For those who join one of the up to five “Soundtrips NRW” each year, may expect fascinating worlds of sounds, musical new creations and spontaneous encounters with music styles and musicians.
With support of the NRW KULTURsekretariat, the series for improvisation music that started as a »cooperated project« in 2010 has been continuously expanded into a state-wide network and has also attracted much attention in the media.
In the upcoming season, at least ten cities with their experienced concert organisers are participating: Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Hagen, Cologne, Münster and Wuppertal.
»Soundtrips NRW« strikes by its exceptional event concept that is supported by different partners and continuously further developed: Renowned musicians from NRW meet international greats here, younger talents meet established representatives of improvised music.
In the first part of each concert, the international guests play their own programme – in the second, they play together with professionals from NRW and provide the scene with new stimuli.
At the same time, the local hosts also enjoy giving guest performances with their colleagues in the other cities, thereby profiting from additional performance opportunities.
The programme for 2018 again brings first-class international guests to NRW.
The following dates are expected: Austrian improvisational musician Dieb13 on the turntables kicks off the series at the 38th Soundtrip in February and March: 23 February Bielefeld, 24 February Bochum, 26 February Wuppertal, 28 February Essen, 1 March Cologne, 2 March Duisburg, 3 March Bonn, 4 March Münster.
In May, Paul Lovens, the drummer from Aachen goes on the next Soundtrip: 4 May Duisburg, 5 May Bochum, 6 May Münster, 8 May Aachen, 11 May Cologne, 12 May Bonn, 16 May Essen, 17 May Wuppertal.
At the beginning of September, the Swedish singer and creative jazz composer Sofia Jernberg will travel NRW: 31 August Duisburg, 1 September Bochum, 2 September Münster, 6 September Wuppertal, 7 September Cologne.
Immediately afterwards, at the beginning of October, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey will go on tour: 1 October Cologne, 3 October Essen, 4 October Hagen, 5 October Duisburg, 6 October Bochum, 7 October Münster, 9 October Bielefeld.
The Norwegian duo Vilde&Inga will set the tone in late autumn with acoustic improvisations: 29 November Cologne, 30 November Duisburg, 1 December Wuppertal, 2 December Münster, 5 December Essen, 7 December Bielefeld.