TOTAL MUSIC MEETING 2006
International Artists Festival For Improvised Music
Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Alte Jakobstr. 124 - 128, D-10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Berlin debut concert of this line-up with three of the internationally most
renowned artists in improvised music.
Music is every wondrous canyon in a miracle´s dream. Music is evolution, the seed of change. Music existed and exists with or without human beings.
No race invented music.
Music is a form of energy, like the sun. Music is the voice through which spirits speak, using a language that is beyond words, a music that is beyond notes. Music informs us with a reality that is scented with the eternal. (…)
Music is the rhythm of butterflies. Music is hungry stomachs being filled. Music is justice. Music is blue water, blue whales, and blue cornmeal. (…)
Music´s only wish is the well-being of all human beings. Music exists to feed the spirit. Music is no war, not ever, for any reason. (…)
Music is the lasting response, the elixier. Music is nothing; music is everything. (...)
From: Sound Journal, A collection of writings by William Parker, New York 1994/1998
Sainkho Namtchylak, vocalist, performance artist, sound poet. Born in Kyzyl/Tuva, member of the national folklore ensemble. Studied music in Moscow and mastered various vocal techniques of traditional Tuvan throat singing and Western principles of overtone music. First tour throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas in 1987/89 with the national folklore ensemble. Started to collaborate with Russian representatives of new jazz and experimental music (Vresh Milojan, Mergen Mongush, Gennady Tchamzyryn, FMP CD 080). First solo-recording in 1991 (Lost Rivers, FMP CD 042). Guest of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD in 1994/195. Has collaborated with Peter Kowald, Butch Morris, Evan Parker, Jan Garbarek, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Andreas Vollenweider, Trilok Gurtu. Since the early 90´s contributing to music festivals and poetry venues, theatre- and film productions throughout the world. Extensive discography, ranging from folkloric recordings, ethno-jazz, electronica, classical dance and world music to free improvised music, solo recordings and excursions into African rhythms. Released in 2005 also a musical fairy tale composition (Arzhaana) originally written in 1983 and published in 1987 in the Tuvinian literary anthology Ulug-Hem.
William Parker, bassist, composer, bandleader. Born 1952 in New York. Leading figure in New York´s free music scene and widely regarded as one of the best bassists since Mingus. In the early 70´s formed his first big band. In 1973 he premiered with Cecil Taylor´s orchestra at Carnegie Hall. By the end of the decade, he was working in Gunter Hampel´s Big Band and Sam River´s RivBea orchestra. Since the 70´s also working in duo with vocalist Ellen Christie. Member of the Cecil Taylor Unit in the 80´s, and of Peter Brötzmann Quartets. Together with Peter Kowald co-founder in 1984 of the Sound Unity Festival, now Vision-Festival. Formed in 1993 his quartet In Order To Survive and in 1994 the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra. Bassist of choice for David S. Ware, Matthew Shipp, Rob Brown. The William Parker Quartet with Hamid Drake, Rob Brown and Lewis Barnes has been his principal group as a leader in the past six years. Performed last at Total Music Meeting in 1999 in quartet with Roy Campbell, Dan Carter and Alan Silva.
Hamid Drake, drum set, frame drum, hand drums. Born 1955 in Monroe, LA. Lives in Chicago. Widely regarded as one of the best contemporary percussionists in improvised music. Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard drum set, Drake has collaborated extensively with Fred Anderson, Don Cherry, Jim Pepper, Pharoah Sanders, Foday Musa Suso, George Lewis, Peter Brötzmann, David Murray, Ken Vandermark, Assif Tsahar, Paul Rogers, Paul Dunmall, Georg Graewe, Irène Schweizer, Marilyn Crispell, Amine Claudine-Myers, Marilyn Mazur, Leena Conquest , Misha Mengelberg, Herbie Hancock, Joe McPhee, Kent Kessler, William Parker, Henry Grimes, David S. Ware, Jemeel Moondoc, Abdoulaye N´Diaye, Paul Lytton, Michael Zerang, Rob Brown, Evan Parker, John Scofield, Toshinori Kondo, to name but a few.
Berlin debut concert of French clarinettist and vocalist Isabelle Duthoit.
She performs regularly in duo with pianist Jacques Demierre, also in the field
of sound poetry.
Jacques Demierre pianist, performer and composer. Born 1954, lives in Geneva. His musical and sound work develops itself in various directions: improvised music, contemporary music, sound poetry, sound installation. His compositions and sound realisations are concerned with the activity of listening and with sound space. He collaborates with many improvising musicians such as Sainkho Namtchylak, Barre Philips, Urs Leimgruber, Thomas Lehn, Axel Dörner, Irène Schweizer, Butch Morris, Carlos Zingaro, Jaap Blonk, Barry Guy, Han Bennink, Rhodri Davies, Paul Lovens, Dorothea Schürch, regularly plays solo piano concerts, and works with Vincent Barras in the field of performance and language art.
Isabelle Duthoit, clarinettist, vocalist. Born 1970. Though classically trained she performs and plays contemporary music in ensembles like Atelier Instrumental du XX° siècle conducted by Gilbert Amy, Ensemble Inter Contemporain and Ensemble Itinéraire. Worked with composers like Georges Aperghis, Klaus Huber, Gilbert Amy, Kasper Toeplitz, Daniel D'Adamo, Vinko Globokar, Francesco Filide, George Crumb, Pascal Dussapin and is interpreting pieces of Berio, Xenakis, Schönberg, Boulez, Dalapicola. Since 1995 she performs also as soloist or in duo with Jacques Di Donato contemporary music of Berio, Boulez, Lachenmann, Schiarino, Scelsi, Denisov. As improviser she has been working in various line-ups with Jacques Demierre, Gunda Gottschalk, Christine Wodrascka, Xavier Charles, Jacques Di Donato, Tim Hodgkinson. Rhodri Davies, Michel Doneda, Charlotte Hug. Co-founder of the improvised music festival Fruits de Mhère From. Since 2005 involved in a free jazz rock grouping with Phil Minton, Veryan Weston, Michael Vatcher, Luc Ex and Gail Brand and in solo performances as improvising vocalist. Works also with dancers (Valérie Métivier, Catherine Tardif)
Michael Wilhelmi integrates in his sound-oriented free improvised playing various musical styles and techniques of historic periods, thus linking the past with the presence.
Michael Wilhelmi, born 1974 in Ottweiler. Studied mathematics and philosophy at University of Leipzig before taking up his musical studies (jazz-piano and composition) at Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin (master classes with Georg Graewe and Aki Takase). Member of ´Super 700´, founded in 1999, joined by musicians from Amsterdam and Berlin. In 2002 the group had been awarded the ´Berliner Senatspreis´ and had participated in the Dutch Jazz Competition. With ´Cliquetis Creux´, a contemporary new music ensemble, he won the first price of the International Competition for Young Artists in Düsseldorf as well as the Hanns-Eisler-Award of the Music Academy. Since 2001 he designs software for electronic music in collaboration with the ´controller-band´, a line-up of young musicians with whom he performs in Germany and abroad. Composes music for theatre (eg ´Viktor! Happiness is a warm gun´ (directed by Barbara Weber), a co-production of Theater Freiburg/Hebbel Theater Berlin/Salzburger Festspiele, 2006).
In April 1993 this master-duo performed for the first time in Berlin. Their
collaboration started in Japan way back in 1991 which led them twice on a
world-tour (1991 and 1997). In the beginning of 2006 they renewed their
Hans Reichel, composer and improviser, inventor of guitars and the
daxophone, designer of many typefaces (the posters and program brochures of TMM
are set in FF Daxline Finale; since 2005 also used by UPS and in the branding of
the New Democratic Party of Canada). Born in 1949 in Hagen, Westfalia.
Lives in Wuppertal. The ´guru of the experimental guitar´received the Art Award
of Wuppertal in 1998. "As improviser and composer, soloist and ensemble player
Hans Reichel moves in the border areas between the established musical genres and
contemporary music, finding unimagined dimensions of sound" (Jazz Live).
In 1991 he started his long standing collaboration with guitarist
Kazuhisa Uchihashi which led them twice on a world tour. Some of the recordings
from Japan had been released in 1991 on FMP (CD 036). Other releases
on FMP and a/l/l:
Kazuhisa Uchihashi, guitarist, daxophone-player. Born 1959 in Osaka,
Uchihashi began to play the guitar at age 12, playing in various rock bands,
though he later studied jazz music. In 1988 he joined the band ´First Edition´,
and in 1990 formed the band ´Altered States´. In 1991 he started his long
standing collaboration with German guitarist and daxophone-inventor/player
Hans Reichel which led them twice on a world tour in 1991 and 1997.
From 1994 to 1997 he was also a member of Otomo Yoshihide´s ´Ground Zero´
and toured Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao with Otomo, Sachiko M and Sam Bennett.
Collaborations include Roger Turner, Barre Phillips, Wadada Leo Smith,
Peter Brötzmann, Jon Rose, Eugene Chadbourne, Derek Bailey, Elliott Sharp,
and many others. Uchihashi has been the musical director for Osaka theatre group
´Ishin-ha´ and has composed several soundtracks for films, performed with dancers,
painters and poets and set up new groupings and festivals, led improvisation
workshops (New Music Action) in Japan and the UK. As both a musician and an
organizer, Uchihashi is working hard to build a network of free improvisation
communities inside and outside Japan.
For the first time performing in Berlin as improviser is the great vocalist of contemporary music, Michiko Hirayama, performing in trio with her longstanding collaborators, pianist Luca Miti and percussionist Mauro Orselli.
Michiko Hirayama, born in Tokyo, studied at University of Tokyo and took
up her career as vocalist in Japan. Trained in classical European vocal techniques
as well as in traditional Japanese methods of singing and vocalization she left
Japan in the 60´s and settled in Rome where she worked with many composers such
as John Cage, Morton Feldman, Iannis Xenakis, Luciano Berio, Luigi Nono,
Giacinto Scelsi. More than 100 compositions had been dedicated to her which
she performed internationally at festivals, in concert series as well as on tv
Luca Miti, studied jazz piano, extended vocal techniques and baroque
flute à bec. Born 1957 in Rome. Since 1980 working also as composer and performer
of contemporary music. His work focusses on the research of and experimentation
with sounds. Extensive collaboration with Alvin Curran, Mauro Orselli,
Mauro Orselli, born 1958 in Rome, since 1978 working as composer and performer. Extensive discography. Composing for dance, theatre, movies. Has worked also for RAI as well as for Austrian, German and Belgium Radio, CIRM (Nizza), GRIM (Marseille), ensemble Décadanse. Has lived in New York from 1993 to 1996 and worked as performer, composer, teacher. Collaboration with Antonello Salis, Yuko Fujiyama, Fredrik Rzewski, William Parker, Mark Dresser, Ellen Christie, Maggie Nicols, Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Giancarlo Schiaffini, Mario Schiano, Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Famoudou Don Moye, Jin Hi Kim and many others.
One of the most interesting duos at present in Berlin !
Magda Mayas, born 1979, studied jazz-piano and composition at Hanns Eisler
Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and in Amsterdam. With her quartet
Mayas/Nutters/Olsen/Galvez she performed at Total Music Meeting (2005).
Works also in duo with drummer Tony Buck and in trio with Michael Renkel and
flutist Sabine Vogel. Member of ´n- collective´, a network founded in Amsterdam
in 2001 of young musicians/improvisers/composers. Participated in April
2006 at 6th International Festival of Improvised and Experimental Music in Leban.
Frequent collaboration with Johannes Bauer, Christoph Kurzmann, Andy Moore,
Tristan Honsinger and Michael Moore. Serves as music teacher at Musikschule
Prenzlauer Berg. In preparation: US-Tour in 2007 (with Travis Just).
Alex Nowitz, born 1968 as Alexander Georg Sedlmeier in Buch am Erlbach
(Germany). 1990: first time using the pseudonym ´Alex Nowitz´ in public.
Studies in music pedagogy, music science and history, and psychology in Munich,
Berlin, Potsdam (singing, piano, composition) and Potsdam (USA). Graduated in
spring 2000 with ´first class honours´ at Potsdam University (Germany).
The architect of free improvisation on the trombone, Paul Rutherford, has set up this quartet of pioneering master-musicians from England and Belgium who to our surprise had only played once before in this line-up.
Fred Van Hove, pianist, accordionist, church organist, composer.
Born 1937 in Antwerp. A professional free-lance musician since 1964, he first
collaborated in 1966 with P. Brötzmann, initially in quartet or larger
groupings (eg Machine Gun), then in trio with Han Bennink. First solo
concerts in 1970. Founded in 1972 the musicians´ collective WIM
(Werkgroep Improviserende Musici) and formed a number of landmark groups.
1983 Artist-in-residence of the DAAD and concerts with MLA, MLA Blek, ML DD 4
and local musicians. Extensive collaboration and tours with Steve Lacy,
Vinko Globokar, Albert Mangelsdorff, Lol Coxhill, Annick Nozati, Johannes Bauer,
Wolfgang Fuchs, Marilyn Crispell, Paul Rutherford, André Goudbeek,
Ivo Vander Borght, Hans Reichel, Ned Rothenberg, Phil Wachsmann, Peter Kowald,
Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Sabu Toyozumi, Tetsu Saitoh, Paul Rogers, Paul Lytton.
Paul Rutherford, trombonist, pianist, composer. Born 1940 in London. A master musician of British improvisation ("an architect of free improvisation on the trombone" (Clifford Allen) and the first to use multiphonics on trombone. Founding member of The Little Theatre Club in London (1964), started in 1966 the Spontaneous Music Ensemble (SME) w/ John Stevens, Trevor Watts, Harry Miller, played in Mike Westbrook´s Orchestra; with Globe Unity Orchestra and London Jazz Composers Orchestra, the ICP Tentet; formed in 1970 ISKRA 1903 (w/ Derek Bailey + Barry Guy); 1980 renewed w/ Barry Guy and Phil Wachsmann. Landmark performances and recordings with solo trombone improvisations (The Gentle Harm of the Bourgeoisie, 1974; Old Moers Almanac, 1976). Has performed in various constellations with most of Europe´s free improvising musicians and collaborated with Vinko Globokar, Luciano Berio, Krzysztof Penderecki, Don Cherry. Has set up a big band, Iskrastra, to perform his compositions which he calls ´comprovisation´.
Paul Rogers, bassist, composer. Plays here a 7-string bass with 21
sympathetic strings. Born in Chester; moved to London in 1974. Collaboration
with Mike Osborne, Elton Dean, John Stevens, Stan Tracey, Paul Rutherford,
Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall, Evan Parker, Tony Levin; Member of ´Mujician´;
also working as soloist. "The audience is as much a part of the music as the
musician. Their presence creates an energy, spirit or whatever. I am not
interested in making formulated music. My ´formula´ is to practise and study
music as much as possible so that when I start to play I am creating a
composition out of the sounds I´m making, in that room with that audience."
Paul Lytton, drums, percussion, live electronics, home-made instruments.
Born 1947 in London. Played with many of the jazz fraternity in London from
1966-69. Became interested in European improvised music through contact with
musicians such as Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley. Developed own instruments
including home-made drums and amplified instruments and objects. Founder member
of the London Musician´s Co-op in 1970 and of the Aachen Musicians´ Co-op in 1976.
Has free lanced on the European scene with most of the established players in
The renowned Trio de clarinettes in a new line-up!
Three musicians who, despite having each followed an unconventional career path,
have one thing in common: the clarinet. Their music deliberately weaves back and
forth over the boundaries of genre and style combining the expressiveness and
unbridled energy of jazz with the virtuosity and precision of contemporary music,
and the pure emotion and joyous spontaneity of traditional idiom.
Armand Angster, composer and clarinettist. Soloist in a repertoire
ranging from Mozart to the most recent works of the 20th and 21st centuries
and improvised music. Dedicatee of numerous pieces by Ferneyhough, Dusapin,
Aperghis, Donatoni, Mâche to name but a few. With soprano Françoise Kubler he
established the now legendary Ensemble Accroche Note (FMP CD 083). Teaches
clarinet and chamber music at the National Conservatory of Strasbourg.
Jean-Marc Foltz, studied at CNR de Strasbourg, switches freely between interpreting notated contemporary music and playing improvised music and jazz. Working in duo and trio with pianist Stéphan Oliva and bassist Bruno Chevillon as well as with Raymond Boni, Joe McPhee, Latif Chaarani, Xavier Charles; also member of various larger jazz groupings as well as Musikfabrik NRW, Ensemble InterContemporain, Accroche Note. Works also with some of the most important contemporary composers like, Aperghis, Boulez, Dusapin, and as soloist with David Robertson, Hans Zender, Mark Foster, Jürg Wyttenbach.
Sylvain Kassap, composer, clarinettist and ex-saxophonist. Born 1956.
Has been working with Michel Portal, John Surman, Henri Texier, Barre Phillips,
Steve Lacy, Sam Rivers, Evan Parker as well as in various ensembles of modern
and contemporary music playing Stravinsky, Varèse, Webern, Aperghis, Bério, Cage,
Berlin debut concert of Georg Graewe´s new orchestra ´SONIC FICTION which premiered recently at Nickelsdorf festival in Austria, followed by a performance in Bochum (Germany).
Exactly 25 years ago composer and pianist Georg Graewe founded his first
large ensemble in Bochum - the ´GrubenKlangOrchester´, and until 1993 they toured
and performed internationally at festivals. Many of these performances were
recorded or played on the radio.
Almut Kühne, soprano. Born 1983 in Dresden. Studied singing at Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin; composition and piano with Georg Graewe (since 2005). Solo-performances and leader of ´Kühne Kulturkapelle´ in Berlin.
Phil Minton, born 1940 in Torquay (England). Settled in London in 1961 London where he became a member of Mike Westbrook´s orchestra (as trumpetplayer and vocalist). He is one of the internationally most renowned and in demand vocal artists, as soloist and in a multitude of ensembles. At TMM 2003 he performed with the King Übü Örchestrü.
Carrie Shull, oboist. Born 1971 in Winston Salem, NC. Studied at University of North Carolina; first concerts and tours in Europe with guitarist Eugene Chadbourne. Member of the composers´ensemble ´pulsoptional´ and member of various chamber music ensembles and symphonic orchestras in NC.
Frank Gratkowski, reedist. Born 1963 in Hamburg. Studied at Musikhochschule Köln; master classes with C. Mariano, S. Nistico, S. Lacy. Founded in 1995 his Frank Gratkowski Trio; since 2000 extended and playing in quartet featuring D. Manderscheid, G. Hemingway, W. Wierbos. Had been awarded the SWR Jazzpreis in 2005. Performed lat TMM 2003 in duo with Georg Graewe.
Peter van Bergen, reedist, composer. Born 1957 in Tubbergen. Studied at the Dutch Royal Music Academy in The Hague. Founded in 1982 the LOOS-Ensemble, and subsequently the LOOS-Foundation and the Institute for Improvisation. Latest performance at TMM in 2005 with LOOS + LUST.
Koehne Quartett (Lewis/de Swardt/Koene/Coleman),Vienna Founded in 1987 by Joanna Lewis, this quartet has gained wide recognition for being one of Europe´s most refined ensembles of contemporary music.
Joanna Lewis, born 1963 in Adelaide. Studied violin, cello and composition in Queensland. Since 1985 studies at HfM + Darstellende Kunst in Vienna where she graduated with first class honours.
Amora de Swardt, born 1963 in Capetown. Studied at UCT (University of Cape Town) and at the Conservatory in Vienna. From 1986 to 1988 principal violonist of the opera orchestra in Capetown. Lives in Vienna as freelancing violonist since 1990.
Elaine Koene, born 1976 in Fraserburgh, Scotland. Studied viola in Glasgow and London. Member of orchestras in Glasgow and Milan. Settled in Vienna in 2002. Collaboration with Anthony Braxton, Klangforum Wien, Wiener Kammerorchester.
Melissa Coleman, born 1968 in Melbourne. Studied cello, piano and composition in Melbourne. Graduated with first class honours. Master classes in Europe with Milos Mlejnik, Mischa Maisky, Mark Dobrinsky, William Pleeth.
Anne LeBaron, studied composition with Ligeti and Kagel. Internationally
acclaimed composer and harpist of contemporary and improvised music. Her
compositions and works have been performed in the US, Europe, Australia, Cuba,
and China. Numerous awards.
Kent Kessler, bassist, composer. Born 1957 in Crawfordsville, IN. Studied at Chicago Musical College. Extensive collaboration in various groupings with Fred Anderson, Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang, Peter Brötzmann, Ken Vandermark and many others.
DD Kern, drummer and percussionist. Born 1973 in Lustenau, Austria. Also active in the field of electronic music and working internationally as DJ.
Georg Graewe, pianist, composer, bandleader, teacher (composition, jazz piano). Born 1956 in Bochum, Germany. A major interest of the pianist and composer is researching and analysing the European music tradition within the context of experimental and improvised music.
The Netherlands 2005
Documentary film, 77 minutes, colour
Edited and directed by Jellie Dekker
Documentary film by Jellie Dekker portraying composer, pianist and bandleader
Photography: Daniel Gallenkamp, Wolter Wierbos, Jellie Dekker
Music fragments and statements give a clear insight in Mengelberg´s unique way of thinking and working. Historical film material shows how Mengelberg developed from classic composing by jazz influences to become the ´godfather´ of Dutch improvised music.
Jellie Dekker has been a director of music and dance programs at NPS-TV. She directed operas (Aus Deutschland/Kagel; A King Riding/Klaas de Vries), ballets (Romeo and Julia, Nutcracker, Green Table) as well as productions by contemporary choreographers like Van Dantzig, Duato, Van Manen. Her own, though smaller scale productions comprise ´Sulphur´, a dance movie, and ´Instant Steps´, one of her most recent documentaries on dance improviser Michael Schumacher. Both films were shown on festivals worldwide.
The participants of the workshop ´orchestral improvisation´ join with guests for the final concert of TMM.
(Nov 2 - 4)
Within the framework of this year´s Total Music Meeting reedist Wolfgang Fuchs invites participation in his workshop ´orchestral improvisation´.
The workshop will take place on Nov 2, 3 and 4 in the afternoon (3 hours daily).
The workshop is open to all instrumentalists of all musical approaches but limited to 15 participants.
Workshop fee: € 65 (incl. Festivalpass € 100)
Wolfgang Fuchs, born 1949 in Landau/Palatine. Reedist, composer, bandleader of King Übü Örchestrü. Long standing collaboration in trio with reedists Hans Koch and Peter van Bergen (Holz für Europa); with Xu Fengxia (guzheng, voice) and percussionist Roger Turner (The New Flags). Has performed in various line-ups with many international artists and as soloist. Has held workshops in Europe and the US. Memeber of the TMM-Committe since 2000. Extensive Discography. Most recent release: ´Facetten´(a/l/l 012) with Fred Van Hove. Live at Total Music Meeting 2004.
Special opening hours: 10 am - 0 pm
By purchasing a concert ticket you will have free access to all exhibitions of the Berlinische Galerie !
Sasha Stone - Berlin in Pictures (October 27, 2006 - March 11, 2007)For the first time this exhibition will show pictures of Berlin in the late twenties, pictures that were thought to have been lost. They were taken in 1927/28 by the avant-garde artist and photographer Sasha Stone, whose work together with his slogan "Sasha Stone Sees Even More" quickly won him national and international recognition. Originally, the pictures were taken for a book whose aim was to present a contemporary picture of the city. The volume was conceived in cooperation with the art and architecture critic Adolf Behne, who also wrote the preface for this 1929 publication. It is among the earliest photographic books about Berlin, and its new feature is that it accentuates the everyday life of a city which appears as being traditionally rooted, representative, yet still open to constant change. In the spring of 2005 we were informed that an Austrian collector had already bought 75 of these pictures from a small antiquarian dealer without making this purchase known to the public. We are in the midst of efforts to acquire these photographs.
Michael Schmidt - "EIN-HEIT" (October 27, 2006 - March 11, 2007)All unity is an illusion. At any rate, it is difficult to attain, no matter with whom. Occasionally, however, it appears out of the blue, and one's delight is all the greater. This was the case in 1989 when totally unexpectedly the Berlin Wall fell. After the frenzied whirl of events had settled down, the question of unity/unification arose, which inspired the Berlin photographer Michael Schmidt to ponder the idea of unity. Earlier, he had been working on large projects dealing with everyday life in West Berlin.
In and around Berlin he took photos of houses and landscapes, of details of objects in and out of houses, adding portraits and reproductions of what he found interesting in all sorts of newspapers, books, and other printed media. The photos were taken between 1991 and 1994.
They neither carry a title nor the year in which they were made. The earliest show images from the Nazi years, the latest from the early nineties. The resultant artist's book displays 161 images. For the exhibition a further two have been added.
In "EIN-HEIT" Schmidt takes a critical look at the German identity, at the Germans' inner and outer situation at the end of a century in which Auschwitz and the consequent division of the country were of central significance. Schmidt's findings are devastating. The pictures show images of depressing dullness coupled with an ugly and dreary petty bourgeoisie. The untitled photographs refuse to answer possible questions. They must remain open.
Susa Templin - "Berlin-Baroque" - Photographs of Berlin (October 19, 2006 - February 21, 2007)Berlin is usually perceived as being anything BUT baroque, which makes the perspectives offered by Susas Templin's works all the more intriguing: Why baroque?
Susa sees and photographs the city with the eyes of someone who is new to Berlin.
Traditionally the print is seen as the final result of a photographer's work. Not so in Susa's case.
This particular artist is not really interested in some trendy photoshop treatment of her images. She prefers a more "hands-on" approach by cutting up the prints, scratching their surfaces, and applying layers of paint. Together with coloured tissue papers and shiny metal foils, she uses the treated photos to build models. Susa then takes more photos of these fragile structures, the results of which are added to the existing models, thus shaping new and ever more complex models. These technical features may remind the alert eye of certain methods employed by the artist Thomas Demand, yet Susa's strucures are more complex. By interlocking, they open up new passages and vistas that indeed take on the nature of baroque fantasies.
All of this amounts to presenting a very personal view of Berlin. Not only do the viewers become absorbed in the photographs themselves and the resulting photographic installations; they may also feel inspired to contemplate and reconsider the question of how we perceive space.
Marwan. Khaddousch or Unknown Early Works. Watercolours and drawings 1962- 1971 (September 7, 2006 - January 7, 2007)The Syrian painter Marwan studied in Berlin from 1957 to 1963. He has been living and working in the city ever since, teaching at the Academy of Arts from 1980 to 2001.
Even the expert associates Marwan's early works from the sixties with his paintings only, which makes this particular exhibition all the more interesting and revealing. Watercolours, drawings in Indian ink and pencil, long forgotten and only recently rediscovered by the artist himself, will be on display. In a surprising abundance and variety they show a stirring work full of passion, surreal and absurd reversals, eroticism, melancholy, loneliness, and secret joy.
The works show the artist's struggles in finding his own view of the world, and they vividly illustrate his way of coming to grips with figurative forms of expression - not an easy feat considering the dominance of abstract painting prevalent at that time. Intriguing parallels with the endeavours concurrently pursued by his artist-colleagues Eugen Schönebeck and Georg Baselitz become apparent. At that time Marwan created a disturbing world which vividly visualizes the artist's attempts to fathom out his Middle Eastern roots, and to find his place as a Berlin/Syrian painter from Damascus in a still strange Europe that he has nevertheless made his adopted home.
FLIC FLAC - Art from Berlin (February 2006 - March 2007)In a new layout, this latest exhibition of the collection of the Berlinische Galerie will display new or recently acquired works of art that have not been shown before.
As usual, the various artistic media will be related to each other within the exhibition space. Yet there will be no chronological order. The viewer will experience a true 'flic flac' through time, styles, and means of artistic expression. However, the exhibition will be subject to an overriding structure determined by three main themes:
REALISMS - FRAGMENTATIONS - TEARING DOWN OF BOUNDARIES
We decided to choose the plural forms because the above terms are not referring to well-defined styles, but to multi-layered tendencies.
The REALISMS have thematically been subdivided into - the human image - our environment - still lifes.
The FRAGMENT has appeared in numerous artistic fields within the past and present centuries, viz the fragmentation of the human body, the fragmentation of language, in collage, assemblage, and in the artists' fondness for using quotations. In the wake of devastating wars, it is Dadaism and Surrealism in particular that are manifestations of a shattered image of the world. Man's perception of our world has radically changed. Art and life are no longer part of an integral whole, but can only be experienced in a fragmentary manner.
The transgression of BOUNDARIES of all sorts is a further characteristic of the art of the 20th century. Sculpture no longer presents mass and volume; instead, it is dissolved into lines and areas circumscribing space. Huge installations tear down the boundaries of the traditional work of art. Serial production replaces uniqueness. The object gradually disappears, and the void is filled with the artists' striving for the spiritual and even the transcendental. A whole world may be discovered and monumentalized in a small detail.
We hope that the viewer may discover the colourful variety and the vitality of familiar as well as new works. The open vistas of our house make possible unusual visual combinations and associations and enable the visitor to (re-)discover the works of art, and to see them in a new light.
Berlinische Galerie. Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Total Music Meeting 2006 Internationales Künstlerfestival für Improvisierte Musik
U-Bahn U1 Hallesches Tor / U 2 Spittelmarkt / U 6 Kochstr.
Bus: 265, M29, M41
The festival pass is valid for all TMM-concerts on Nov 2/3/4 and for all exhibitions at the Berlinische Galerie
Special opening hours of the museum on Nov 2/3/4: 10 am - 0 pm; Nov 5: 10 am - 6 pm
Single ticket: € 18 (concerts and exhibitions)
Festival pass: € 50 (concerts on Nov 2/3/4 and exhibitions)
Film: € 5
Grand finale: € 8
Workshop fee: € 65 (incl. festival pass € 100)
Ticket sale starting at October 25 at Berlinische Galerie
Ticket reservation / Workshop registration / TMM-Contact / Organizer / Infos
FMP FREE MUSIC PRODUCTION
Distribution & Communication
Berlinische Galerie. Landesmuseum für Moderne
Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD
Akademie der Künste/Elektro-akustisches Studio
Förderverein Improvisierte Musik (FIM) e.V.
Total Music Production (TMP) Berlin
Helma Schleif (Organization + Program)
TMM 2006 is under the auspices of the lord mayor of Berlin, Mr. Klaus Wowereit
Hrólfur Vagnsson / Carsten Klopfer, Martin Burike / Josef Abdel-Wahed /
Ingeborg Ermer / Anette und Werner Merz / Nikolaus Becker / Werner Meyke /
Susanne Roewer / John Rottiers
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Senatsverwaltung für Wissenschaft, Forschung und KulturBerliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD
FMP FREE MUSIC PRODUCTION
Distribution & Communication
10967 Berlin (Germany)
Tel.: +49 30 323 7526
Fax.: +49 30 324 9431
Total Music Meeting 2006: 2. - 5. November