Laurenz Gemmer | musical advisor

is professor for piano playing at the Academies of Music of Cologne, Osnabrück and Rostock, Germany. He studied with Paulo Álvares, Florian Weber and Hubert Nuß at the Academies of Music of Köln and Osnabrück classical and modern music as well as jazz..With a grant of the Kunststiftung NRW he studied indian music in Chennai (Madras). At the Grotrian Steinweg Wettbewerben in Weimar he won the audience award, as well the awards for songplay and improvisation. With the multicultural production „Shifting Grounds“ of the ZZT Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln he started collaborating with dance continuing with the duo „SubContinentiousCycles“ with dancer Photini Meletiadis. Present projects cover the fields of experimental music with performance „Das Klangregime“ or Electronics „Turm der Liebe“ up to the repertory of modern music with his Trio GeradeUngerade“ which is presented at the Philharmonie Köln and internationally.

Christoph Hillmann

Drums, Percussion, Elektronic Sounds

is one of the high profile sidemen of German contemporary Jazzmusic. He embraces modern jazz, chambermusic and livemanipulated electronic soundscapes. Uses exotic percussion instruments and selfmade instruments. He played live and as studio musician with Norbert Stein “Pata Masters”, “A.Tronic” with Dave Liebmann/ Charlie Mariano, Frank Speer Quartett, with Nils Wogram, Angelika Nisciers “Sublim”, with Hans Lüdemann, Paolo Fresu a.m.o.

Paul Hubweber


is an outstanding soloist of experimental and improvised trombone music.
He plays trombone in soloconcerts since 75, leads own formations (like PAPAJO with Paul Lovens and John Edwards). Worked with Peter Kowald, John Butcher among many others. Member of the London Improvisational Orchestra. Frequent performer at international festivals like documenta 8, Ars Electronica Linz (A), Experimental Media (NYC), CIEF Festival Kopenhagen (DK), PRO MUSICA NOVA Bremen etc. Performs with Britta Lieberknecht since 96 combining his musical partnership with extraordinary physical interactions.

Harald Kimmig


studied classical violine and composition in Freiburg and played in his early carreer with jazzimprovisers Cecil Taylor, Steve Lacy and John Tchicai. He gives Soloconcerts as well as playing with diverse formations and writing compositions for orchestras.(kxutrio, F-Orchestra, Lee Konitz, Irene Schweizer, Maggie Nicols, Gunter Hampel, Sirone). He also collaborated closely with dancers and choreographers in many productions, a.o. Amanda Miller/ Stadttheater Freiburg, Lilo Stahl, Anzu Furukawa, Britta Lieberknecht,.Hideto Heshiki. Recently he produced the soloevening „Lines and Circles for a walking violinist“ playing the violine and dancing at the same time, a bordercrossing work with brilliant techniques in both oevres and the ingenuine connection of both in one person. Presently he is artistic director of the „Festival for Modern Musik- Soundscape“ in Stommeln, NRW.

Willy Daum

composer and musician

studied piano and drums in Bremen. Interpreter and composer of experimental music his special interest lies in the the border areas between the arts. Many projects with theater, arts, video, film and danceperformance. Willy Daum was a.o. solodrummer in „Seiltanz“ by Hans-Joachim Hespos and performed his own Kurt Schwitters programms. A central theme of his composition is the integration of noises into the musical language. Grants and commissioned works for chamber music, orchestra, theater, dance, film and radio. Tourings in Europe, USA and Central Asia.

Toshiko Takada


studied the violine at the University of Arts, Tokyo and took a masterclass at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne. She has been member of the WDR-Sinfonieorchester Cologne for 30 years and also played solo and chambermusic in many concerts in Europe and Japan. Presently she works in independent performance projects.





Josef Kirschgen


Josef Kirschgen is an experienced drummer and rhythm person in different styles. He played with musicians and bands in Europe and Africa (a.o. Schäl Sick Brass Band), recorded LPs and CDs, participated in many TV- Radio- and Theaterproductions and won the price of the „Deutschen Schallplattenkritik“ twice. TV performances with the Harald-Schmidt- Show and 7 Tage 7 Köpfe, Gayle Tufts, Lilo Wanders etc. Presently Josef plays with Ueberkings, Mark Selby European Band and the Urban Funk Triptett. He also collaborated with Stoppok, Pe Werner, BANTU, Embryo, Dominique Horwitz, Pete Brown (JackBruce) and Dick Heckstall Smith (Colusseum) and the Black Föös.