poster artwork by L.Sens
An diesem zweiten TAOI Abend in 2023 freuen wir uns außerordentlich auf unsere hochkarätigen Gäste, den Improvisator, Bass-Virtuosen und Komponisten Barry Guy und die Barock-Geigerin Maya Homburger, die gemeinsam mit den jungen Musiker*innen des impromptu.works ensembles ein eigens für diesen Abend geschriebenes Programm von Barry Guy auf der Bühne des Resonanzraums St. Pauli zur Aufführung bringen werden.
Mit diesem Konzert setzten wir die neue Programmausrichtung von TAOI fort, in der wir einen der beiden Abende der Improvisation in einer größeren Besetzung des impromptu.works ensembles widmen. Gleichzeitig haben wir das große Glück, mit Barry Guy an diesem Abend einen unserer lang gehegten Wunschgäste begrüßen zu können. Es gibt sehr wenige Musiker*innen, die über Jahrzehnte so erfolgreich und konsequent mit large Ensembles gearbeitet haben, wie er es getan hat - angefangen beim 1970 gegründeten, inzwischen legendären London Jazz Composers Orchestra (LJCO), dem Barry Guy New Orchestra (BGNO) bis zur aktuellen “Blue Shroud Band”. Für diese und andere Ensembles hat Barry Guy eine ganze Reihe von Kompositionen geschrieben, die auf ganz besondere Weise kompositorische Ordnungsstrukturen mit improvisatorischen Spielpraktiken verbinden und dabei neue Klangwelten erschließen.
Darüber hinaus widmet sich Barry Guy gemeinsam mit seiner Lebensgefährtin, der großartigen Barock-Geigerin Maya Homburger der Kombination von Alter und Neuer Musik und der Improvisation - ihre erste Duo CD “Ceremony” erschien auf ECM, die CD “Dakryon” mit guest artist Pierre Favre, perkussion auf dem MAYA label und die Duo CD “Tales of Enchantment" auf Intakt Records.
Gemeinsam mit dem impromptu.works ensemble, dass aus herausragenden jungen Musiker*innen der Hamburger Musikszene besteht, werden Maya Homburger und Barry Guy ein Konzertprogramm erarbeiten, das wir an diesem Abend mit unserem Publikum im Resonanzraum St. Pauli teilen möchten.
Wir sind also sehr gespannt auf dieses ganz besondere Projekt und freuen uns auf ein einmaliges Konzerterlebnis.
Und wie immer natürlich auch auf Sie/ Euch,
mit dem TAOI Team & den Künstler*innen
Maya Homburger originally moved to England to join various ancient music ensembles and became one of the leaders of John Eliot Gardiner's "English Baroque Soloists".
Ever since meeting the composer and solo bassist Barry Guy - on the occasion of an extended concert tour with Christopher Hogwood’s Academy of Ancient Music in 1988 - she has devoted her time developing her own personal style on the baroque violin as well as managing Improvised and New Music projects and running her own CD label Maya Recordings.
The idea to perform baroque solo works in the context of free improvised music and newly commissioned pieces sparked off the Homburger/Guy Duo and together Maya Homburger and Barry Guy have given concerts in many major Jazz, New Music and Baroque Music Festivals all over Europe and in Canada.
Her specialities are performances of H.I.F. Biber's Mystery Sonatas as well as chamber music and cantatas by J.S.Bach.
After living in Ireland for nine years where they contributed both to the early as well as the contemporary music scene, they moved to Switzerland in 2006. The close connection to Ireland however remained : From 2011-2017 they organised their own music and art festival in Ireland : Barrow River Arts Festival (BRAF) and they perform regularly in various Irish festivals and concert series with the ensemble "Camerata Kilkenny".
Recordings include a. o. the Duo CDs “Ceremony” (ECM) and “Dakryon” (MAYA Recordings). The recording of the complete set of H. I. F. Biber's (1644-1704) famous Mystery Sonatas for violin and basso continuo has also been released on the MAYA label as well as a series of three solo violin CDs with J.S.Bach's Sonatas and Partitas BWV1001-1006 paired with Barry Guy's works for solo violin, called the "Butterfly Series" : “Inachis”, “Aglais” and “Lysandra”. Another ECM recording is “Folio” where she appears as violin soloist together with the Munich Chamber Orchestra. The latest Homburger/Guy Duo CD has appeared on the Intact Records Label and is called “Tales of Enchantment”. She also appears together with the Barry Guy New Orchestra (BGNO) as soloist on the Intakt CD "Amphi" and in various recordings with the Blue Shroud Band.
Maya Homburger plays on three baroque violins which are all in original, historic condition: Antonio dalla Costa, Treviso 1740, Samuel Thompson, London 1720, Thomas Perry, 1780 Dublin. She also plays - with the baroque bow of course - on a beautiful modern violin built in 2020 by the German luthier Stefan-Peter Greiner.
Barry Guy is an innovative bass player and composer whose creative diversity in the fields of jazz improvisation, chamber and orchestral performance and solo recitals is the outcome both of an unusually varied training and a zest for experimentation, underpinned by a dedication to the double bass and the ideal of musical communication.
He is founder and Artistic Director of the London Jazz Composers Orchestra and the BGNO (Barry Guy New Orchestra) for which he has written several extended works. In 2014 he founded the “Blue Shroud Band” to perform his composition “The Blue Shroud” based on Picasso’s painting “Guernica” with texts by the Irish poet Kerry Hardie.
His concert works for chamber orchestras, chamber groups and soloists have been widely performed and his skilful and inventive writing has resulted in an exceptional series of compositions.
Barry Guy continues to give solo recitals throughout Europe as well as continuing associations with colleagues involved in improvised, baroque and contemporary music.
In 2016 Barry Guy was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Middlesex , London and also appointed Visiting Professor to the Rhythmic Conservatory in Copenhagen.
Among his is current ensembles are the Homburger / Guy Duo, the "Acanthis" Trio with Lucas Niggli and Maya Homburger, the Duo with Jordina Milla, the Parker / Guy / Lytton trio, "Tarfala" with Mats Gustafsson and Raymond Strid, the Trio with Torben Snekkestad and Agusti Fernandez, “Free Radicals” with Peter Evans (tpt) and Agusti Fernandez (piano) as well as various piano trios: The Izumi Kimura Trio with Gerry Hemingway, the trio with Agusti Fernandez and Zlatko Kaucic and the longstanding trio with Marilyn Crispell and Paul Lytton.
“Folio” his work for strings, baroque violin, violin and improvising bass was released on ECM, “Time Passing…” with the Camerata Zürich and the vocal soloists Anja Pöche, Savina Yannatou and Matthew Brook on the Maya Recordings Label.
In 2019 he completed a commission for the KRONOS String Quartet as part of their series “50 for the Future”.
His solo works for violin, played by Maya Homburger, can be heard, framed by the Sonatas and Partitas by J.S. Bach, on three solo violin CDs released on the Maya Recordings Label.
Clémence Manachère comes from the southwest of France, from the foot of the Pyrenees and from the hand of the Atlantic.
At the age of 9 she studied solfège and classical piano at the Conservatory of Pau, France.
At 14, she participates in the festival "les Enfants du Jazz" and hears Elvin Jones live in Barcelonnette, her grandmother's village in the "Alpes de haute Provence" - her baptism in jazz.
At 15 and 16 she participates again in the festival ',les Enfants du Jazz''.
At 16, she buys her first flute and begins to learn the instrument autodidactically.
From 18 to 24 she studies architecture in Toulouse, Mexico City and Paris-Belleville.
At 23, during her last year of studies in Paris-Belleville, she takes lessons with the saxophonist and flutist Guillaume Naturel.
From Paris she travels to Brazil, where she plays in the Orchestra da Escóla Portatil de Chorro and the Orquestra da Pro Arte and João Bosco.
Back in Europe, she studies jazz flute at the preparatory course of the Berlin-Neukölln Music School.
In October 2017, she begins jazz studies at the HfMT Hamburg, where she studies with Fiete Felsch and Gabriel Coburger. Additionally, she starts taking drum lessons with Mark Nauseef. The rhythmic vision of Mark Nauseef is a huge improvisational and compositional impulse for her.
To bring her compositions to life, she creates her project Underwater.
Her first record, Clémence Manachère Unterwasser, was released in February 2020.
In February 2021, she creates her second project ,,Introspection Quartet'' where she experiments graphic notation.
In October 2021, her band Unterwasser will record in a new line-up the second record EXPLOSANTE in Hamburg.
Born and raised in Lower Saxony, Schnabel attended Hamburg’s Academy for Music and Theater and had the opportunity to study with Ernst Friedrich Felsch, Marcio Doctor, Frank Gratkowski, and Wolf Kerschek among others. She has recorded with Dominic Miller and Lars Danielsson, and performed with Jiggs Whigham, Maria Joao and Michel Benita as well as the late legends Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor. She has won several scholarships as well as the "Echo"-Jazz prize, the "IB.SH Jazzaward", the Jazzspatz prize, the Praetorius Music Preis, the ''Spezialpreis für Komponistinnen'' of JazzcompGraz and the Ebel Stipendium. Anna-Lena is currently a member of the "Orchestre National de Jazz" (ONJ)and performed with the ''Bundesjugendjazzorchester''(BuJazzO) and she also played Saxophone with the ''Hamburger Symphoniker''. Apart from appearing on stage on highly recommended festivals (Jazzbaltica, Elbjazzfestival, Jazzfest Berlin) she also regularly plays abroad (China. Australia. France. Poland. Russia. Turkey. Ungary. Senegal and Guinea-Bissau)
Composer-Performer Jana De Troyer positions herself at the dynamic borders between styles and disciplines. Concurrently, she deftly switches between her roles of composer, free improviser, instrumentalist, human, sound artist and programmer. Coming from a background as a contemporary saxophonist, Jana has always been curious about further exploring and fusing various modes of expression. This “Experimentierfreude” has brought about a myriad of creative collaborations with composers, musicians and artists from other disciplines such as visual arts, dance and coding.
An experienced interpreter of scores, Jana strives to translate artist’s ideas as accurately as possible, whether it be conventionally notated or in more open forms such as text scores, video scores or graphical scores. She has studied the Western saxophone canon and greatly relishes assisting and collaborating with living composers on the realisation of new work. Led by the joy of performing, she enters the stage with or without instruments, using whatever is necessary to bring her collaborator’s ideas to life.
Jana’s open mindset can also be seen in her improvisational practice, where she actively combines her classical and contemporary saxophonist training with other sound sources, movement and electronics. She has had the pleasure to play with great improvisers in a range of constellations, varying from duo performances to improvisation orchestras and on stages from Stockholm to Palermo.
Her own compositional output consists of both instrumental and electronic music, as well as interactive installations, web art and audiovisual works. She has developed works for knitting guitar quartet (Fashionista’s), kissers (DU-O), a window cleaner (Putzzwang), Tiktok-loving improvisers (FMO_1), meditating audience and cactus (Intimate Space Study 1a), and more. At the core of her work is a deep sonic exploration of non-musical concepts, which often leads to the integration of interdisciplinary means.
Christian Höhn (geb. 1999 in Eutin) lebt als Trompeter und Komponist in Hamburg. Er studierte von 2017 bis 2021 Jazz an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg bei Prof. Claus Stötter und absolviert aktuell den Dr. Langner Jazzmaster bei Lehrern wie Percy Pursglove, Matthias Höfs, Ansgar Striepens und Geir Lysne. Er spielte während der Schulzeit in den Landesjugendjazzorchestern Schleswig-Holstein und Hamburg und war anschließend von 2020 bis 2022 Mitglied des renommierten Bundesjazzorchesters.
Christian Höhn stand bereits mit Jazzgrößen wie Randy Brecker, Nils Landgren, Bill Evans, Tim Hagans, Jeff Ballard, John Clayton und der NDR Bigband auf der Bühne. Er absolvierte Konzertreisen in die USA, nach Japan, Schweden, Italien und in die Schweiz und spielte Konzerte auf dem Elbjazz-Festival und der JazzBaltica. Dort wurde er 2021 auch mit dem IB.SH-JazzAward für herausragende künstlerische Leistungen ausgezeichnet. 2022 gewann er mit seinem Quartett BLUFF den Jungen Deutschen Jazzpreis. Im Februar 2023 erschien das Debütalbum der Band „Sleight of Hand“.
lebt als Posaunist und Komponist in Hamburg. Seine musikalische Ausbildung an der Posaune begann er mit 12 Jahren bei seinem Mentor Detlef Landeck. Mittlerweile studiert er an der HfMT Hamburg bei Dan Gottshall und Gabriel Coburger.
Classically trained pianist, composer and music theorist Martin Zamorano is a Spanish musician based in Hamburg who exists between genres and influences like jazz, classical music, rock or hip hop. His music combines the freshness of rhythm and melody from popular music with polyphonic techniques and advanced harmonies. His classical compositions have been performed in Hamburg's Laeiszhalle, at the Opera Leipzig and at several festivals in Oxford, Madrid, Hamburg and Cologne.
He often performs as a pianist, and his repertoire includes, among classical works, his own compositions and sets of improvisation, partly with a loop station. As an interpreter he focuses on the works of uncelebrated and female composers, such as Clara Schumann, Theodor Kirchner, Mompou and Morfydd Llwyn Owen.
As a Jazz musician Martin Zamorano won the Young Talents Jazz competition in Hamburg in 2014 with his trio and founded Jazz ensemble SNiCE, for which he composes most of the music. In his work for SNiCE he seeks to connect jazz and its improvisational attitude with different styles, creating a genre-fluid musical experience. Since 2022 he is part of the prestigious Dr. Langner Master Jazz Programm in Hamburg.
After graduating in Music Theorie with a master thesis on „Negative Harmony" in Hamburg, he started teaching at the conservatory of Lübeck. Since 2023 he teaches Piano and Popular Music in the “Staatliche Jugendmusikschule Hamburg”.
Carmen Kleykens Vidal is a sound artist, multimedia composer, improviser and cellist based in Hamburg, Germany. Her work explores text as media with an experimental approach, using voice, body and sound control in the space as main sources of virtual action and strong political message.
She is currently the main cellist of Barcelona Modern Ensemble performing in the International Composition Course Barcelona Modern and working with composers as Mark Andre, Benet Casablancas, Demian Luna or Francesco Filidei among others. She has played as soloist and with ensembles in halls as Auditori de Barcelona, Palau de la Música Catalana, Phonos UB, Fundació Miró, Fylkingen, Fort de Vaise, between others and participated in projects as "Fifty for the Future" of Kronos Quartet, playing with them in the festival "Grec" of Barcelona.
She has given Improvisation masterclasses in the Post-grade of Improvisation of ESMUC, Barcelona and participated in the Sound Plasma Festival with the Estonian premiere of ‘In Vain’ by J. F. Haas with Ensemble for New Music Tallinn. In 2021 she released her first album of free improvisation with Camilla Nebbia, Axel Filip & Paul Pignon with ears&eyes Records and carries the cello of Sergio Castrillón making the premiere of Yo soy la Selva for prepared cello.
She has worked as composer and sound designer in Die Versammlung, production by Herbordt & Mohren that was hosted in the Theater Rampe, Stuttgart, as beginning of season 2022/2023, having a continuous collaboration with DieInstitution.com. Also Carmen will participate in the Incubateur de Royaumont 2023 with Dichotomia Tactus, a project created by Regrat Duo (Carolina Santiago & Carmen Kleykens -piano & multimedia) in collaboration with the software developers LiSiLog.com.
Carmen studied the European Masters in Contemporary Music CoPeCo (in Tallinn, Stockholm, Lyon and Hamburg) being her main tutors Michele Tadini, Jean Geoffroy and Greg Beller. Currently, she is studying the Master Degree in Multimedia Composition at the HfMT Hamburg (Germany) with Prof. Alexander Schubert and Konstantina Orlandatou and working as a sound producer in HOOU.
is an Australian guitarist, improvisor and teacher currently based in Hamburg, Germany. She enjoys crossing musical boundaries between folk, jazz, rock and classical genres as well as interdisciplinary explorations into theatre and film.
Danica is currently working on various projects including gigging and composing for modern jazz ensemble Warmbluetig, who will release their debut album later this year; performing with Hamburger Guitarist Pouya Abdi as duo Guitar Club; working on projects with composer Elizabeth Jigalin as New Music duo dnka+zil, as well as playing guitar, banjo and mandolin in pit orchestras, most recently at the State Theatre and Hayes Theatre Co. She is also a session musician for pop and rock acts, being hired as the backing band for Australian artists such as Courtney Act and cabaret performer Catherine Alcorn, performing at venues such as the Sydney Opera House and ELEVATE Sydney Festival.
She is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, holding a Bachelor of Music Studies in Classical Guitar and a Bachelor of Music Performance in Jazz Guitar. She is currently studying in the Dr. Langner Jazzmaster programme at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg with a focus on composition, studying with her musical heroes Andrea Keller, Reinier Baas and Sven Kerschek.
is a Vietnamese multimedia composer, improviser and performer living in Hamburg. She completed her Bachelor of Musicology at the Vietnam National Academy of Music, a program in New Compositional Techniques at the University of Music and Theater Hamburg with Prof. Helmut Erdmann and is currently enrolled in Master in Multimedia Composition with Prof. Dr. Georg Hajdu, Prof. Dr. Gordon Kampe and Prof. Dr. Alexander Schubert.
Her works are a journey of exploring individuality in an attempt to connect with the surrounding social environment. She is trying to build a way of expression in which music and performance are two indivisible parts.
Tam Thi Pham plays electronic music, objects and Dan Bau (traditional Vietnamese instrument). One of her main interests is working with choreographers and dancers both as an improviser and as a composer. One aspect of this made networked music performance a focus of her current works (2020-), with the “2×2 WindowS” project (a collaboration with Japanese dancer Minori Sumiyoshiyama) garnering a lot of attention in Asia (Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia) and her “here&there” project being awarded funding and support from Goethe Institute in Hanoi. Another big interest of Tam Thi Pham lies in microtonal music, which she sees as both an expressive element and a research tool, helping her immerse herself into the rich culture of traditional Vietnamese music and transform it into a new, contemporary language and forms.
Besides her activities as a composer and a performer, she was also very active as an organizer of various discussions on contemporary music and art and concerts in Hanoi and Hamburg. She has also been participating at festivals in Vietnam, Germany, Japan, Indonesia and Serbia. such as: “Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival”, Hanoi, 2014; “Hanoi New Music Festival”, Hanoi, 2013 and 2018; “Beyond Sound” – a series of concerts of experimental music, Heritage space, Hanoi; 2016, 2017 and 2018; “Dance and music camp” with composer Heine Goebbels, Hanoi 2018; “New Music Festival”, Lüneburg, 2016, 2018 – 2021; “Blurred edges” festival, Hamburg, 2019, 2021; “41. International study week for contemporary music”, Hamburg, 2019 ; “next_generation 8.0 and 8.5” festival, Karlsruhe, 2019 and 2021; “Dance fest” Hanoi, 2019; “46.New Music Festival-Portrait Concert: Tam Thi Pham” at HfMT, Hamburg, 2020; Misch Masch festival, NPO Dance Box, Japan 2021; Exhibition “Zemljišta: situacije i dokumenta” (EN: “Grounds: situations and documents) at Gallery ”Jovan Popović” in Opovo, Serbia, 2021; “here&there” in reconnect – program of Goethe Institute in Hanoi, 2021; TAOI/ II, 2019 and TAOI (The Art of Improvisation) 2021..., Indonesian Dance festival (2021)
has been acquainted with the Helsinki electronic music scene for the past decade both as a musician and an event organizer. Toikkanen’s own productions include conceptual electronics such as compositions formed from vibrations of plant matter. Recently Toikkanen has been extending his music production into the field of live-coding and computer-assisted composition. His approach to forming sound is close to crafting ceramics. For Viktor, sound is like clay which you shape into more complex forms. There is no beginning or end. Music is always playing. It is just about the space and time where you step in and out.
comes from the Black Forest and began his musical career at the age of ten and his musical education at the music college in Regensburg. In his early twenties, he moved to Berlin to take lessons with Holger Nell and get to know the scene. There he played in various bands and projects. After the pandemic, he decided to study jazz at the HfMT Hamburg, where he is currently still studying. He now also plays in numerous bands here (Warmbluetig/ howtokope./ Call Me Kandis/ RE:ST etc.) and also puts his own projects on the stages of Hamburg. His drum set up is rustic but is being decorated with more and more percussion instruments from all over the world. His musical horizon is also expanding - he is already one of Hamburg's most sought-after young musicians.
photo: Fabian Hammerl
Vlatko Kučan (b. 1963 Sarajevo, Ex-Yugoslavia) studied popular music, jazz and music therapy at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.
He works as a musician (instruments: saxophones and clarinets), composer, producer, music therapist and educator.
His various works focus and explore the possibilities of artistic expression through the art of improvisation. They cross and extend traditional boundaries of contemporary music, jazz, improvised music, theatre and film music. Another focus of Kucan’s work is the combination of literature, philosophy and music. He also works as a director for radio plays and audio books.
He performed and collaborated with leading protagonists of contemporary jazz (i.e. Carla Bley, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton, Marion Brown, Bill Elgart, Dieter Glawischnig, Howard Johnson, Jay Oliver, Barre Philips, Tomasz Stanko, Steve Swallow, Kenny Wollesen) and improvised music (i.e. Derek Bailey, Malcolm Goldstein, Barry Guy, Aleksander Kolkowski, Jim Menesses, Rajesh Mehta, Lauren Newton, Maggie Nichols, Mia Zabelka).
His theatre collaborations include directors Karin Beier, Michael Bogdanov, Herbert Fritsch, Brian Michaels, Robert Wilson and musicians Tom Waits, Lester Bowie and Giora Feidman.
His works on literature and music include productions based on texts by Friedrich Nietzsche, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Charles Baudelaire, Anne Sexton and Mascha Kaleko and collaborations with various actors (i.e. Christian Brückner, Hannelore Elsner, Corinna Harfouch, Susanne Lothar, Dietmar Mues, Barbara Nüsse, Christian Redl, Lars Rudolph, Hanna Schygulla, Otto Sander, Ulrich Tukur, Ulrich Wildgruber) and authors (i.e. Peter Handke, Siri Hustvedt, Hellmuth Karasek, Siegfried Lenz, Benjamin Lebert, Helmut Schmidt).
Vlatko Kučan is teaching Improvisation at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater (HfMT) in Hamburg, Germany at the Jazz department BA and MA programs and the Contemporary Performance and Composition (CoPeCo) MA program. Since 2018 he is the head of the Social Performance, Interdisciplinary Improvisation and Creativity (SPIIC+) project, that is now part of the artistic research lab of the new ligeti center in Hamburg. He has been a visiting artist and lecturer and has held workshops on Improvisation at international academic institutions.