Offene Ohren e.V. - Freunde der improvisierten Musik

Offene Ohren e.V. presents Improvised Music

Friday, 31 May 2019, 8 p.m.

KIM at Einstein Kultur

Capece - Dafeldecker DUO

Capece - Dafeldecker DUO

Lucio Capece, bass clarinet / AR
Werner Dafeldecker, double bass / AT
Photo left: © Kazimierz Ździebło

Lucio Capece and Werner Dafeldecker explore the overtone world of the two instruments as part of repetitive improvisation patterns. Symmetry, repetition and the resulting structures, as well as their manifestations are theme of the duo founded in 2010.

Minimal, often barely noticeable transformation of solitary material through subtle sonic changes illuminate the monolithic form of the acoustic pieces. Material changes show smooth transitions without being precisely marked out.

Werner Dafeldecker is an Austrian improvisation musician (guitar, double bass, electronics) and composer. He studied double bass at the Vienna Conservatory. Today he lives in Berlin. Werner Dafeldecker performed at the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, the Salzburg Festival, the Styrian Autumn Graz, the Total Music Meeting and the Berliner Festspiele as well as at festivals in North America, France and Australia.

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.

During his younger years in Buenos Aires, Lucio Capece was classically trained in guitar and jazz, later coming to favour reed instruments and compose with groups like Avion Negro and Casual. His unconventional solo performance tools now include helium balloons, pendulums, synthesizers/ noise-generators, and Ultra-Violet Lights.

As proclaimed in his interviews, he conceptualizes sound as “a living creature”, and his work tends to dig into the stages of its vibrational production, to spatial travel, and to perception.

Lucio Capece’s investigative spirit has led to longer-term projects: collaborating with Mika Vainio on the Trahnie release off Editions Mego, and a solo CD by the label Potlatch, called Zero plus Zero, which was four years in the making. He has performed with artists such as Radu Malfatti, Toshimaru Nakamura, Axel Dörner, Kevin Drumm, Rhodri Davies, Julia Eckhardt, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, and with the Q-O2 Ensemble, and tours internationally with invitations at festivals like Todays Art (The Hague),  Dis-Patch (Belgrade), Experimenta (Buenos Aires), All Ears (Oslo, Norway), and more.

Location: KIM - im Einstein Kultur
Entrance fee: 15 Euro, members of Offene Ohren e.V. 12 Euro


Friday, 07 June 2019, 8 p.m.

MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

Double SOLO Improvisations

Jordina Millà – „Males Herbes“

Jordina Millà

Jordina Millà, piano
Photo: © Roberto Domínguez

The Catalan pianist Jordina Millà represents the next generation of piano playing after Agustí Fernández, who discovered and promoted her.

She graduated as a classical pianist in Codarts University of Arts in Rotterdam and obtained the Master in piano performance. Nowadays free improvised music and contemporary language are her main interests.

In addition, she works in interdisciplinary projects, with theatre companies and dancers as Teresa Santos and Sónia Sànchez and Iris Heitzinger. Jordina Millà is member of Improject, Col·lectiu Free't and Trio Stalzim.

At the beginning of 2018 her first solo album "Males Herbes" was released. About this CD Agustí Fernández writes:

"A first album is always an open door, a new path being offered, a way of understanding and making music that (until that moment) did not exist.
[...] Over the course of the tracks that make up this album and that squeeze out all of the possible registers of the instrument, we find extreme concentration, focused listening (internal and external) and very feminine delicacy and determination, if one can say this.

We also find a deep restless calm, a kind of relentless path carving, a way of saying something without becoming overwhelming, but without truce. Intensity is not at odds with softness, and this album is the proof. [...]
At Jordinas hands the piano is alive!

Andreas Willers – „Drowning Migrant“

Andreas Willers

Andreas Willers, guitar
Photo: © Heinrich Brinkmöller-Becker

Andreas Willers is considered an exceptional guitarist. His stylistic background is enormous, the technical and tonal possibilities, which are supported by a secure sense of form and emotional power, are very broad.

He collaborated with outstanding musicians such as Paul Bley, Urs Leimgruber, Alvin Curran and many important musicians of the Berlin scene such as Johannes Bauer, Axel Dörner and Achim Kaufmann. As a composer and interpreter, he is active in various areas – including jazz and new music.

In the solo performance "Drowning Migrant" Andreas Willers refers to the material of his eponymous CD, which appeared in 2009 on the English label Leo Records. Here Willers' direct sound, focused on the early days of the electric guitar, combines with abstractly used electronics to form a unique meta-stylistic music.

A reference to refugee policy in Europe is not unintentional and has not lost any of its relevance since the CD release:

"Some years before the by now pervasive debate, the idea of drowning refugees made me think of a highly artificial but not destructive sound for the electric guitar that I tried to realize by means of digital effect algorithms (mainly reverb and parallel delays). This setup dubbed ‘Time Lag Accumulator 21’ by myself in reference to Terry Riley, was later reduced for concert purposes and is supposed to convey the disturbing insight, that mere ignorance does not make us innocent."

Location: MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur
Entrance fee: 15 Euro, members of Offene Ohren e.V. 12 Euro


Saturday, 15 June 2019, 8 p.m.

MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

Herr Borelgrip

Herr Borelgrip

Pierre Borel, saxophone / FR
Joel Grip, double bass / SE

Herr Borelgrip has been heard on the European improv music scene since 2010. Both the Swede Joel Grip and the Frenchman Pierre Borel are outstanding improvisational performers.

Their music undergoes a constant change - continuous development.
  Simultaneously: starting, stopping.
    Interrupts. Erupts.
     Interacting intuitive energy / intense contemplation.
      Audible focus.
      A dotted silence questioning the ongoing.
      Hits the guts, at the same time welds wounds.
    Takes all under consideration.
  Then erupts again.
Moves on at the moment it stops, and starts all over again.

Since 2003 Joel Grip has been one of the main organisers of Hagenfesten in Dala-Floda, Sweden. He is the founder of Umlaut Records. In 2014 he established the film production company Umlicht with other filmmakers.

Pierre Borel has been living in Berlin since 2006. In 2008, he attained a master's degree in jazz at the Jazz Institute in Berlin and continues questioning music and life through his studies in philosophy in Paris.

Together with Florian Bergmann and Hannes Lingens he is running the Umlaut Berlin collective that released numerous records and organized three festivals for improvised music in recent years.

As active members of the Umlaut Records collective Berlin their focused and individual artistic expressions are amplified through new means of artist-run organizational work – as soloists or group members of small and big ensembles like Peeping Tom, Obliq, SNUS, Pierre Borel Septet. They have played with improvisers like Axel Dörner, Miya Masaoka, Alan Silva, Burkhard Beins, Sven-Åke Johansson, Raymond Strid and many others.

Location: MUG – Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur
Entrance fee: 15 Euro, members of Offene Ohren e.V. 12 Euro


Logo Kulturreferat LH München

The friends of improvised music of the Offene Ohren e.V. would like to thank the Kulturreferat München for its continuous help allowing to present improvised music in Munich.


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