Improviser in residence
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.
© Photo Miriam Juschkat
KEVIN SHEA & MATT MOTTEL
Improviser in residence of the mœrs festival 2021
The mœrs festival gets two new improvisers in residence in its anniversary year! New Yorkers Kevin Shea and Matt Mottel are no strangers to Moers. They have been guests at the festival several times, especially as the duo Talibam!
Unforgettable their Big Impact in 2018, when keyboardist Mottel faced a thunderstorm of 12 drummers - probably the loudest closing concert of all mœrs festivals! Mottel and Shea are highly imaginative, interdisciplinary artists whose political and social implications extend far beyond the musical. They have brought a lot with them for their year in Moers: they want to trace the history of German free jazz, which has established numerous connections to the USA since the 1960s. This can be seen particularly well in the programs of the mœrs festival - how fitting for the anniversary year! Projects with migrants are planned as well as numerous actions in public space, let's be surprised!
By the way, the name Talibam! originates from a headline in a New York newspaper that tried to heroically dress up the American bombardment in Afghanistan, an attack that the two artists condemn in the strongest possible terms.