TWO SHOWS @ ACKERSTADT PALAST - Ackerstr.169/170 10115 BERLIN Mitte

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a group of internationally acclaimed improvisors explore the possibilities of dialogue, contradiction and interaction in intimate improvised duets made up of music, voice, language and movement, leading to a full ensemble performance at the end of each evening

on WEDNESDAY 29 + THURSDAY 30 APRIL 2015 @ 20:00

UCHIHASHI KAZUHISA - guitar, daxophone
AXEL DÖRNER - trumpet
RICHARD SCOTT - modular synthesizer
MICHAEL VORFELD - percussion

Shelley Hirsch is an award winning, critically acclaimed vocalist, composer, and storyteller. She can be heard on 70 recordings . Her most recent releases are "Where Were You Then?" a suite of songs and stories in collaboration with Swiss composer keyboard player Simon Ho; and improvised music w/guitarist Uchihashi Kasuhisa "Duets" and "Duets 10 Years After"; with turntable player Joke Lanz "Berlin-Brooklyn" and a soon to be released cd w/ Hans Koch, Martin Schuetz and Freddy Studor. Renowned as an improviser she has performed with dozens of musicians worldwide, including Christian Marclay, Okkyung Lee, Fred Frith, Anthony Coleman, Michael Evans, The Shaking Ray Levis, Tony Buck, Billy Martin, Jon Rose, Butch Morris, Phill Niblock, Roger Turner, Chantal Dumas, Denman Maroney, Matthias Bauer, Ikue Mori, David Watson, Hans Reichel, David Moss, Phil Minton, Sven Ake Johansson, Paul Lovens, Jim Staley, John Zorn, Joey Baron, DJ Olive, Dennis DelZotto, Andrew Lafkas, Tom Cora, Min Xiao Fen.Fred Lyenn, Shahzad Ismaily.

Kazuhisa Uchihashi is a remarkable guitarist involved in free improvisation music. Born in 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 the First Edition, and in 1990 formed the band Altered States. He was also a member of Otomo Yoshihide's Ground Zero from 1994 to 1997. Uchihashi also plays daxophone, and in addition to his role as a free improviser, Uchihashi has been the musical director for Osaka theatre group Ishinha, has held improvisation workshops (a project known as New Music Action) in various cities in Japan, London, Oslo, and Vienna.

Axel Dorner is a trumpet player from Berlin, who works in the fields of composed music, improvisation and jazz. ?Axel Dorner has a panoramic perspective on the trumpet. In his hands, it can sing with all the glorious history jazz has invested in it. Or, alternatively, it can be reduced to an improvisor?s ?objet trouvé? - twisted clumb of clumber?s refuse, metal tube of given length with several holes and plugs given over to variances in hissing and whistling.? Dorner is considered as one of most important improvisation musicians in europe. He developed new playing techniques and also uses electronics in relation to his trumpet playing.

Richard Scott is an electroacoustic composer and improvisor working mostly with analogue modular synthesizers. He has been composing music for over 30 years, recently performing with artists such as Evan Parker, Jon Rose, Richard Barrett, Thomas Lehn, Twinkle³, Axel Dörner, Michael Vorfeld, Helmut Lemke, Ute Wasserman, Emilio Gordoa, Richard Scott's Lightning Ensemble and Grutronic.

Michael Vorfeld: " I started playing music when I was fourteen, after hitch-hiking to the next bigger city and buying a pair of bongos. Increasing my percussion set, I had my first groups. After school I worked in a studio for photography in Cologne. At the same time I got more and more interested in improvised and experimental music. As a member of the artist group 'Heinrich Mucken', founded in 1982, I got involved in site specific art projects. I studied art in Cologne and Visual Communication in Kassel(MA). My visual interest shifted towards the use of light in three dimensional spaces. Now I am living in Berlin, working as musician and visual artist. "

Manuela Lucia Tessi is an Amsterdam based dancer, teacher and maker. She dances and collaborates in several interdisciplinary projects in Amsterdam in which the core is the relationship between dance and live music. In all her projects music has a fundamental role, be that composed or improvised, almost always performed live. She works with dancers Katie Duck and Magpie, Sylvain Meret, Laura Moro , Leyya Tawil, Miri Lee, Katerina Dietzova, Silvia Bennett, Isabella Ruggiero and musicians Tom Myrmel, Anat Spiegel, George Cremaschi, Yedo Gibson, Alfredo Genovesi, Arvind Ganga, Jong Kag Park a.o. as well as visual artists/light designers Emese Csornai and Ellen Knops.

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