4.Mai.2014 / Burkhard Beins / Adapt/Oppose / David Rothenberg / Why Make Music with the Sounds of Nature?

Percussionist-composer Burkhard Beins and philosopher-woodwinds performer David Rothenberg present genre-bending music and research in the first event of 2014. Beins’ presentation will focus on Adapt/Oppose, a modular graphic score for improvisers. Rothenberg will spin new variations on his decades-long investigation of birdsong and the interface of human and natural music-making.

In addition to his Certain Sundays presentation, Beins will offer an Adapt/Oppose workshop 17-18 May:

Burkhard Beins – Adapt/Oppose Workshop
Musikalische Interaktion in Gruppen, basierend auf graphischer Notation
(für Fortgeschrittene und Anfänger, alle Instrumente)

17. + 18.5.2014
je 14:30 – 18:00
Neuen Musikschule Berlin
Köpenickerstrasse 159, 10997 Berlin
Anmeldung erbeten unter infoatneue-musikschule-berlindotde
Preis pro Person für beide Tage 40 EUR

Burkhard Beins (1964, Lower Saxony) has lived in Berlin since 1995. As a composer-performer working in the fields of experimental music and sound art he is known for his use of percussion in combination with objects, electronics, and electro-acoustic instruments. Since the late 1980’s he has performed at international venues and festivals throughout Europe, America, Australia and Asia such as the LMC Festival (London), Darmstädter Ferienkurse, SKIF (St. Petersburg), Donaueschinger Musiktage, Musique Action (Nancy), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Kid Ailack Music Hall (Tokyo), Gaudeamus Festival (Amsterdam), Liquid Architecture (Australia), Taktlos (CH), Wien Modern, MoMA (New York), or Maerzmusik (Berlin). He is a member of groups like Perlonex, Activity Center, Polwechsel, Mensch Mensch Mensch, Phosphor, The Sealed Knot, and Splitter Orchester and also works with Keith Rowe, Sven-Åke Johansson, Chris Abrahams, Orm Finnendahl, John Tilbury, Charlemagne Palestine and many others. He has released more than 40 CDs and LPs on labels such as 2:13 Music, Zarek, Erstwhile, Hat Hut, Potlatch, Absinth and Confront. Beins has also published several articles on music theory, and is a co-editor of the book Echtzeitmusik Berlin – Self-Defining a Scene.


ECM recording artist David Rothenberg has performed and recorded on clarinet with Jan Bang, Scanner, Glen Velez, Karl Berger, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. He has twelve CDs out under his own name, including “On the Cliffs of the Heart,” named one of the top ten releases of 1995 by Jazziz magazine and “One Dark Night I Left My Silent House,” a duet album with pianist Marilyn Crispell, called “une petite miracle” by Le Monde and named by The Village Voice one of the ten best CDs of 2010. Rothenberg is the author of Why Birds Sing, book and CD, published in seven languages and the subject of a BBC television documentary. He is also the author of numerous other books on music, art, and nature, including Thousand Mile Song, about making music with whales, and Survival of the Beautiful, about aesthetics in evolution. His latest book and CD is Bug Music, featuring the sounds of the entomological world. It has been featured on PBS News Hour and in the New Yorker. Rothenberg is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.