Offene Ohren e.V. - Freunde der improvisierten Musik

Offene Ohren e.V. presents Improvised Music in Munich

Dear friends of improvised music!

GoMaEdNa - Gordoa/Malfon/Edwards/Narvesen on July 12th was a great concert experience and a wonderful end to the first half of the year - for the numerous visitors as well as for the musicians and for us as the organisers. We all agreed on that.

Thank you for your support!

The summer break for Offene Ears e.V. starts in July. But there will certainly be plenty of opportunities to feed open ears over the next few months. You can also find some inspiration on this site: Festival list, CD's, addresses/links... Have fun!

For those who are curious, we would like to give a look at our autumn program. Look forward with us to seeing and hearing again and to four hand-picked, rare concert events:

Sunday, 08 October 2023, 8 p.m.

MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

Last Dream Of The Morning

Last Dream of the Morning

Mark Sanders, Perkussion / GB
John Butcher, Tenor-/Sopransaxofon / GB
John Edwards, Bass / GB

These three outstanding improvisational musicians have been performing as a trio since 2016. Last Dream of the Morning plays purely acoustically, the distinction between free jazz and improvised music is apparently irrelevant here.
Family ties and musical sources range from AMM to Sun Ra, but serve only as stepping stones into fascinating and dazzling new musical worlds that are simultaneously discovered, conquered and transformed, while at the same time appearing strangely familiar.

The blind understanding for each other, the technical precision, and the imaginative joy in storytelling make us wish that this morning dream may never be supplanted by harsh reality. A pleasure!

As a saxophonist, John Butcher deals with the uniqueness of time and place. His music ranges from improvisation, original compositions, multi-track pieces and explorations with feedback and the acoustics in unusual places. Since the early 80's he has played with hundreds of musicians on projects of all sizes.

Mark Sanders has worked with a variety of renowned musicians. In compositional situations, Mark appears in a number of projects including Christian Marclay's 'Everyday' for film and live music and John Butcher's 'Tarab Cuts' - both projects have been performed at major festivals across Europe and Brazil.

John Edwards is a true virtuoso whose breathtaking range of technique and boundless musical imagination have redefined the possibilities of the double bass and dramatically expanded its role, whether solo or in any group context.

This concert is made possible by the Federal Culture Prize Applaus.

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Location: MUG – Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur
Entrance fee: 15 Euro, members of Offene Ohren e.V. 12 Euro
The box office opens at 7:15 p.m.


Friday 13 October 2023, 8 p.m.

MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur



Villy Paraskevopoulos, Piano / GR
Uli Winter, Cello / A
Fredi Pröll, Schlagzeug, Perkussion / A

The pianist Villy Paraskevopoulos, who was born in Athens, trained at the Bruckner University in Linz and now lives in Vienna, has already caused quite a stir with his trio Hypnotic Zone. That the artistic paths of the bustling master of the white and black keys would sooner or later cross those of the duo Uli Winter and Fredi Pröll was a foregone conclusion.

The Ulrichsberg duo Uli Winter & Fredi Proell also operates under the name Va servito ben fresco: “Their fine-grained, freshly served spontaneous creations are based on seismographic interplay between planned nervousness and deceleration that sometimes scratches the threshold of audibility. The result is a pointillistic improvisation language of its own – extraord. [Hannes Schweiger, Magazin Concerto, Orig. deutsch].

After their festival performances in St.Johannand at the Kaleidophon Ulrichsberg, Austria, 2021 (via internet live stream) one can now look forward to a renewed collaboration as a trio, to sparkling arches between the jazz tradition and the free energy play, and – not to forget – the sound improvisation, whether lyrical or abstract noisy.

[...] [...] It is a great pleasure to listen to this trio in their substantial communication and improvised interaction, to their moving music.. [felix, freistil Nr. 88, Orig. deutsch]

Location: MUG – Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur
Entrance fee: 15 Euro, members of Offene Ohren e.V. 12 Euro
The box office opens at 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, 26 October 2023, 8 p.m.

im Gasteig HP8 (Sendling), Saal X

SORBD – die Improvisation ist weiblich


Mia Dyberg, Altsaxofon / DK
Edith Steyer, Klarinette, Saxofon / D
Sofia Borges, Perkussion / Portugal
Rieko Okuda, Piano / Japan
Isabel Rößler, Bass / D

SORBD brings together five musicians from the European improvised music and free jazz scene who have distinguished themselves as strong artistic personalities.

A unique sound language and the development of contemporary concepts of ensemble playing are the hallmarks of these five instrumentalists and composer: Edith Steyer, Rieko Okuda, Isabel Rößler, Sofia Borges, Mia Dyberg.

Improvisation in various constellations as well as conceptual compositional sketches lead us to expect a high degree of interactive joy in playing, surprising moments of noise and sensual sound images.

On Edith Steyer's YouTube channel you can get a concert impression of SORBD: concert on March 7th, 2022, in Berlin, Jazzkeller 69 @Kühlspot Social Club.

Location: Gasteig HP8, Saal X
Entrance fee: 15 Euro, members of Offene Ohren e.V. 12 Euro
Sale of tickets: box office and at München Ticket GmbH ->
(The Kombi-Ticket entitles you to a return journey with MVV)
The box office opens at 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, 16 November 2023, 8 p.m.

MUG - Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

Der Dritte Stand

Der Dritte Stand

Matthias Bauer, Bass
Rudi Fischerlehner, Schlagzeug
Matthias Müller, Posaune

Der Dritte Stand is a new trio from Berlin’s thriving experimental music scene.

The CD title and trio name, which translates as the Third Estate, or the common people, came about after a fellow musician noted that each player’s surname initially denoted an ancient and honorable profession“, explains Ken Waxman in the liner notes to the album.

The music is freely improvised and follows the impulses of the moment. From open, freely associated soundscapes to dense passages with distant echoes of free jazz, a wide range of possibilities of musical interplay are explored. A mutually supportive give and take and tension-filled alternations between solo, duo, and trio attest to the ensemble’s hierarchy-free structure.

To quote Ken Waxman again: „Hard working musicians, who subtly refer to creative music’s proletarian roots, the trio members demolish any charges of elitism on this disc. At the same time the breath of their ideas and skill in performance promulgated during the suite move the performances into the realm of unpretentious high art.

Location: MUG – Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur
Entrance fee: 15 Euro, members of Offene Ohren e.V. 12 Euro
The box office opens at 7:30 p.m.


We are very happy about our fifth APPLAUS-Preis in the category Best Small Venues and Concert Series, which we received from Claudia Roth, Minister of State for Culture, in Erfurt in November 2022.

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APPLAUS - Federal Culture Prize for Exceptional Live Music Programming, honors with the category Best Small Venues and Concert Series "in particular all those who realise extraordinary programs with just a few people and often little financial recources." []

The award ist not only an important non-material recognition. Thanks to the prize money, we can expand our spring concert program for you with some additional concert highlights.


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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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last update 04 September 2023