biegungen im ausland features musicians exploring improvised and experimental music. The long going series has a particular, but not exclusive, focus on Berlin’s Echzeitmusik community.
It is reflecting different styles of contemporary music and is keen on artists who have developed a unique vocabulary by sharing music, ideas and approaches to sound through ongoing international exchanges and collaborations. In the spirit of Echzeitmusik, biegungen im ausland is not interested in further categorization and branding, but would like to promote a lively dialogue, which enables to inspire, reflect and take position. Therefore, it has the motto: outlandish sounds for outspoken ears !
Syncretic, deep and spiritual, the creative universe of Amine “simourgh” Mesnaoui is inspired by his cultural cross roots of the African and the European continents, and by the resistant movement of Free Jazz. He brings together the traditional African rhythms and arabic melodies of Morocco, occidental written tradition and improvisation in his sound performances. The Berlin based composer and pianist Andreas Schmidt describes him as “a master of improvisation from scratch”. His african prayers for solo Piano are pieces that are deeply inspired from the African music heritage, exploring it from a pianistic point of view. Improvisation is omnipresent, while elements of contemporary music come to interact.
Originally conceived as a one-off, carte-blanche encounter between musicians who had never met as a four, the idea to bring this particular intergenerational constellation of improvisers together proved a good one back in 2009. The Quartet LovensBauerRastigIllvibe reunites the avant-garde German brass of trombone virtuoso Johannes Bauer and the exceptional drummer and percussionist Paul Lovens, with the Berlin-based musicians Vincent von Schlippenbach a.k.a. DJ Illvibe on turntables and Louis Rastig on piano for the first time since six years at ausland. The result is a high-energy fusion of contemporary free-form improvisation and genre-spanning eclecticism that moves effortlessly between hushed sonorities, electronic aesthetics and hyper-dynamic sound clusters, music shot through with an attitude of clear, uncompromising expression.
Driven by the stellar Johannes Bauer, the percussive activity of the European free music legend Paul Lovens and turntablist Illvibe coalesce in exhilarating dialogue, with Rastig’s grand piano – both raw and lyrical – completing the soundscape.
Mesnaoui Solo + Lovens/Bauer/Rastig/Illvibe
Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | Doors 20:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET
Ausland | Lychener Str. 60 | 10437 Berlin