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Was ist Improvisation?

Film essay by Uli Aumüller (2007)

In cooperation with Babylon

Since the beginning of humanity there has been music and originally music would have been improvisation. Only after the invention of the written word was a seldom noble rivalry unleashed, as to which music was purer: music born in the moment or music that is first notated?
Uli Aumüller observed and interviewed 10 different ensembles and musicians, as to whether there are similarities between a baroque string quartet and Syrian-Arabic music, between Japanese noise and French organ improvisation, between jazz and the improvisational work of Chopin, Bach or Schumann. The Film gives an insight into the diversity and beauty of improvised musical forms, bows before the abandonment and unconstraint of the musicians, which appears all the more pronounced, the more the musicians express themselves.

With flautando Köln, Ensemble Abed Azrié, Tetsuo Furudate, Bob Ostertag, Thierry Mechler, Reinhard Gagel, Pièrre-Stéphane Meugé, Geneviève Strosser, das mollsche gesetz, Maria de Alvear, Rochus Aust/Re-Load Futura, Gabriela Montero.