Musical improvisation, as well as improvisation in the other arts – movement, theatre etc. –, is the focus of the exploratorium berlin, Centre for Improvised Music and Creative Music Education, founded in 2004.

  • Experiencing freely improvised, experimental music live
  • learning to improvise (even without previous knowledge!)
  • building on existing experience in improvisation
  • learning concepts of improvisation adapted to different target groups
  • meeting others who are interested in improvisation and conversing in free play
  • reflecting on improvisation within the context of special events
  • and reading about it in a small specialized library

We offer a large range of weekend workshops, continuous courses and continuous ensembles.
We organize concerts every two or three weeks presenting musicians from the international improvisation community.
Alongside, there is a number of sessions of improvisation, from the Open Stage to our Intercultural Music Pool, from the Offhandopera to our Impro Session U 12 – many of them for free. Our library provides most of the specialist literature that has been written on the topic of improvisation. We offer accompanying events connecting theory and research with improvisatory practice.

exploratorium berlin promotes improvisation in cultural life as a form of ensemble music that is just as common as chamber music, orchestra, choir or band.

Improvisation offers something that is uncommon in music – the opportunity to invent music, and to do so without notation. Moreover, this form of creativity is special because it takes place in a group setting. Like in a good conversation, the players develop ideas, which they would not have been able to find otherwise, by inspiring each other.

In the exploratorium we focus on so-called free improvisation, which needs neither scales nor harmony or rhythm schemes. The sound as such is the basis of music invention. Learning improvising and improvising learning is about collecting experiences in forming music, understanding music „from the inside out“ and getting involved in the musical flow. That requires alertness in every moment and intense listening to the other players as well as to the collective musical process.

Free improvisation means taking responsibility and contributing your own impulses while simultaneously adapting to a collective at any moment. Learning this is learning for life.