Ute Wassermann / Birgit Ulher + Olaf Rupp / Theo Nabicht at ausland / Friday, 22.04.2016

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 this time has invited the collaborative project Radio Tweets by Ute Wassermann and Birgit Ulher which focuses on the preparation of trumpet and voice, and the two “existential” musicians Rupp and Nabicht.

Ute Wassermann is known as a vocal soloist and composer/performer for her extraordinary, many-voiced and extreme vocal sound-language, which she has brought into experimental/contemporary music in diverse ways. She has developed techniques to “mask” the voice using birdcall-whistles, palate whistles or resonant objects, and designs sound-installations. A particular interest is the development of compositions for spaces with unusual acoustic qualities. She is an integral part of the Berlin and London improvised music scenes and performs regularly with “Speak Easy” (with Phil Minton, Thomas Lehn and Martin Blume), with Aleks Kolkowski (Stroh instruments and musical saw) and Els Vandeweyer (vibraphone), with Richard Barrett (electronics), with Birgit Ulher (trumpet) as well as in larger formations such as fORCH or ECIO, and is a member of the Berlin-based composer/performer ensemble “Les Femmes Savantes”.


Birgit Ulher studied visual arts, which still have an important influence on her music. Since moving to Hamburg in 1982 she has been involved in free improvisation and experimental music. Since then she has “established a distinguished grammar of sounds beyond the open trumpet” (jazzdimensions.de). She works mainly on extending the sounding possiblities of the trumpet by using splitting sounds, multiphonics and granular sounds and has developed her own extended techniques and preparations for producing these sounds. Besides this she is especially interested in the relation between sound and silence.
She performs solo, with dancers, working ensembles, and one-time collaborations with musicians from around the world.

Olaf Rupp started at the age of twelve playing Improvised Music on the guitar. His way of holding the guitar in an upright position is inspired by chinese Pipa players, but it also saves him from pain in the back. He regards every note as one dot in a higher matrix and it’s color is more important than the position of that note in any hierarchic classification system. So a sequence of notes creates a moving sound, not a melody. And the intrinsic colour of every note is more important than the melodic or harmonic burden which the listener may or may not put on it. Olaf Rupp has been touring in many countries and performed with extraordinary musicians such as Lol Coxhill, Michael Wertmüller, Peter Brötzmann, John Zorn, Joe Williamson, Paul Lovens, Tristan Honsinger, Butch Morris, Tony Buck and many more. Five solo albums on FMP, GROB and GLIGG.

Theo Nabicht studied saxophone, flute and piano at the Berliner Musikhochschule “Hanns Eisler”. 1995Ð1997 he studied at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, specializing in bass clarinet (Meisterklasse). After 1985 he gathered performance experience in collective projects with musicians such as Bert Wrede, Mauro Gnecchi Thierry Madiot, Michail Alperin, Anthony Braxton, Peter Kowald with Fred Frith. He is a long time member of the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin and has performed as a guest with Klangforum Wien and Ensemble Modern. Additionally, he worked as a composer for theater, dance and television productions. In recent years, Theo Nabicht is appearing increasingly as a soloist, focusing in this capacity on compositions by contemporary composers as well as compositions of his own, and he has played Wolfgang Stryi’s Selmer contrabass clarinet since 2007.

Ute Wassermann / Birgit Ulher + Olaf Rupp / Theo Nabicht

Friday, 22th April 2016 | Doors: 8.30 pm | Start: 9.00 pm
ausland | Lychener Strasse 60 | 10437 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg

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