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Piano Spring 2015

Saturday, 28 March 2015, 8 p.m.

Piano Spring 2015
MUG at Einstein

Sonata Erronea

Sonata Erronea

Gunda Gottschalk (violin, viola)
Dušica Cajlan-Wissel (piano)

The high art of im improvisation in the classic duo format of violin and piano affords us with a special listening journey: music without notes arising from the moment and played in the most literal meaning of the word.

Due to their similar musical backgrounds, Dušica and Gunda bring a strong feeling for small ensemble forms and structures to the table. The essence of their work is to articulate the musical now. Both are out to jointly explore a wealth of devious, circuitous and ramifying ways beyond their classical training and lineup, thereby creating a music full of imagination and a singular lyricism.

Dušica Cajlan-Wissel holds a university degree as a classical pianist. In the late 90's she participated in projects of improvised music in Cologne. After this she was looking for new forms and increasingly turned to contemporary composed music. Recently, her focus has been more on improvised music again, amply proved by her impressive concert at the 2012 Irtijal Festival in Beirut (curated by Mazen Kerbaj, who gave a trumpet solo concert for Offene Ohren last December).

Gunda Gottschalk, violin and viola, has performed throughout Europe at contemporary and improvised music festivals and appears regularly at the avantgarde festival Visions in New York. After her introduction to these circles by way of Peter Kowald's Global Village, she is now a staple of the international improv scene. However, she is equally versed in other forms of contemporary music associated with dance, theater, film, composition, fine arts and literature. In the past, Gunda was a guest of Offene Ohren in a duo with Xu Fengxia and and a trio with Xu Fengxia and Günter "Baby" Sommer.

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

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Sunday, 12 April 2015, 8 p.m.

subsonicspace 2015
MUG at Einstein

BaLoNi

BaLoNi

Pascal Niggenkemper, bass
Joachim Badenhorst, Klarinette, saxophone
Frantz Loriot, viola

Belgian clarinet and tenor saxophone player Joachim Badenhorst, Japanese-French viola player Frantz Loriot and German-French bassist Pascal Niggenkemper met in Brooklyn in 2008. Together, they produce a "triple entente" giving all players a chance for continuous evolution of their musical language.

As for improvised music, this trio is a real fountain of youth. Relying on their own brand of sound exploration and romantic eruptions that seem to have escaped from classical chamber music, these guys achieve a mix that is both fresh and original.

The music played by these improvisers shatters the conventions from which it has arisen. It is a music refusing easy conformism, the music of a high-wire artist in dizzying heights, ready at any moment to jump into the unknown. A liberating music.

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

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Saturday, 18 April 2015, 8 p.m.

subsonicspace 2015
MUG at Einstein

Stellari String Quartet

Stellari string Quartet

Phil Wachsmann, violin
Marcio Mattos, cello
Charlotte Hug, viola
John Edwards, bass

This is our second attempt to bring this exceptional quartet to Munich. Back in December 2010 Marcio Mattos and Phil Wachsmann were stuck at the airport in London due to the onset of winter, and the audience at Offene Ohren had to make do with the Stellari Snow Duo consisting of Charlotte Hug and John Edwards who compensated for their colleagues' absence with an inspired performance exploding with sheer joy of playing.

Now we will finally be able to hear the whole quartet. After such a long wait this is an experience not to be missed!

The string quartet - the epitome of classical music identity? This concert will be proof that this lineup is also ideally suited for a panoply of experimental forms covering microtonality, dissonance, filigree lightness, harmonic interference, noise and silence.

All four members of the quartet have already performed at Offene Ohren concerts with different fellow musicians. Hence, their phenomenal individual brilliance is already well-known. The outstanding thing about the quartet is its unerring instinct for communication and the weightless facility of its sonic creations. The music might seem like it was composed, but it still is irrecoverable and unique.

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

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Monday, 04 May 2015, 8 p.m.

Piano Spring 2015
MUG at Einstein

Martel - Hübsch - Zoubek

Martel - Hübsch - Zoubek

Carl-Ludwig Hübsch, tuba
Pierre-Yves Martel, viola da Gamba
Philip Zoubek, piano

Philip Zoubek is the pianist at our second Spring Series concert. In 2008 he was our guest in a duo with trombonist Paul Hubweber.

This time around, he is accompanied by Pierre-Yves Martel on the viola da gamba. All those of you who think of pre-baroque music now should remember that in 2010 already Martel, with his Duo Sainct Laurens, opened our ears for New Music from Canada.

The trio is completed by the surprisingly agile tuba of Carl-Ludwig Hübsch, who is also not a stranger to Offene Ohren.

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

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Saturday, 23 May 2015, 8 p.m.

Piano Spring 2015
MUG at Einstein

BOX mit Zoepf

BOX mit Zoepf

Christian Weber, bass
Claudia Ulla Binder, piano
Dieter Ulrich, drums
and Joachim Zoepf, clarinets and saxophone

Swiss pianist Claudia Ulla Binder will close the fifth year of this small series. The linup of piano, bass and drums might evoke a conventional jazz trio - but beware!

Even on its own, the trio BOX is treading unconventional paths, and it has strengthened its ranks with Joachim Zoepf who will lure the music even more firmly into unknown territories and always has a rhythmic, harmonic or melodious surprise card up his sleeve.

Again, this will be a reunion with old acquaintances: Joachim Zoepf performed for Offene Ohren in 2009 with Ensemble 2013, and Christian Weber was here in 2013 with Ninh Lê Quan and, yes, Carl-Ludwig Hübsch.

Location: MUG at Einstein
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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