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Improviser in Residence 2018: Kim Josephine Bode

M├╝nster 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).