Improviser in residence des moers festival 2019

We are very happy to have won over the mexican vibraphonist and drummer Emilio Gordoa Rodriguez, an outstanding personality of the young contemporary improvised music scene, as new improviser in residence.

Emilio Gordoa is a paradigm of the young generation of highly interesting improvisers, who make themselves conspicuous through diversity in style and content and can look back on an excellent and broad musical education.

Emilio Gordoa was born in Mexico City in 1987. He comes from a family of artists. His father is a musician and his mother a painter. Emilio perceives this family background as important for his numerous artistic interests and ideas.

His musical education began at private university before he change to the conservatory of his hometown. He studied classical drums, but also composition under Julio Estrada and Mario Lavista, two of the most important composers of Latin America.

He dealt with the percussion of the Middle East, electronic, dance-, film- and theatre music in numerous workshops and projects. After also organizing New Music festivals, he moved to Berlin in 2012 and became a full member of the sound collective Echtzeitmusik.

Here he dealt with improvisation, sound research and performance intensively. The protagonists of the contemporary scene consider Emilio Gordoa as extraordinary vibraphonist, who discovered the instrument newly through various techniques of playing.

Furthermore he devotes himself to amplification and electronic manipulation of percussion instruments. Emilio Gordoa was part of Nate Wooleys Seven Storey Mountain in the main program of mœrs festival 2018 as well as a dedicated and highly motivated member of the festival band for the project composer kids.

Emilio Gordoa is planning to change his centre of life to Moers as intensively as possible in 2019.

Together with his significant other, a polish artist, he wants to turn the residence on Kleine Allee into a hot spot for current art and a meeting place for everyone who is interested.

He already has a lot of ideas in mind!

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.