The city of Moers has a town musician since 2008. The improviser in residence enriches and enlivens the cultural live in the city and the whole region, connects people, invites to mini concerts at his home, works with the Schlosstheater and of course presents one big project at the festival stage.  

Every improviser has the freedom to distinctively shape his one year residency and put his own mark on the city. Angelika Niescier rocked the club scene of Moers, Hayden Chisholm took a walk with a bag pipe and kilt down Steinstraße, Carolin Pook formed a youth orchestra, Simon Rummel founded singing groups and built instruments, Ingrid Laubrock invited her New York friends to the Lower Rhine, John-Dennis Renken enchanted with children's music and Josephine Bode with light installations… There is no limit to the improvisers fantasy and creativity. This results in an every year curiosity: the debut concert concert of the new artists is the highest frequented of the season!

The improviser in residence program is made possible with the generous support of Kunststiftung NRW, Stadt Moers and moers festival.

Kunststiftung NRW

The establishment of the Improviser in Residence is made possible by the Kunststiftung NRW.

improviser in residence 2023: Recursion 

die drei Musiker von Recursion, improviser in residence 2023

Recursion / Foto: Tobias Müller

press conference  15th Dec 2022

The decision in favor of the sound collective Recursion, which has already presented itself with outstanding projects during the last two editions of the moers festival, was deliberately made this year considering the background of promoting young talent and the realization of formats that primarily reach young people.

The art and sound collective Recursion, founded in 2019 by the musicians and sound artists Christopher Retz, Steven Koch and Jan Krause, aims to establish experimental art and music in the region. The main focus of the three new improvisers in residence is therefore to convey a low threshold when creating music and art. The audience or the residents of Moers and the surrounding area should be encouraged to become creative themselves, to participate in the process or even to realize art and cultural events independently. Young people in particular should be involved and addressed so that the development of a local scene can be further promoted.

On the one hand, unusual formats such as a dark concert or unusual venues such as on the 921 bus line play a special role. On the other hand, formats such as the "Open House" enable access and closeness to be established with the collective and their guests. Recursion's self-declared task is to anchor the concept of the improviser in residence even more firmly in the cityscape.



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