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Towards electronic minimal improvisation: rhythmic patterns

by Gisbert Schürig When I started working on collective minimal improvisation with Jennie Zimmermann and a group of musicians and dancers, my personal goals were very much inspired by rhythmic music. I was and still am fascinated by polyphonic pygmy singing. To get an idea, have a look at this video I recorded at a    […]

Towards electronic minimal improvisation: code

by Gisbert Schürig Two performers in a feedback loop, imitating each others sounds, introducing variations, playing with the timing, introducing new material, creating a musical structure in the widest sense. This is one of the constellation Phyla explored in our minimal improvisation research and that has inspired me when focusing on software to make music.    […]

Towards electronic minimal improvisation: the imitation game

By Gisbert Schürig When we were beginning the research on minimal improvisation, we started in the Phyla duo constellation, Jennie Zimmermann and me: doing very little, just repeating one sound, variating it over time. We did not create very elaborate musical structures, but subtle variations of sounds in relation. The sounds we made could be    […]

Towards electronic minimal improvisation: finding the right music software

by Gisbert Schürig A few years ago (2013/2014), after having moved to Berlin, Jennie Zimmermann and me started to explore the improvisational potential of repetition and restraint in regard to the number of used material. Our aproach was interdisciplinary, we researched music and movement, on it´s own and in combination. together with a group of    […]

Minimal Improvisation @ Garbicz Festival

by Gisbert Schürig I´m very happy to share that Phyla will be performing Minimal Improvisation at Garbicz Festival 3-6 August 2017! Vincenz Kokot, Jennie Zimmermann and me will offer the longest sessions of Minimal Improvisation that we ever did. I´m excited to bring our calm and subtle improvisations into the context of loud electronic music    […]

Minimal Improvisation Impressions

We did a session of Minimal Improvisation with Alex Zampini shooting video footage. Such a nice chap, we had a great day! Have a look. If you like our approach to improvisation, come see us perform live at Performing Arts Festival – we are happy to be part of Fragile Matter at Paulstudios.

Sounds, Words, Water & Dance

An outlook on upcoming Phyla activities in the following weeks by Gisbert Schürig: I have the pleasure to play live improvised groove music with Vincenz Kokot at Alessandro Marogna´s Vernissage on the 9th of June at Oranienwerk. Come along, check out Alessandro´s paintings and let our music blow your mind. On June the 16th we    […]

Outlook on upcoming (minimal) improvisations

by Gisbert Schürig Some interesting minimal improvisation performances are about to happen: 23rd of September 2016 Jennie Zimmermann, Vincenz Kokot and me will be performing in a very interesting location in Berlin. The Plattenbauvereinigung is located on Tempelhofer Feld and offers a great outlook. Our performance will take place among the exhibition of Charlotte Klink,    […]

Yifat Cohen CD production in the final stages

by Gisbert Schürig Just finishing an intense working period with singer Yifat Cohen – I am producing her upcoming album and transferred all the tracks to synth-freak Zeno Mainardi, who is responsible for mixing and mastering only a few days ago. Zeno has amazing ears, also he does pretty harsh modular synth sounds: Obviously, this    […]