano only a clavichord was available, this time we will have two partly prepared grand pianos.

After her classical piano training, Elisabeth Harnik studied composition with Beat Furrer. Appearances as improvisor and performer of new compositions, particularly her own works, since 2000. She received many awards and grants; in 2010 she was artist in residence at OMI International Arts Center in New York. Additionally, she is involved in music education and has realized several interdisciplinary school projects.

Katharina Klement is active as composer-performer in the field of notated and improvised, electronic and instrumental music. Instrumental and electronic compositions, emphasis on spatial conceptions, crossover projects involving music, text, video, performance. Numerous multi-channel compositions in combination with instrument(s) and /or vocals show the range of her approach. Her particular interest lies on the piano and its extended playing techniques and on sound installations.


Monday, 13 Mai 2013

Piano Spring 2013
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Agustí Fernández

Agustí Fernández in concert

Agustí Fernández  -  piano

Agustí Fernández is no longer an unknown for Munich's Jazz and avant-garde audience. Most recently, he appeared twice at the BMW Jazz Award 2012, with his compatriot Ramón López on drums and bass allrounder Barry Guy, in the trio Aurora showing his lyrical and theme-oriented side.

But percussive sounds and noise are also part of his repertoire, as he strikingly demonstrated in last year's ad hoc music concert with Mats Gustafsson and Peter Evans at the Unterfahrt.

Still another facet of his playing, the cooperation with electronics and computer performers like Manuel Berenguer, could be witnessed during ad hoc music's second edition in 2006, then still at Klanggalerie t–u–b–e.

Now we will see Agustí Fernández at the same venue (under its new name MUG - Munich Underground), with new concepts and ideas: virtually no preparation of the piano interior that were a defining element of his earlier approach, instead a highly proficient pianist's searching examination of his instrument, of the place's acoustics and history and of his personal involvement.

This concert was at the same time our 100th concert! Many friends of improvised music celebrated this special event with us. We were very glad that we could even welcome Dr. Hans Georg Küppers, Director of Munich´s Municipal Department of Arts and Culture.


Friday, 19 April 2013

Piano Spring 2013
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Wodrascka & Agnel

in concert

Christine Wodrascka - piano
Sophie Agnel  -  piano

Christine Wodrascka delighted her audience already in March 2011, when she gave a four-handed piano performance together with Geneviève Foccroulle. This project - called 4M - was presented by Offene Ohren at the Black Box.

Now we have another piano duo, this time on two instruments, and again a francophone meeting. Her musical partner is Sophie Agnel, a classically educated pianist, who nonetheless is willing to tackle her instrument from every conceivable angle.

This goes for Agnel's solo playing that explores keys, wood, interior and strings in equal measure - but no less for her duo approach with associates demonstrating her musical world: vocalists Phil Minton and Catherine Jauniaux, guitarist Olivier Benoit or Christine Wodrascka.

Christine Wodrascka says about her musical background that she is a child of Free Jazz. Alongside her solo work, trios have a special significance for her music. The varying lineups tell us much about the pianist's enormous stylistic range: from reduced fragility with Didier Lasserre and Benjamin Duboc to dynamic expressivity with Gerry Hemingway and Jean-Luc Cappozzo. Last not least, spontaneous meetings like the trio with Mark Sanders and Evan Parker.

Her musical attitude is best described by the word effervescence - an exuberant temperament informing her artistic activities.


Friday, 12 April 2013

subsonicspace 2013
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Keune & Lovens

Keune & Lovens in concert

Paul Lovens – percussion
Stefan Keune – saxophone

Back to the roots, you could say. As early as 1994, Stefan Keune played at the Ruhr Jazz Festival in a quartet with John Russell on guitar, Hans Schneider on bass and, yes, Paul Lovens on drums. 19 years later, Paul and Stefan get together again.

Stefan Keune already performed twice in concerts for Offene Ohren: in 2005 as John Russell's ideal partner for the last OO concert at the Phoenix Lounge, and in 2007 at Gasteig's Black Box together with Hans Schneider and percussionist Achim Krämer. Stefan, who back then concentrated on the alto and sopranino sax, will also bring his baritone sax this time.

Paul Lovens no longer needs an introduction in Munich since he is well-known here from his many concerts with with Sebi Tramontana, the trio PaPaJo and particularly the legendary Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio.


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

subsonicspace 2013
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Schweizer Holz Trio & TiefTonTrio

trios in concert

Schweizer Holz Trio
Hans Koch – bass clarinet / sopranino saxophone
Omri Ziegele – alto saxophone / voice
Urs Leimgruber – tenor sax, sopranino saxophone

Philipp Kolb – tuba
Udo Schindler – bass clarinet
Markus Heinze – baritone saxophone

We are very anxious to see how the two opposing trio concepts and the six individualists involved will jell into a whole mastering the balancing act between archaic expressionism and finely structured sonic layering.

Schweizer Holz Trio
Three reed players, three contemporary voices that could not be more diverse. Common to all of them is the probing of their respective instruments up to the furthest limits and the absolute will for unconcealed, unvarnished expression.
Their improvisations are collective explorations into the realm of primal human sounds. Whether precipitously eruptive, noisily silent or cheerfully narrative - nothings remains unheard-of.

Mature, professional interplay of New Music and Jazz within a subversive cloak of improvisation, full of sonic adventures and instrumental virtuosity, presented by three internationally active protagonists.
The three ensemble members share a keen curiosity for everything that is experimental, spaced-out, close to the edge, transcending genres and rules. Instant composing is the guiding principle for investigating the sonic capacities of the instruments and employing them in a way that benefits the group context.

The tour of the Schweizer Holz Trio is kindly supported by the Swiss Arts Council prohelvetia ProHelvetia


Saturday, 02 March 2013

subsonicspace 2013
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein


facet in concert

Adrian Myhr – double bass
Joris Rühl – clarinet
Maciej Sledziecki – guitar

The music of Facet is based on improvisational strategies influenced by electronic sound collages, northern minimalism and NoWave.

"Facet's trio music is dense, compact and - despite the lineup's chamber music look - highly concentrated, even entrancing. To the point where clarinet and double bass are employed percussively to produce a rattling reminiscent of the proverbial trembling of aspen leaves.

All in all, very sophisticated and, yes, tender music. After the first piece is over you might still wait for the eruption. It's a good thing that it never comes." Quoted from Felix Klopotek in Stadtrevue Köln. Naturally, Offene Ohren were curious about the music so luminously described and are proud to be able to present this trio at MUG.


Thursday, 21 February 2013

subsonicspace 2013
Kleiner Konzertsaal, Gasteig


limaro in concert

Burkhard Schlothauer – violin
Eiko Yamada – recorder
Nicolas Desmarchelier – guitar
Xavier Charles – clarinet
Ulrich Phillipp – double bass

Chamber music? New experimental music? Improvised music?

LIMARO is a quintet that eludes easy pigeonholing. The lineup is special – not the instruments as such, but their combination.

The music is surprising: subtly balanced textures, at once broken up and structured by precise and sometimes harsh interjections. Delicately flowing, atmospheric soundscapes manage to run on organically without having to draw on harmonic interaction.

From out of the polyphonous, polyrhythmic fabric of sensitively contrasting structures, strings and reeds will converge time and again - individually or in groups - into parallels.


Logo Kulturreferat LH München
The concerts 2013 are organised by Offene Ohren e.V. (main organiser) and City of Munich, Department of Arts and Culture (co-organiser).



Concerts 2012

Friday, 30 November 2012

ad hoc music 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Blume - Houtkamp – Russell

in concert:  Blume, Houtkamp, Russell

Martin Blume (D) - drums
Luc Houtkamp (NL) - saxophone
John Russell (GB) - guitar

Three old friends from the very beginning of Offene Ohren (2005) come together for the first time. While John Russell has been active at the MUG already - his workshop in 2009 is fondly remembered by all involved - it is high time, we think, for Martin and Luc to reappear here in Munich.

Drawing on experiences with computer music, electronics and genre-transcending ensemble projects, Luc Houtkamp will nonetheless bring to the fore the "analog" aspect of his saxophone playing here.

His equal partners in crime are Martin Blume and John Russell whose music vocabulary, technical authority and intellectual brilliance are bound to translate into a scintillating performance.

A superb ending for the eighth edition of ad hoc music and likewise for the Offene Ohren concert season of 2012.


Thursday, 15 November 2012

ad hoc music 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

pick up objects

in concert: Battus and Toulemonde

Pascal Battus (F) - pick ups
Olivier Toulemonde (F) - objects

Pick up objects is a project specifically developed for ad hoc music by French sound researchers Pascal Battus and Olivier Toulemonde. After an introduction to their respective acoustic worlds, they will explore common ground, accentuate differences and dovetail their arsenal of tools to realize a dialog of bizarre sonic worlds.

Pascal Battus already performed at Offene Ohren in another duet with the saxophone player Christine Sehnaoui-Abdelnour. This time though, the rotating sound generators he then used are replaced by pick-up microphones, bringing to life normally inaudible sounds and granting access to a fascinating, but normally unheeded everyday world.

Olivier Toulemonde, who currently lives in Berlin, is interested in the relationship of sound and space. In 1993 he was cofounder of the 20-piece ensemble Collectif Ishtar including experimental musicians and dancers alike.  The influence of these two factors - dance and experiment - is reflected in his current work. The specifics of a given performance space and the use of outlandish sound generators will give rise to visually surprising results as well.

These two experimental individualists only rarely appear together. All the more reason to look forward anxiously to this encounter at the MUG!


Wednesday, 14 November 2012

ad hoc music 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Subtle Lip Can

Falaise, Ceccarelli, Zubot,

Joshua Zubot (CDN) - violine
Isaiah Ceccarelli (CDN)- drums
Bernard Falaise (CDN) - guitar

Subtle Lip Can came about on a cold Tuesday night during "Mardi Spaghetti", an improvised music series by Montreal's music stage Le Cagibi.
The resulting sound was so natural, new and fresh, that the participating musicans decided on the spot to continue as a permanent trio. Bernard Falaise, Joshua Zubot and Isaiah Ceccarelli called their group Subtle Lip Can.

All three hail from the vibrant improv scene of Montreal. Together they developed a distinctive vocabulary of sounds that are bent, squeezed, crumpled, toasted and flash-frozen, making for a wholly new listening experience. The structures they create are unique and involve large dynamics ranging from contemplative soundscapes to frenetic eruptions.

With one live CD already to their credit, these promising newcomers have set out for their first European tour. This tour is kindly supported financially by "Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec".
remercie le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec de son appui financier


Monday, 12 November 2012

ad hoc music 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein


Obliq in concert

Hannes Lingens - drums & objects
Pierre Borel - alto saxophone
Derek Shirley  - double bass / bass synth

Obliq is a sonic mass in constant movement. Observing the characteristics of sound in every detail it moves in an abstract organic way, formed by three musicians on acoustic instruments in free improvisation.

Solistic passages are restrained in favour of a complex interlocking group structure. Working with a tendency towards rather quiet material opens a dynamic spectrum with a large potential for differentiation.

Coming from the Berlin scene of experimental music, the trio has toured various European countries and collaborated with artists like Christof Kurzmann (LP live at umlaut festival 2010), Ignaz Schick and Miya Masaoka.


Thursday, 25 October 2012

subsonicspace series 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein


in concert: Kaufmann, Willers, Dörner

Achim Kaufmann (D) - piano
Andreas Willers (D) – guitar
Axel Dörner (D) – trombone

Triple A plus - the highest ranking at the stock exchange - what has that got to do with an Offene Ohren concert?  Quite a lot, since we are concerned with the .A.A.A. Trio from Berlin that not only will give one of its all too rare performances but will also throw in, as a "plus",  one solo each!

The idea for this concert came about while listening intensively to quite a few recordings of the three participants, and so we are looking forward to Achim Kaufmann's lyrical to expressively explosive piano playing, to Andreas Willers' strangely unguitar-like, bubbling and swirling sounds as well as to Axel Dörner's aeroacoustical explorations.

In the trio, this huge stylistical background becomes the foundation for the love of experimentation and the courage to take musical risks. The various areas of improvised music a rarely covered in goose step, however, but rather fathomed for subtle nuances. What is presented onstage are the results of years of individual and collective musical experiences. Triple A plus!


Friday, 12 October 2012

subsonicspace series 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Duo Lasserre - Duboc

Lassere Schlagzeug und Duboc Bass

Didier Lasserre (F) - drums
Benjamin Duboc (F) - bass

Wood, skin, hair, metal - the instruments of this duo do not need any other archaic materials. The two Frenchmen prefer to let their music speak instead of claiming the spotlight themselves. And a creatively approached cymbal or drum is indeed enough to enchant the audience. Didier Lasserre has no wish to impress, his music is never loud or superficial, what matters is a complex fabric of overtones, subtle vibrations and resonances - colors for the ears.

Benjamin Duboc might be remembered from highspeed power groups like The Fish but he too has evolved into a dedicated explorer of the microtonal sounds produced by his instrument - together with likeminded improvisers or as a soloist.

Having reduced its sonic explorations to their essence, this duo nonetheless has to offer a universe of astonishing abundance that uncovers the unexpected complexity of simplicity.  Welcome to a virtual journey into the center of forgotten sounds.


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

subsonicspace series 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Duthoit & Hautzinger

Isabelle Duthoit and Franz Hautzinger

Isabelle Duthoit (F)- voice, clarinet
Franz Hautzinger (A) - trumpet

Duthoit and Hautzinger - quiet, complex concentration and soft shades should be expected from this duo.

With compliments from Gomberg but also from Isabelle Duthoit's classical clarinet education and her predilection for music works of the 20th and 21st centuries. At the same time, both are not averse, occasionally, to a more vigorous and even violent approach, as shown by some incarnations of the Regenorchester and by Isabelle's excursions into rock music.

Improvising and exploring the cosmos of their instruments are core concerns for both musicians. This becomes especially clear from Hautzinger's biography, whose unique style and meticulous disassembling of the quarter-tone trumpet would not be imaginable without his physical stamina. 

While Franz already performed for Offene Ohren - in 2007 he took part in the world premiere of a trumpet trio consisting of him, Axel Dörner and Mazen Kerbaj - Isabelle will be here for the first time; during the visit of SIX in 2008 she had to be replaced at the last minute by Anne Gillot.


Saturday, 15 September 2012

Lautwechsel 2012 - Freie Münchner Musikszene im Einstein
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein


in concert: Limpe Fuchs, Jacques Foschia

Limpe Fuchs (D)- percussion, performance
Jacques Foschia (B) - clarinet, performance

"A journey through the universe of expressionistic improvisation - the sound of music versus the music of sound" - this was how the Duo Fuchs & Foschia was announced in Brussels for their first joint performance ever in 2011.

Offene Ohren is pleased to bring these two musical individualists together for their first joint concert in Munich. Allround sound artist Limpe Fuchs and Belgian clarinet player and shortwave radio artist Jacques Foschia can be counted on for an evening of truly unusual music. An evening drawing its fascination from the contrasting characters of the musicians as well as from a plethora of sounds charmed out of the excentric array of instruments.


Saturday, 08 September 2012

subsonicspace series 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein


Blonk, Vorfeld, Marwedel Collage

Dirk Marwedel (Wiesbaden, D) – extended saxophone
Jaap Blonk (Arnhem, NL) - voice
Michael Vorfeld (Berlin, D) – light bulbs

A pioneer of the Offene Ohren concerts is opening our fall season of 2012. Similar to our third concert for the year 2004, Dutch voice acrobat Jaap Blonk will be part of a very unusual lineup. This time around we will hear and see Dirk Marwedel's extended saxophone and Michael Vorfeld's lightbulb sets.

Extend your concert experience into other dimensions. The readily apparent visual component of Vorfeld's light installations  will be joined by Jaap Blonk's mathematical-scientific studies and Dirk Marwedel's astounding saxophone playing (informed by his work as a stone sculptor).


Tuesday, 29 May 2012

subsonicspace series 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Evans - Parker - Pluta

Parker Pluta Evans

Sam Pluta [electronics]
Evan Parker [saxophone]
Peter Evans [trumpet]

“Little Rocket Science“ might be an apt motto for the coming concert of this trio. Be that as it may, under the very same name – minus the little, but with the addition of the pianist Craig Taborn – they will fire off their first performances this May in London, Amsterdam and at the jazz festival of Moers.

Other than Craig Taborn, who is returning to USA immediately after the tour, the three rocket scientists are going to concentrate their efforts on the electronically amalgamated interactions of the brass and woodwind players at the MUG research laboratory.

Regular guests of Offene Ohren e.V. know and esteem both Peter Evans and Evan Parker as guarantors of high energetics and filigree precision. Sam Pluta’s computer will provide their basis, fusion and transformation into unprecedented sound galaxies. You can look forward to a great moment in rocket science!


Thursday, 26 April 2012

subsonicspace series 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

The Apophonics

The Apophonics

John Butcher [saxophone]
John Edwards [bass]
Gino Robair [drums]

The April concert within our subsonic space series will bring back „good old friends“ to us. However, don’t be misled – things have changed.

John Butcher and John Edwards, who were our guests in the Einstein-Kulturzentrum in 2009, have done more than “just“ look for an addition. Gino Robair (he was also one of the guests of Offene Ohren in 2009) does not only complement the duo, together with him the group has become a trio with even more  and totally new dimensions.

Thanks to a small gap in their appointment book, these exceptional musicians can make a stopover in Munich – which offers us a unique chance to be captivated by their virtuoso mastery of their instruments and their imaginative interplay.


Friday, 16 March 2012

piano spring series 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Duo Demierre - Lee

Duo Demierre - Lee

Jacques Demierre [piano]
Okkyung Lee [cello]

This concert offers us a chance to see and hear Jacques Demierre again. He was our guest in 2006, when he played in a trio with Barre Phillips and Urs Leimgruber.

We also have fond memories of cellist Okkyung Lee, who gave a performance together with the trumpeter Peter Evans in the autumn of 2010.

Even though their instruments might be deemed conventional, these musicians are anything but that. They enjoy trying out new things which they play highly emotionally. It goes without saying that they are both virtuosos.


Thursday, 15 March 2012

subsonicspace series 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Frank Gratkowski Surround-Project

Gratkowski Selbstportrait

Frank Gratkowski [8-channel saxophone & clarinets]

This concert was planned already in 2010. Frank Grtakowski designed his Surround-Sound-Solo-Project specially for the Eight-Channel-Soundsystem and the astounding acoustics of the MUG.

Clarinets and saxophones, electronics and the characteristic MUG-sound are the elements Frank Gratkowski uses for his unique multi-solo-event. Don´t miss this!


Thursday, 08 March 2012

piano spring series 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein


David Linnros und Lisa Ullen

Lisa Ullén [piano]
David Linnros [saxophone]

According to Thomas Millroth „perhaps the crème de la crème of Scandinavia’s present improvised music scene“.

Since her training at the Royal Academy of Music at Stockholm and the University of North Carolina Lisa Ullén has cooperated with a wide range of improvisers – most recently with Christine Sehnaoui and Gino Robair, who have both been guests of Offene Ohren as well.

The saxophonist David Linnros is particularly interested in the “physical side“ of music. In addition to a variety of musical partnerships he runs his own quartet together with Dror Feiler.


Sunday, 26 February 2012

subsonicspace series 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Hartmut Geerken & Jooklo Duo

Hartmut Geerken & Jooklo Duo

Virgina Genta [saxophone]
Hartmut Geerken [percussion & more]
David Vanzan [percussion]

Exactly 4 weeks after the premiere of “subsonicspace“, we will have the next meeting of local and international musicians.

Well, Hartmut Geerken, the well-travelled literary-musical artist, qualifies for both: he has played together with innumerable musicians with African or Asian roots, among them members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Furthermore, he has often given concerts with the Italian Jooklo-Duo. And now he will perform at the MUG for the first time.

What a blessing that the venue is under ground: otherwise Virginia Genta‘s tenor sax and David Vanzana’s drums together with Geerkens’s arsenal of percussion and wind instruments might blow the roof away.


Sunday, February 05, 2012

piano spring series 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Polaschegg - Schiller

Polaschegg - Schiller

Christoph Schiller [piano, spinet]
Nina Polaschegg [bass]

Christoph Schiller bridges the gap between the baroque spinet and the modern grand piano. His use of the inside technique when playing the grand piano has enabled him to develop a very unique style.

Apart from being a PhD in musicology and a music journalist Nina Polaschegg is also an enthusiastic double bass player.

This refreshingly unconventional duo stands out with its eagerness to experiment, explore tonal possiblities and to get the feel of new sounds in instruments that have been deemed so well-known.


Sunday, January 29, 2012

subsonicspace series 2012
MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein

Tobias Delius & Tristan Honsinger plus Enrico Sartori

Delius & Honsinger plus Sartori

Enrico Sartori [clarinets, altosax]
Tristan Honsinger [cello]
Tobias Delius [tenorsax]

Hook, Line & Sinker is the name of a recent quartet driven by Delius and Honsinger. But instead of bringing the other group members, Axel Dörner and Antonio Borghini, to Munich, the will meet up with the munich-based clarinetist from Italy, Enrico Sartori - who, interestingly enough, played another duo concert last December elsewhere in Munich with exactly this Antonio Borghini.

Tristan Honsinger plays in duo constellation with Enrico Sartori as well as with Tobias Delius. Also the two reed players know each other well. Consequently, we can count on a firework of virtuosity across all jazz styles and much further beyond. the latter notably for the absurd theatralics of Honsingers captivating stage presence - for him, classical cello cadences and comedian slapstick are just the blink of an eye apart.


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