27.04.2015, 20:00


  • Daniel Ott: hohles schleifen, helles aufschmettern (2007)
  • Christian Wolff: aus Percussionist (2002)
  • Robyn Schulkowsky: aus Armadillo (2012)
  • Joey Baron und Robyn Schulkowsky: Improvisation (2014)
  • Robyn Schulkowsky – Drums und Perkussion
  • Joey Baron – Drums und Perkussion
  • Christian Tschuggnall (Gast) – Drums und Perkussion


Der vierte Teil der KONTRAKLANG Konzertreihe im Heimathafen Neukölln steht ganz im Zeichen der Perkussion. Schulkowsky und Baron werden – mit Hilfe des jungen Berliner Christian Tschugnall – an diesem Abend als Duo und Trio sowie als Solisten zu hören sein. Ein Solostück für Perkussion von Daniel Ott wird von Schulkowsky aufgeführt werden, ein Duo-Stück für beide stammt von Wolff.

Joey Baron, born in 1955 in Richmond,Virginia, started playing at age 9. Over the years, he has developed a unique approach to making music with the drum set, evident in his extended tenures with jazz icons Jim Hall, Steve Kuhn, and John Abercrombie. His long-term collaboration with Bill Frisell was recently documented and released “JUST LISTEN” on relative pitch records in 2013. Presently, Mr. Baron’s activities include solo concerts, workshops, master classes, drum music collaborations with percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky (Dinosaur Dances CD), plus ongoing projects with John Zorn, duo concerts with Lee Konitz, and the Joe Lovano / Dave Douglas-led “Sound Prints” quintet.

The fourth installment of KONTRAKLANG features a percussion evening with veteran composer-performers Schulkowsky and Baron, with help from young Berliner Christian Tschugnall. Solos, duos and trios will be on offer, including Schulkowsky’s reworked version of Daniel Ott’s 2007 solo and a piece for the duo by Christian Wolff.

Robyn Schulkowsky moved to Germany during a heyday of experimental and adventurous classical composition. As a soloist, she has premiered and recorded some of the most important percussion works of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Since 1998, as founder of Rhythm Lab, Schulkowsky has taken rhythm workshops to countless cities, incorporating indigenous drumming music from around the globe, and involving students, professionals and aficionados alike in workshops, study, and concerts.

In 2005 Space And Frequency Rhythm Lab premiered for 10 days in the Vanderbilt Hall of New York City’s Grand Central Station.

In 2009, working with 100 students of mixed social backgrounds, she created a new music theatre project based on the story of Antigone.

Last year she took her “rhythmlab” to Greece and England, and directed new interpretations of “Life Pulse Prelude” based on sketches by the composer Charles Ives in Berlin and Bonn.

New World Records released her own composition for percussion trio, Armadillo (with Joey Baron and Fredy Studer). She also released the cd 8 Duos-music by Christian Wolff. Most of these duos were written for her and her duo partners over the past years. Wolff’s latest work for solo percussion and string orchestra, Encouragement, commissioned by the Münchener Kammerorchester was premiered in Munich in October.

In 2015 Robyn will will be traveling with her rhythmlab to China and Iceland, teaching and performing in Europe, the Americas, China, and Mexico. Schulkowsky’s talents have been recognized by numerous music awards, is the subject of a film by the artist Manon De Boer, and the multi-faceted composer and performer is also sought-after internationally as chamber music coach.