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Impressions from Contact Time #6

by Jennie Zimmermann | Just 2 weeks ago I facilitated together with Jo Bruhn the 6th edition of Contact Time @ Steigemühle, a small, yet intense festival focussing on Contact Improvisation. It and has been a wonderful opportunity to dance and practise Contact Improvisation in the studio and in nature together with likeminded movement enthusiasts.    […]

Contact Time #6 @ Steigemühle 2-5 May 2019

Contact Time ist ein tanz-fokussiertes Festival mit verschiedenartigen Workshops und genussvollen Jams.Zeit zum Be- und Entschleunigen, Experimentieren, Forschen und Lauschen. Auf uns wartet ein wunderschöner 100 m² großer Tanzraum und die Natur – südlich von Berlin und nördlich von Leipzig und Dresden. Sessions/ Workshops mit Angela-Mara Florant, Aude Fondard, Jennie Zimmermann, Jo Bruhn, Maria Elste

Electronic music & dance jam impressions

Some impressions from the “Es pluckert die Mühle” electronic music & dance jam at Steigemühle, Brandenburg. We had a faboulous outdoor-jam, the “Electronic campfire” where our synthesizers and loops were joined by toads, critters and birds… Also, we had an amazing groovejam, full of music & contact-jamming in the dance space. Three excerpts from the    […]

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    […]

Final Groovejams in and around Berlin

Phyla will pause resident stay in Berlin and start travelling around much more this summer. Thus, the June Groovejam will be the final instance of our monthly series in Berlin, at least for the near future. So if you never it made before or if you wish to groovejam in Berlin one more time –    […]

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    […]

Groovejam News 2018

I´m very happy to announce the very first groovejam dates of 2018! January groovejam will see me jamming together with Olaf Giesbrecht & MDL Both specialize on working with electronic hardware to create their music, Olaf even builds and sells his own components at Audiowerkstatt! I met MDL a few years ago at a very    […]

A look back at Groovejam in 2017

by Gisbert Schürig We started the Groovejam format last September and up to now enjoyed four evenings of music & dance. At the first Groovejam date, I had the pleasure of playing a noisy set of live music with Vincenz Kokot of My Sister Grenadine. When improvising, Vincenz usually brings a bunch of lo-fi electronic    […]