CW#14 l SEASON 3 l Light Exciter

CW#14 l SEASON 3 l Light Exciter

Theme: Position

23 August 2023, Wednesday | Season 3, Episode 14

Apartment Project and online


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Organized by the Apartment Project Berlin and funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe


Light Exciter


19:30 Music performance by Hilary Jefferey, Ignaz Schick, Chris Pitsiokos, Germán Gabriel García and Markus Krispel


How do improvisation and given structures relate to each other? The musicians Hilary Jefferey, Ignaz Schick, Chris Pitsiokos, Germán Gabriel García and Markus Krispel test the possibilities of improvisation in the framework of Albert Amerioun’s light installation. The light panel with 25 bulbs determines the temporal framework, influences dynamic parameters and gives the musicians rhythmic impulses in the interpretation of the moment. Tensions in the musical reactions to the abstract narration arise through the light signals and challenge the individual expression of the musicians in the interaction. What positions do they take in this interplay between the given structures and the freedom of improvisational expression?



Hilary Jeffery (b. 1971 in Surbiton, UK) is a musician based in Berlin. Following studies at Dartington College of Arts, University of York and with James Fulkerson at the European Dance Development Centre in Arnhem, Hilary embarked on a colorful musical career playing throughout the world in many settings including theatres, jazz clubs, cathedrals, night clubs, festivals, dance studios, bars, cinemas, galleries, streets, forests and mountains. As well as composing, Hilary plays trumpet, trombone, tuba, piano, electronics, and practices singing. In Berlin he plays in many groups including Zinc & Copper, Minor Tom, Tonaliens, Inconsolable Ghost, Mullet, zeitkratzer and Mouse On Mars Dimensional People Ensemble. The sense of silent space he experienced during a journey to the Sahara Desert in 1990 is a central and sustaining influence on his work.


Ignaz Schick (b. 1972 in Trostberg) is a Berlin based sound artist, composer, and conceptual and visual artist. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and worked as an assistant for the composer Josef Anton Riedl. After moving to Berlin in 1995, he became an active and integral force in the «Berlin Nouvelle Vague» and experimental music scene. In addition, he makes sound installations, experimental objects, visual collages, text scores, concrete poetry, graphic scores and drawings. He performs as an instrumentalist with turntables, sampler, objects, live-electronics, alto saxophone and flutes. He has curated projects including for the Festival für Andere Musik, Erase & Reset, Time Shifts, T.I.T.O., Echtzeitmusiktage, Flux Festival and runs the experimental music label Zarek. Schick has toured worldwide and collaborated with international sonic artists, such as with Mwata Bowden, Don Cherry, Douglas Ewart, Sven-Åke Johansson, Paul Lovens, Toshimaru Nakamura, Charlemagne Palestine, Andrea Parkins, Keith Rowe, Akira Sakata and Martin Tetréault. Since 2016, he has received composition and research grants for Paris, South-East-Asia, Los Angeles, Istanbul, Mexico City, Kolkata, and Porto.


Chris Pitsiokos (b. 1990) is a saxophonist, composer and improviser living in New York and Berlin. His music falls into the realm of experimentalism, including noise, improvised music, experimental jazz, free jazz, noise rock, new music, minimal music, drone, and art rock. As a soloist, he has developed a unique voice on the alto saxophone. He has recorded over 30 albums as a leader or co-leader. Mostly performing as a soloist, he also plays with improvised music groups, with Otomo Yoshihide, and with ROKC Music, and has collaborated with Axel Dörner, Mazen Kerbaj, TonyBuck, Wendy Eisenberg, Nate Wooley, Miya Masaoka, Paul Lytton, Peter Evans, Weasel Walter, Jaimie Branch, and Tyshawn Sorey. Pitsiokos has toured in Japan, the US, South America, and Europe, and participated in festivals such as the Sapporo International Arts Festival (Japan), the Moers Festival (Germany), Jazz Jantar (Poland), Jazz Festival Lima (Peru), Wels Unlimited Music Festival (Austria), Meteo Mulhouse Festival (France), and Jazz Cerkno (Slovenia). Pitsiokos is a member of the editorial board of Sound American and writes for this magazine.


Germán Gabriel García (b. Rosaria, Argentina) is a trumpet player, improviser and composer based in Berlin. He began his trumpet studies privately and later studied classical and jazz music at the Escuela Municipal de Música de Rosario and at the Escuela de Música de la UNR. When he moved to Buenos Aires, he continued his studies at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory. After encounters with experimental and improvised music, he began to explore it by investigating and playing with other musicians in the field of experimental music and Neue Musik in Berlin. Currently, he focuses on expanding the sounds of the trumpet, exploring techniques, using the possibilities of his body in relation to sound and gesture, and experimenting with electric amplification and digital electronics.


Markus Krispel (b. 1977 in Vienna) studied art history, history and social pedagogy. He has been playing the piano since the age of seven and started with improvising in his teens. Since then he played in many bands in Vienna, such as LICHT, Ron Bop, Die Vögel and [[[ALTAR:THRON]]]. Focusing later on the saxophone, he has given numerous international concerts and released several CDs and LPs. He organizes tours, concerts and festivals in Graz, Vienna, Budapest and Berlin. Having started training as a woodwind instrument repair in 2014, he now works full-time as a repairman. He also works on technical and experimental creations of saxopohones cooperating with outstanding international experts to find solutions for extended possibilities on the instrument. Recently, he started artistic research in the field of woodwind instruments and their foundations, considering the saxophone as a sculptural artistic object. Since 2018 he has been active in the Berlin music scene as an improviser and organizer.



«Chromatic Wednesdays» is a bi-weekly event series bringing together creative thinkers across diverse backgrounds. As part of this interdisciplinary program, the music performances will be shown at 19.30 (doors open at 19.00) Apartment Project (Hertzbergstraße 13, 12055 Berlin) and can also be followed online on Youtube (


The space of Apartment Project is accessible by wheelchair.