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Offene Ohren e.V. presents Improvised Music in Munich

In October 2023 Offene Ohren e.V. was awarded the Federal APPLAUS Prize in the category “Best Small Venue or Concert Series”. We are very happy, because – thanks to the associated bonus – we can offer additional concert highlights for you in our anniversary year 2024.

Thursday, 07. March 2024

Halle 6 - Raum für Zeitgenössische Kunst aller Sparten

Ballister

Ballister

Paal Nilssen-Love, drums [N]
Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello, electronics [USA]
Dave Rempis, alto, tenor saxophone [USA]
Photo: © Lasse Marhaug

This free-wheeling trio first came together at a closed session in 2009, and as any fan of improvised music can imagine, the band hit hard from the first note and hasn't looked back since.

The unabashed energy of Dave Rempis and Paal Nilssen-Love, coupled with the electrified cello antics of Fred Lonberg-Holm, make for a powerful listening experience that combines driving grooves with noisy textures and occasional melodic interjections. These sliding and overlapping rhythms often give the music a feeling as if a rug is slowly being pulled out from underneath the listener while the music still maintains a strong forward momentum. Reference points include the Julius Hemphill groups of the 70’s and 80’s featuring Abdul Wadud, Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time, and the early 70’s explorations of Miles Davis’ electric bands.

The band currently has 10 releases under its belt, spanning from 2010-2022 on labels including Aerophonic, Clean Feed, Bocian, Astral Spirits, Dropa Disc, and Not Two.  Their most recent two documented their last Europe tour in 2019 – Znachki Stilyag (Aerophonic, 2021) and Chrysopoeia (Not Two, 2022). 

The recording of their legendary performance at the Catalytic Sound Festival in Chicago in 2022 will be released in mid-January 2024 as a CD and LP Smash and Grab on the Aerophonic Records label (Dave Rempis). You can listen in advance on this site: https://aerophonicrecords.com/smashandgrab-cd/

Ballister is also coming to us as part of her 2024 European tour.
Attention: This will NOT happen in the MUG, but in Halle 6.
Come and listen, Your ears will be opened for sure!

Location: Halle 6 – right next to schwere reiter
Dachauer Straße 112d, 80636 München
Tram 12, 20, 21, Bus 53 (stop Leonrodplatz)
Entrance fee: 15 Euro, members of Offene Ohren e.V. 12 Euro

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Friday, 15 March 2024

MUG – Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

Ask 'em Y

Aks'em Y

Angelina Ertel, transverse flute, voice [D]
Stefan Krist, trombone, voice, objects [A]
Yu Miao, Guzheng, electronics [China]
Wang Meng (not on the photo), live visuals [China]
Photo: concert tour China 2019 (YouTube video see below)

The Chinese-German-Austrian trio Ask ‘em Y is committed to sensitive improvised music that incorporates influences from the musicians' different musical and cultural backgrounds, plays with them and alienates them with enjoyment, dedication and a wink, creatively renews them, underlines them, above all but allows everything that wants to be heard at the moment of playing.

The acoustic performance of this project will be further enhanced by the live visuals created by Chinese video artist Wang Meng, founder of the atomic visual studio in Shanghai (2013). As an example you can see his duo with Yu Miao on YouTube.

In 2018, Yu Miao and Stefan Krist did the “Lost and Sound” tour through China. In 2019, Ask ‘em Y toured China, with six concerts in Shenzhen, Wenzhou, Yiwu, Shanghai, Chengdu and Beijing. They performed at several concerts with musicians from the "small but fine" Chinese improvisational music scene. Concert impressions from this tour can be heard on Miao Yu's YouTube channel.

Yu Miao is a classically trained, very innovative guzheng player. She plays concerts in China and Japan, appears on TV and is active in many genres. But improvised music is her great love. Information and audio samples can be found on this site: https://lit.link/en/yumiaomusic.

Angelina Ertel studied classical flute in Cologne, but soon turned more to improvised music. She has been active in Vienna's independent improvisation scene for many years. She performed with Jakob Gnigler and Sylvia Bruckner at the artacts festival in St. Johann in Tirol in 2019.

The trombonist Stefan Krist was described as a “veterano dell'improvvisazione austriaca al trombone” by the Italian music critic Ettore Garzia in 2022 (https://www.percorsimusicali.eu/2022/12/29/strati-intonazioni-discordanti-politiche-dellaccostamento/) . There are various portraits of him that are worth reading, e.g. an interview by Andreas Fellinger in freiStil magazine in 2018 (#78) or by Alois Sonnleitner on mica – music austria.

Ask ‘em Y is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport.

https://www.bmkoes.gv.at/en.html

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

This concert is made possible also by the Federal Culture Prize Applaus, which Offene Ohren e.V. was awarded in autumn 2023.

Site Applaus-Award

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Wednesday, 20 March 2024

MUG – Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

Pink Forest

Pink Forest

Franz Hautzinger, quarter tone trumpet [A]
Benjamin Duboc, bass [F]
Guylaine Cosseron, voice [F]
Photo: Excerpt from Pink Forest CD cover

We know and love Franz Hautzinger as a restless explorer between cultures and musical styles. His archaic quartet Uruk, his crossover long-term project Regenorchester, but also his deeply moving solo concerts remain unforgettable. As one of the most prominent experimental musicians in the Austrian improvisation and jazz scene, he has worked with big names in the international avant-garde, from Elliott Sharp and John Cale to Christian Fennesz and Keiji Haino.

Franz Hautzinger has developed his quarter-tone trumpet into a completely new form of expression, from which he elicits bizarre tones and noises.
Most recently, Hautzinger was a guest of the Offene Ohren e.V. at the end of 2021, in a trio with Éric Normand and Tom Malmendier.

In the ensemble Icosikaihenagone of the busy French double bass player Benjamin Duboc, Franz Hautzinger also got to know and appreciate the outstanding vocal acrobat Guylaine Cosseron, who comes from Normandy. Her astonishing virtuosity allows her to undertake vocal explorations that are reminiscent of Sainkho Namtchylak or Phil Minton, with whom she has also already worked. She has also performed with Joëlle Léandre, Xavier Charles, John Russell, Michel Doneda and Sophie Agnel. In 2014 she was a guest at the MUG in the trio RHRR with Xavier Charles and Frédéric Blondy.

Benjamin Duboc is one of the most active artists in the Parisian scene of improvised music and the jazz avant-garde. He creates projects for small and large ensembles in which he crosses the boundaries of music and art in a very individual way. We will always have fond memories of him in the duo Le Funambule together with Sylvain Kassap in 2021 at the MUG.

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

This concert is made possible also by the Federal Culture Prize Applaus, which Offene Ohren e.V. was awarded in autumn 2023.

Site Applaus-Award

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Friday, 05 April 2024

MUG – Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

Milla - Cajado - Takara

Milla-Cajado-Takara

Jordina Millà, piano [E]
Vinicius Cajado, bass [Brasilien]
Mauricio Takara, percussion [Brasilien]
Photo (von left to right): © Aida Lesan, Luke Marantz, Carla Boregas

This trio, which the Catalan pianist Jordina Millà founded together with the Brazilian bassist Vinicius Cajado and the Brazilian drummer/percussionist Mauricio Takara in 2023, defies simple genre categorizations.
Improvisational art and contemporary music flirt with South American rhythms and post-rock beats, elegantly provokes the listener and lets them immerse themselves in a very unique sound.

Jordina Millà thrilled the audience at the MUG in 2019 with her solo performance and in a duo with Andreas Willers. After her classical pianist training in Rotterdam and Paris, today - thanks to Agustí Fernández - her main interests are free improvised and contemporary music. She also works in interdisciplinary projects with dancers such as Teresa Santos, Sónia Sànchez, Iris Heitzinger, Robie Legros and Julyen Hailton. Jordina Millà is a member of Improject, Col·lectiu Free't and Trio Stalzim.

The bassist Vinicius Cajado grew up in São Paulo and currently lives in Berlin. His debut solo album Monu was named “Best of the Year 2021” by The New York City Jazz Record.
He performs at many festivals and renowned venues worldwide, including the Saalfelden Jazz Festival, ArtActs St.Johann, Lincoln Center NYC, Musikverein Wien, The Kitchen NYC, Budapest House of Music and Via Funchal Sao Paulo. Jazz and the Salzburg City Festival, 20 years of Curva Minore Palermo, Vienna Art Week and also Porgy & Bess Vienna Theater Week, was artist in residence at the Leopold Museum Vienna and part of the exhibition “Seven Rounds with Warhol/Basquiat” at the Kunstforum.
The artists he performs with are equally international, such as Joelle Leandre, Barre Phillips, Mark Dresser, Nicole Glover, Lukas Koenig, Kenji Herbert, Susanna Gartmayr and Maria Portugal, John Edwards, Golnar Shahyar and Mahan Mirarab, Lucio Balduini, Kenneth Ishak.

Mauricio Takara is one of the key figures in the experimental and underground music scene in São Paulo. Today he lives in Berlin and enriches the Berlin music scene. He took part in the last three editions of the Jazzfest Berlin, in 2023 in a trio with Vinicius Cajado and Zoh Amba.

He has released several records with the bands Hurtmold and São Paulo Underground (with trumpeter Rob Mazurek from Chicago) and has performed internationally, including at festivals such as Sonar, SXSW, Saalfelden Jazz, Belgrade Jazz Festival, Club Transmediale/Berlin.
Mauricio Takara has worked with musicians of different styles such as Pharoah Sanders, Damo Suzuki, Yusef Lateef, Joe Lally (Fugazi), Naná Vasconcelos, Prefuse 73, Makoto Kawabata.

An interview with Mark Lomax entitled A different drummer appeared in 2021 on www.allaboutjazz.com. [ Karl Ackermann, February 25, 2021, Under The Radar series]

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

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Thursday, 25 April 2024

MUG – Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

Zimmermann - Pitsiokos Duo

Pitsiokos-Zimmermann_YouTubevideo

Tizia Zimmermann, accordion (CH)
Chris Pitsiokos, alto saxophone (USA)
Photo: YouTube video (see below) © DonMount, (RedHook New York City June 22, 2023)

Chris Pitsiokos (*1990) is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser. His music combines the intensity and immediacy of extreme rock forms and noise with the lyricism and forward propulsion of jazz and the abstract detail of contemporary classical composers Iannis Xenakis and Helmut Lachenmann.

Tizia Zimmermann (*1995) has been playing the accordion since she was eight years old. She studied classical music with Teodoro Anzellotti at the Bern University of the Arts, where she completed her master's degree in performance with honors in 2020. Tizia Zimmermann plays in a variety of formations with a focus on contemporary and improvised music as well as experimental noise and was active on the board of WIM Zurich (Workshop for Improvised Music).

In their duo, the two musicians explore the details of this unusual
combination of instruments, between minimalism, melodies and brutal
Outbursts of violence in seamless transitions. And sometimes all of that
happens at the same time.

Get a listening impression from June 2023 on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50dQPby1SAA

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

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Saturday, 15 June 2024

MUG – Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

TIAN

TIAN

Photo © top left to right:
Ulrich Phillipp (bass) © Erika Enders
Angelika Sheridan (flutes) © Niclas Weber
Julien Pontvianne (saxophone) © Michel Jublou

Photo © below left to right:
Judith Wegmann (piano) © Pierre Pallez
Burkhard Schlothauer (violin) © Gino Dambrowski

The Tian project brings together five musicians from Germany, France and Switzerland who share an affinity for silence, slowness and intensive listening to sounds:

Ulrich Phillipp (Bass / D), Julien Pontvianne (Saxofon / F), Burkhard Schlothauer (Violine / D), Angelika Sheridan (Flöten / D), Judith Wegmann (Piano / CH)

They use traditional and experimental instrumental playing styles and forego solo gestures in favor of a communal sound. A collective music of ascetic sensuality emerges.

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

This concert is made possible also by the Federal Culture Prize Applaus, which Offene Ohren e.V. was awarded in autumn 2023.

Site Applaus-Award

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024

MUG – Munich Underground at Einstein Kultur

Eli Wallace Piano Solo    Pieces and Interludes

Eli Wallace Piano Solo

Elija Creighton Wallace, piano (USA)

Eli Wallace is a pianist, improviser, and composer who resides in Brooklyn, New York. In addition to his own projects, he works with other like-minded artists; together with Drew Wesely he curates the interdisciplinary performance series Invocation.

His work as a pianist displays his vast milieu of experiences from classical, jazz, free improvisation studies, and extensive piano preparation, while his compositions employ notational strategies to broaden the manner in which sounds are created and the ways in which musicians interact.

Over the past decade he has appeared on dozens of albums and has performed at such esteemed venues as The Stone, New York, NY, Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL, and the Outsound New Music Summit, San Francisco, CA.

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

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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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