THE CONCEPT

Composer and ambient music innovator Brian Eno, suggested the word Scenius to convey the extreme creativity that groups, places or “scenes” can occasionally generate. His actual definition is: “Scenius stands for the intelligence and the intuition of a whole cultural scene. It is the communal form of the concept of the genius.”

Inspired by Eno, emerging from the culture of improvisation, and baptized as a platform for creativity, the SCENIUS festival is conceived as an event where invited artists are challenged to immerse themselves in a sonic experimental ambient.

SCENIUS aims to open a new perspective to the creative process in music. Live →

 

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Scenius and Cashmere Radio present Chicago jazz saxophonist/composer Ken Vandermark and NYC trumpet player Nate Wooley in concert on Monday 6 November 2017 in ACUD MACHT NEU, in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg.

Vandermark and Wooley had been operating in each other’s orbits for several years. They have worked together to create an organic combination of the jazz tradition, free improvisation, and modern composition, and have then placed it into the raw and intimate context of this duo.

Ken Vandermark – a fixture on the Chicago-area music scene since the 1990s – has earned wide critical praise for his playing and his multilayered compositions, which typically balance intricate orchestration with passionate improvisation. He has led or been a member of many groups, has collaborated with many other musicians, and was awarded a 1999 MacArthur Fellowship. He plays tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and baritone saxophone.

Nate Wooley moved to New York in 2001 and has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. He has performed regularly with such icons as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Eliane Radigue, Ken Vandermark, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.

Yorgos Dimitriadis is a Berlin based drummer improviser. He plays solo, in trio with GRIX, GLUE, FABRIC and with the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra. He experiments and performs with Achim Kaufmann, Floros Floridis, Toby Delius, Matthias Bauer, Frank Gratkowski, Frank Paul Schubert, Antonis Anissegos, Tom Arthurs, Miles Perkin, Mike Majkowski.

Programme

20.00 Cashmere Radio DJ set – Hi Point Low Life
21.00 Yorgos Dimitriadis –  Solo drums + microphones
21.45 Ken Vandermark / Nate Wooley duo acoustic set
23.00 Cashmere Radio DJ set

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Scenius Inspiration

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So that was a blast of a #Scenius001 that took place at ACUD MACHT NEU on the 6th of November!! ACUD MACHT NEU proved to be a great SCENE for the GENIUS to come out of the great performers Yorgos Dimitriadis, Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley. Highly sensitive, skilfully emotional and artistic playing by all …