Friday/Saturday 23. and 24. Sepember 2022 | 8pm
Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin

maulwerker performing music

Three world premieres, composed for the individual voices of the Maulwerkers, will be created in close collaboration with the ensemble. Margarete Huber will create a cartography of the vocal potential of the Maulwerkers and catalog the individual sounds. Her composition will thus become a portrait of the group. On the foil of a text excerpt by Flann O’Brien, voice and live electronics in Andrea Neumann’s solo composition »Rencontre 5« enter into various mixed relationships; they appropriate each other, overwrite each other and lose their original identity. Boris Filanovsky processes the Russian attack on Ukraine in »Mariupol«; his piece has no text, only phonemes. The world premieres are flanked by two repertory pieces: Travis Just’s »Quintet 1: Five Voices« alternates sung notes that create beats with noisy fricative surfaces. Rebecca Saunders’ »O« uses the monologue of Molly Bloom from James Joyce’s Ulysses; Saunders transfers the linguistic-musical virtuosity of the text into a solo of existential power.

Margarete Huber: »Kartographie« (2022, WP)
Rebecca Saunders: »O« (2017)
Travis Just: »Quintet 1: Five Voices« (2006/ Version 2022)
Andrea Neumann: »Rencontre 5« (2022, WP)
Boris Filanovsky: »Mariupol« (2022, WP)

Maulwerker: Ariane Jeßulat, Henrik Kairies Christian Kesten, Katarina Rasinski, Tilmann Walzer, Steffi Weismann
sound design: Matthias Erian, light design: Fabian Eichner, production: Vilém Wagner

a production of Maulwerker in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. funded by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin e.V. The concert is part of Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik Berlin.

Sonntag 25. Sept. 2022 | 15:00 Uhr
Eine Erkundungsreise zu abgelegenen Klängen mit den Maulwerkern
Familienformat für Kinder 5-9 Jahre, Künstlerische Leitung und Moderation: Daniella Strasfogel

Samstag 8. Okt. 2022 |19 :00 Uhr
HausKunstMitte, Heidestraße 54, 10557 Berlin
free entry to the exhibition and the concert

Concert in the courtyard at the finissage of the exhibition GEGENSPRECHANLAGE, curated by Daniela Fromberg.

Ann Noël & Steffi Weismann: YOU (for video projection + 5 voices)
Karmella Tsepkolenko & Gisela Weimann: Sub Rosa (for video projection + 3 female voices)
Ariane Jeßulat: Mauchaut IV — for 5 voices and Objects (WP)
Henrik Kairies: Air and Water pieces (WP)

supported by Musikfonds

9. Nov. 2022
MINU Festival Kopenhagen

September 5th 2022 | 7:30pm
Lichthaus Kino, Am Kirschberg 4, 99423 Weimar


This concert is an investigation of contemporary music production, cognitive abilities, limits of acoustic perception and multimedia content to soothe one‘s inner emptiness. The politics of commissioning, the role of authors, the pragmatism of the professional musician, the social situation, the legitimacy of the work itself, the work of art as an attempt at creative development in social networks, the exchange of interests in compulsive consumption of productions and disinformation and the resulting lack of concentration of the ideal audience are just some of the questions to be examined.

At the centre of this evening with the Weimar ensemble via nova and the Maulwerker from Berlin is the commissioned work "Autotune para el pueblo" (Autotune for the People) by Belenish Moreno-Gil & Óscar Escudero for performer, flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, autotuned Greek choir, video and live electronics (funded by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation). Other works by Margareta Ferek-Petric, Moritz Eggert, Raquel García- Tomás (Video: Pere Ginard) (World Premiere), Jule Flierl, Johannes K. Hildebrandt, Christian Kesten and Steffi Weismann.

with Ensemble Via Nova (Weimar) and Maulwerker (Berlin)
solist: Christian Kesten, choir: Ariane Jeßulat, Henrik Kairies, Katarina Rasinski, Steffi Weismann

an event produced by Verein für Junge Musik e.V. in cooperation with ensemble via nova, funded/supported by BKM & Neustart Kultur, GEMA-Stiftung, Kulturstiftung Thüringen, Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung

Friday May 6th 2022 |8:15 pm
super bien! greenhouse for contemporary art in public space

Milchhof, Schwedterstr. 232, 10435 Berlin-Mitte (free entry)
PLACES + SPACES #3 related to transition

In their third edition of the outdoor concerts "Places & Spaces", the Maulwerkers conceive a program for the Milchhof, in the center of which the greenhouse superbien! seems to float like a space craft amidst the natural wildness of the yard. Bodies, things, and sounds are activated in and around the glass house, and transferred via wireless microphones and mobile loudspeakers into an acoustically augmented reality. The performative concert begins in brightness and passes through dusk until it transitions into an audiovisual installation later in the evening. The pieces composed by Ariane Jeßulat, Lorena Izquierdo, Katarina Rasinski and Steffi Weismann are transformed into a multi-layered spatial soundscape together with the performers Christian Kesten, Tilmann Walzer and Özgür Erkök Moroder.

Katarina Rasinski: Leichtkraft – Schwerkraft (Light force – Gravity), for glasses and Cello (2022)

Ariane Jeßulat: All-Talk – Machaut III, for voices, objects and microphoned strings (2022)

Steffi Weismann: Displacement, for objects, soprano, video projection and movable loudspeakers (2022)

Maulwerker and guests: Ariane Jeßulat, Lorena Izquierdo, Christian Kesten, Özgür Erkök Moroder, Katarina Rasinski, Tilmann Walzer, Steffi Weismann
Sound: Matthias Erian
a production of Maulwerker in cooperation with Elisabeth Sonneck/super bien!

Saturday March 19th 2022 | 3pm -11pm
Savvy Contemporary and Silent Green, Berlin-Wedding
“In What Century Will the Earth’s North and South Poles Change Polarities?” INVOCATIONS – On, Of, For, With Ben Patterson – a project of SAVVY Contemporary, in collaboration with MaerzMusik Festival, co-funded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Exhibition opening with performances, concerts, films and lectures, with Maulwerker (Ariane Jessulat, Christian Kesten, Tilmann Walzer, Steffi Weismann), The String Archestra, Christopher A. Williams, George Lewis a.o.
curated by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Kamila Metwaly and Berno Odo Polzer

Free Entry 3G >more informations to the program<

Monday March 21. 2022 |4:30 pm at SAVVY Contemporary, Reinickendorferstr. 17, 13347 Berlin
LECTURE/TALK – with Maulwerker* (Ariane Jessulat, Christian Kesten, Steffi Weismann) and Ann Noël. We will talk inside of the current Patterson-exhibition about collaborations with Ben Patterson and the approach to perform Fluxus from a first hand experience over many decades. Short video documentations and also a female perspective on Fluxus is part of this talk.

October 14. / 15. 2021 | 20:00 Ballhaus Ost, Berlin
maulwerker performing music: TYPOGRAPHIES

Federico Barabino Silencio Visual (2011/2021)
graphical score for voices

Mazen Kerbaj Learning Arabic (2021, WP)
in three parts: 1. The Sound; 2. The Alphabet; 3. Reading
for 5 performers and 1 director

Ann Noël YOU (1982/2021) WP
collective composition for 6 voices and video

Annette Schmucki staben (2014)
for three toypianos and speaking voices

Gerhard Stäbler SPEED (1997)
for two groups of 3 vocalists

Laura Mello / Nicolas Wiese Hesitation Choir (2021, WP) composition for a dynamical, typographical score, live-electronics and three vocalists

with generous support of initiative neue musik berlin e.V.

September 19th 2021
Festival Jauna Muzika, Vilnius, Lithuania
maulwerker performing music: KŪNAI. ERDVĖS.

Neo Hülcker: Give Paw! (2017)
Sven-Åke Johansson: WE WA WO (2016)
Jule Flierl: d!ssoc!at!on_study_2 (2018)
Christian Kesten: Still nothing is known about the Guam Flying Foxes’ way of living. (2018)
Alessandro Bosetti: Trinitaire (2015)
Indrė Liškauskaitė: Jump! Jump! Tunnel! Tunnel! (WP/2021)

supported by the Goethe Institute

12. September 2021 6pm – free admission
Sarotti-Höfe, Mehringdamm 55, 10961 Berlin (at Exploratorium)
SPACES & PLACES #2 situative outdoor concert

Ariane Jeßulat – Machaut au courant (WP)
Henrik Kairies – Tours de Cours (WP)
Christian Kesten – Sieben Höfe (WP)
Alexey Kokhanov– buoyant (WP)
Katarina Rasinski – Buffalo Bill bei Sarotti (WP)
Rebecca Saunders – O (für Sopran solo, 2017)
Steffi Weismann – Cluster to Chain (for three groups with objects, WP)

In their new series ORTE & RÄUME (Spaces & Places), the Maulwerkers dedicate themselves to specific places in urban space in order to experience them acoustically. After the musical exploration of the inner courtyard of the ACUD in August 2020, they now visit the SAROTTI courtyards in Kreuzberg.
Where do sounds sound when we hear them? - The psychology of perception knows many answers to this question, digital technology even knows many exact answers to it, nevertheless 7 vocal performers, a few instruments and a remote spatial situation are enough to undermine familiar parameters and to make the self-evident seem outrageous. The Maulwerkers conceived new compositions specifically for the Sarotti courtyards, challenging the audience to reconstruct the space by listening, to pursue counterpoints around twisted corners, to reassemble polyphony again and again. Sonic mixtures across spatial distances, Spaltklänge on location, and deliberate dissociations of sounds and their sources play with notions of distance, attraction, order, and perhaps tensions that we currently encounter more charged than before COVID-19.

this event is part of: Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik MdzM

12. August 2021 | 7:30pm Galerie Amalienpark | Raum für Kunst
Breite Straße 23, 13187 Berlin-Pankow

CONTACTS - concert for voices and Objects – performance in the frame of the exhibition Alles Kunst?! – Experimentelles in Kunst & Musik

Maulwerker Trio: Ariane Jeßulat, Katarina Rasinski and Steffi Weismann

Katarina Rasinski – Weißes Rauschen (UA)
Steffi Weismann – Gaze and Friction (UA)
Christian Kesten – Zunge lösen (1990/1999)
Ariane Jeßulat – s´accorder Machaut (UA)
Michael Hirsch – Intérieur à 1 (2015)
Henrik Kairies – Tri-Harmoni(k)a (2020)
Alison Knowles – Nivea Cream Piece (1962)

22. June 2021 KONTRAKLANG at the Parochialkirche, Berlin
Rolf Julius SONGBOOK 1- 6 for 6 voices
16. -18. June 2021 | 8pm
Ballhaus Ost Berlin, Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin
Steffi Weismann: A or B
quadrophonic concert installation for 7 performers, objects, live-video and participating audience

A or B, either-or, left or right. Binarity assumes symmetries and creates counter-positions. What happens when these are reinforced or dissolved? This new scope disrupts habitual bodily experiences and reveals simultaneously how subjectively we perceive the world.
With this audiovisual composition, Steffi Weismann draws from her long term intermedial practice that employs amplified objects and performative music. Voices and actions are quadraphonically spatialized and connect tactile processes with hearing and seeing. Initially, visitors move individually through an interactive route until they take a seat on one of the two sides of the audience area. In the live situation, the combination of text, sound and image opens up real and imaginary spaces. The performance revolves around changing perspectives and the corporeal presence of the audience and performers.

performed by Maulwerker and guests: Ariane Jessulat, Henrik Kairies, Christian Kesten, Katarina Rasinski, Özgür Erkök-Moroder, Fernanda Farah, Lorena Izquierdo.
composition, choreography, set design, video: Steffi Weismann
costumes: Dorothee Scheiffarth, light design: Ruth Waldeyer, sound: Matthias Erian, multi-channel programming sound: Annette Krebs, photography and assistance: Julia Cremers, cameras live-stream: Susanne Elgeti, Isabell Spengler, public relations: Sascha Wolters, production: Vilém Wagner

13€/9€ only online tickets:
Entry every minute from 7:45 pm onward, one person at the time
Language: German and English, 70 min.
We offer on June 18th from 19:45 a free Live-Stream!

a production by Steffi Weismann & Maulwerker in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost, funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, supported by Errant Sound e.V

31. May 2021 | 8pm
CoFestival – International Contemporary Dance Festival
Ljubljana Slowenia

maulwerker performing music VOCAL SPACES. COMPOSED BODIES. works by Antonia Baehr, Jule Flierl, Christian Kesten, Michael Hirsch, Dieter Schnebel, Steffi Weismann

supported by NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ Gastspielförderung Tanz International, Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien

Saturday/ Sunday 31. Oct. / 1. Nov. 2020| 8pm
Ballhaus Ost, Berlin
THE REVENGE – Rachen, Mundhöhlen und andere akustische Räume.
> more informations
> video documentation

Serge Baghdassarians & Boris Baltschun: auspacken / unboxing (2016)

Antje Vowinckel: Gipfeltreffen (2019)

Hanna Hartman: The Revenge (2020) WP

Cathy van Eck: We Are Prepared (2020) WP

Sunday 1. Nov. 2020 |4pm
Think Tank "Getan, gemeint, gehört, gedacht – Klang und Klangerzeugung in Musik und Performance" keynote by Volker Straebel and panel discussion with the composers of the evening moderated by Ariane Jessulat
See video documentation

supporded by: Initiative Neue Musik Berlin e.V.,
Musikfonds e.V. mit Projektmitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien and Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung.

2. / 3. September 2020 | 8pm – Attention limited seats!
Acker Stadt Palast Berlin
Makiko Nishikaze: BREAKFAST OPERA
full lenght documentation >online now

COMPOSITION Makiko Nishikaze | SCENE Makiko Nishikaze & Maulwerker | STAGE Steffi Weismann, Hsuan Huang | COSTUMES Hsuan Huang | VIDEO Steffi Weismann | LIGHT DESIGN Hendrik Haupt | PRODUCTION Vilém Wagner MAULWERKER Ariane Jeßulat, Henrik Kairies, Christian Kesten, Steffi Weismann
This piece was premiered at BAM (Berliner Festival for contemporary music theatre) in September 2018. The performances in 2020 are funded by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa

19. August 2020 | concert 7:30
ACUD MACHT NEU - Odd Wednesday
Maulwerker SPACES & PLACES #1 Acud’s inner courtyard
Spatial music from balconies and roofs, from windows and staircases.
Works by Antonia Baehr, Fernanda Farah, Ariane Jessulat, Henrik Kairies, Christian Kesten, Steffi Weismann, and Maulwerker collective.
Odd Wednesday is a concert series curated by Mélodie Melak

The audience is in the courtyard open air. Please keep distance to each other and wear a mask. See video documentation

3 March, 2020 | 8:00pm
UNERHÖRTE MUSIK – BKA BERLIN BASTARD. Chamber music for voices, gestures and instruments
BKA Mehringdamm 34 | Berlin-Kreuzberg

In this chamber music programme the Maulwerkers work on the transitions between concertante and theatrical performance. Just as gestures are understood auditory and as chamber music, the theatrical potential of instrumental pieces will be explored. Not in added gestures or intentional, added expression, but in an audible awareness for the stage of the keyboard, the spatiality of sounds and the performativity of musical communication, with which the pieces of the programme play virtuously.

ANDREA NEUMANN Quartett Nr. 1 (2018)
ANNETTE SCHMUCKI staben (2014) for 3 toy pianos and voice
MICHAEL HIRSCH Bastard (1997/98) for piano
MICHAEL HIRSCH Mouvement à 5 (1995) for piano, guitar, glockenspiel, noise maker (foley artist), sound files
CLARA GERVAIS Gesetzt (2015) World Premiere, on a text by Karl Marx for 7 voices
ERNSTALBRECHT STIEBLER Einklang for voices, violin, violoncello, glasses, synthesizers

7.Nov. 2019 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm
FLUXUS Intervention in the exhibition Local Histories
Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Entry free of charges

In the exhibition Local Histories (Rieckhallen), the Ensemble Maulwerker restages pieces from the Fluxus movement (by George Brecht, Dick Higgins, Mieko Shiomi and Nam June Paik a.o.) and John Cage. The compositions range between Performance Art and Conceptual Art, Sound Art and concert, in doing so, connect with the topics presented in the collection which – with its spatial paintings and performative sculptures – exhibits genre-defying works.