Sunday, August 2, 2015, 6 pm
Summer party

Concert with Sven-Åke Johansson (composer, musician and visual artist, Berlin)
Courtyard party and barbecue with Jimmie Burgers by Zagreus Projekt, Berlin, and selected craft beers by Spent Brewers Collective, Berlin


Sven-Åke Johansson (b. 1943 in Mariestad, Sweden, living in Berlin since 1968) is a composer, musician, poet, visual artist, author and initiator of stage productions. Johansson started as a drummer in dance bands, played in groups led by Bobo Stenson and Ran Blake and, in 1967, became member of the trio of Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald, with whom he also played on the album Machine Gun. Stylistically within the free improvisation music, Johansson, in the 1960s, developed a European form of free jazz with Brötzmann, Kowald, Manfred Schoof and Alexander von Schlippenbach. In 1969, together with Norbert Eisbrenner and Werner Goetz he founded Moderne Nordeuropäische Dorfmusik, the same year saw their first vinyl production Westberliner Stadtmusik. Already in the 1970s, Johansson used unusual materials such as corrugated cardboard, foam material and phone books for percussive effects. Johansson has initiated a great number of stage productions, including Die Harke und der Spaten (Hebbel Theater, Berlin, 1986) and Über Ursache und Wirkung der Meinungsverschiedenheiten beim Turmbau zu Babel (Staatsoper Stuttgart, 1986), Harding Greens – Symphonie für Kartonagen (Sophiensaele, Berlin, 2010) and Stadt der 1000 Feuer (Mousonturm, Frankfurt/Main, 2013). He cooperated with visual artists worldwide, was engaged as a singer, speaker and actor and was involved in almost 40 LP and CD productions. In addition to his musical compositions Johansson has published books of poetry and prose, his paintings and drawings have been shown in many exhibitions. At Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Sven-Åke Johansson presents new compositions for drums and percussion.

The documentation of the concert by Sven-Åke Johansson is available at n.b.k.