Kim Josephine Bode

Münster native Josephine Bode lives and works in Amsterdam.

As the daughter of a flamenco guitarist, she was influenced by Spanish music in her childhood from a very early age. She studied classical recorder in Amsterdam, focussing on the link between early and new music. She has explored live electronics, jazz and free improvisation as well as techniques taken from South-Indian Carnatic music and their translation to the realm of contemporary music. After graduating with honours, she completed an additional degree program in modern music theatre in The Hague, where she investigated the link between music and movement in interdisciplinary art forms.

Josephine Bode has participated in numerous theatre and dance productions in the fields of contemporary through-composed and improvised music. As a musician, actress, dancer, director and performance artist, she works together today with a host of diverse artists from the European avant-garde and has received multiple awards both for her solo work and as a member of ensembles.

Aside from being a master of various recorders, Bode also plays the Bulgarian kaval and the E.W.I. (or Electronic Wind Instrument) developed and marketed by AKAI in the 1980s. In her live performances, she frequently makes use of electronics, theatrical elements or visual art. She is an enthusiastic adopter of new technologies, such as real-time 3D graphics or laser technology, and has collaborated closely in this connection with software developers and light designers.

Her current projects include the art-rock band Jerboah, the trio aXolot (a recorder ensemble for early and contemporary music) and the Rutger Muller Ensemble (combining avant-garde ambient techno with real-time visuals).

Press Release:

Josephine Bode Named 2018’s improviser in residence for Moers

As of today it’s official: Moers has a new improviser in residence! As the 11th improviser in residence, Josephine Bode will reside and make music in the city for an entire year. Born in Oldenburg and raised in Münster, Josephine Bode has lived in Amsterdam since taking up her conservatory studies there. Her primary instrument is the recorder, which however exists in many different variations. In addition, Bode is active as an interdisciplinary artist whose work at times encompasses light art and theatrical elements, an approach which has caused her to be christened the “Lady Gaga of the recorder”.

At today’s press conference at Moers City Hall, Bode was welcomed by the head of Moers’ Cultural Department Wolfgang Thoenes, the chairperson of the supervisory board of the Moers Kultur GmbH Carmen Weist and the managing director of the Moers Kultur GmbH Claus Arndt. In conversation with the artistic director of moers festival Tim Isfort, Bode detailed her plans for her year-long residency in Moers. Due to a degenerative eye disease, Josephine Bode has impaired vision. She intends to treat this topic in her time as improviser in residence; according to the 35-year-old musician her motto is “inner visions” and she wants to open ears using visual stimuli. At today’s press conference, she also revealed that among her planned projects for her year in Moers she intends to turn a parking garage and the shop floor of Saturn into performance venues. In addition to her performance at moers festival 2018, she will be inviting artists from Amsterdam to Moers this year and seeking out contact with the residents of the city.

This evening, Josephine Bode will make a guest appearance at “Art’s Birthday” in the foyer of Moers City Hall. Concertgoers will be able to experience her on stage fronting one of her own projects at the improviser in residence hand-off concert on Saturday, 27 January, to which you are all warmly invited! 


Hand-Off Concert for the Improvisers in Residence

Saturday, 27 January 2018 · concert starts at 8 pm · doors open at 7:30

Chamber music room of the music school, Filder Str.126, Moers

Admission is free of charge


Thorsten Töpp

Phone: +49 (0) 176 - 41 97 65 82


The improviser in residence program is made possible with the generous support of Kunststiftung NRW.