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INTUITIVA is an annual meeting for improvisors. Sorry, no gigs available! (but your international network will benefit...)

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Improvising musicians, composers, all other performing artists - come together! Develop your art by performing with new people, exchange ideas and get new contacts...

Will take place in Lubiaz in the end of July or beginning of August 2017.

Send us a mail to talk more if you consider coming.

For 2017, we plan with a new structure. First there will be "Musicians' retreat" - lasting approx. the first three and a half days. This is for workshops and free sessions and continues the DIMC tradition. There will be space in the programme for workshops and other relevant activities proposed by the participants - let us know your ideas! There will also be discussions dealing with matters of common interest in some depth.

We can already proudly announce that we hope to have the following included in the 2017 programme: a meditative Tao workshop led by Rafal Mazur (PL), and another workshop led by Thomas Zimmermann and Susanne Escher in instrument building / objects / installation.

Approx. two last days will be "Performance preparation" for a public performance in the local area. The Dudzinski family (Teatr Performer) will arrange this.

Please look into the historical department below to see what it is about - bear in mind, however, the new structure mentioned above.

Wrocław is centrally located in Europe. It has a major airport - LOT, Scandinavian, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Eurowings, Wizzair among others fly there. It can be reached comfortably by train or car from Berlin and vicinity (see for train tables). Conference place is in Lubiaz, in the nice rural surroundings of an old farm. See more about the artists' village Ale Wiocha here.

2016 fee for participants was 140 Euros for 4 nights. For 2017 we plan with 6 nights and the fee may raise accordingly. Exact amount to be announced later. The fee goes primarily to hostel costs and food. It includes 6 nights' dormitory stay and all meals. Tents are also welcome. Alternatively, some few rooms for single or double use exist against extra payment - please inquire. We decide about them according to perceived needs. .

You are welcome to send a mail to get into closer contact.

Are you less than 35 years old and considering travelling from the Balkan, Caucasus or West/South Mediterrenean areas or Russia - you may check this:

So far, Intuitiva (DIMC) has had participants from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Serbia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden and USA.


Had 12+ participants: Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen (DK), Haruhiko Okabe (JAP), Zofia Bartoszewicz (PL), Natalia Kamia (UKRAINE/SE), Maja Radovanlija (SERBIA/USA), Thomas Zimmermann (D), Susanne Escher (CH), Stefan Tiedje (D), Piotr Stefanski (PL), Anna Jedrzejewska (DK), Pawel Dudzinski (PL), Sambor Dudzinski (PL).
   Three workshops. Special theme: "Can a large group be creative?". Common work towards the concert in the Lubiaz cloister church. A "Parade" in the neighbourhood doing PR for the concert. Random and other sessions as always. The programme can be seen here. The Conference Discussion here. Some audio excerpts here. Video excerpts from the concert here


Had 16+ participants: Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen (DK), Juan Maria Solare (ARG/D), Malene Bichel (DK), Gerd Rieger (D), Andreas Rieger (D), Gabi Bolte (D), Eugen Neuloh (D), Kyle Motl (USA), Tobin Chodos (USA), Drew Ceccato (USA), Piotr Stefanski (PL), Dalia Faitelson (DK) Anders Eskildsen (DK), Robert Jedrzejewski (PL), Anna Jedrzejewska (DK), Pawel Dudzinski (PL) + other members and friends of the Dudzinski family.
   Four workshops, three of them with Butoh and other movement related to music in various ways. Two concerts in the local area. Random and other sessions as always. The preliminary programme can be seen here - some changes occurred along the way. Videos here!


had 22 participants: Rafal Smolinski, Robert Jedrzejewski, Anna Jedrzejewsk, Boszena Dudzinska, Pawel Dudzinski, Ewa Chichon, Marta (all PL), Graeme Wilson (Scotland UK), Sophie Cournede (F), Ruedi Debrunner (CH), Iouri Grankin (Ukraine/D), Cristu xr szl (ARG/FR), Max Stehle, Stefan Tiedje, Anke Ames, Roland Borch, Norbert Zajac, Antje Könau, Maria Erhoff, Juliane (all D), Juan Maria Solare (ARG/D), Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen (DK).
  We had playing and workshops lead by participants as ever - see the English programme or the Polish programme. A concert open to local people from the neighbourhood was surprisingly well visited, around 50 audience members. There was much work with theatre and dance compared to earlier practise, although no lack of music played. See a video here.

*DIMC 2013
See this compilation from the 2013 conference - click on the picture...

had 16 registered participants (and a few guests staying for a shorter time): Reinhard Gagel (D), Corinna Eikmeier (D), Anke Ames (D), Roland Borch (D), Brigitte Küpper (D), Iouri Grankin (D), Norbert Zajaz (D), Dorothea Aalenburg (D), Bernhard Gehrke (D), Stefan Tiedje (D), Annette Pausch (D), Pawel Dudzinsky (PL), Robert Jedrzejewski (PL, organiser), Anna Jedrzejewska (PL), Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen (DK, organiser), Henrik Ehland Rasmussen (DK, organiser).
   Various playing sessions, some of them as workshops: The importance of time frames in improvisation (Reinhard Gagel), Connecting to each other versus independence (Corinna Eikmeier), Stockhausen open compositions (Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen). - A recordings listening session Friday afternoon gave rise to discussion of how big an improvising ensemble should and could be; of the creative use of cliches, and still other themes. The Conference Discussion Friday evening took its starting-point in a presentation of materials around Cecil Taylor and Stockhausen. The discussion was characterised by commenting on the similarities between these despite of different backgrounds, especially concerning their innovative relation to music tradition.
   A number of sessions and to some extent an additional concert in Wroclaw Sunday evening are well documented. See videos!. English programme   Polish programme.
   The General Assembly approved of the committee's proposal to move the Conference permanently to Poland and fuse with Intuitiva/Fortalijze Festival. New name is INTUITIVA New Art Conference. This new organisation is now managed by: Robert Jedrzejewski (PL), Pawel Dudzinski (PL). Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen (DK). Henrik Ehland Rasmussen (DK).

*DIMC 2012

had 7 participants: Norbert Zajac (D), Kristin Bolstad (N), Henrik Ehland Rasmussen (DK, organiser), Mette Stig Nielsen (DK), Malene Bichel (DK), Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen (DK, organiser), Gerhard Pischinger (DK).

A concert right at the beginning - with Kåre Wangel, Mathias Faigh Larsen and Kim Linnet from Poetry Slam Fyn. Free improvisations, pieces, graphic scores. See videos at our Facebook page! A summary of our conference discussion here. Programme is here.

*DIMC 2011

had 8 participants: Norbert Zajac (D), Paul Timmermans (B), Juan Maria Solare (ARG), Henrik Ehland Rasmussen (DK, organiser), Ulrike Peyerl (D), Sylvia Hinz (D), Regine Leonore Birkner (D), Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen (DK, organiser).

A concert right at the beginning - free improvisations and pieces by participants and study of some scores by others. Se the videos from the concert... press release about the concert here. A short summary of our conference discussion here. Programme is here. See some still pictures here.

*DIMC 2010

had 15 participants, 7 coming for the first time: Antonio Sascino (I), Peter STerk (NL), Eduardo Sérgio, Manuel Bruschy + Manuel jr. (PT), Brigitte Küpper, Frank Hiesler (D), Juan Maria Solare (ARG), Hutch Demoulpied (GB), David Schwartz (ISR), Gerhard Pischinger, Immanuel Kuhrt (DK), Norbert Zajac (D), Henrik Ehland Rasmussen, Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen (DK, organisers).

Free improvisations according to various set-up of groups and constellations, pieces by participants. See and listen to audio and video here! Press release in Danish here. See some compositions here. Our conference discussion had as its starting-point "Improvised music in the world of today", and some more themes were touched upon. Some pictures here. Programme is here.

*DIMC 2009

had 12 participants, 3 coming for the first time, and one guest: Haruhiko Okabe (Japan), Belinda Cody (Australia), Julie Krøier, Jeanette Eeuwes (NL), Emily Doolittle (CAN/USA), Mette Stig Nielsen, Regine Leonore Birkner (D), Corinna Eikmeyer (D), Norbert Zajac (D), Henrik Ehland Rasmussen, Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen, Eduardo Sergio (PT), Helena Marchand (PT) (guest).

Various free improvisations, some improv exercies and pieces by participants. Listen to recordings here! Our conference discussion had as its starting-point "How to deal with habits". Some pictures here. Programme is here. This conference lasted one day longer than previous ones, and we intend to continue in this way - Thursday to Sunday.

*DIMC 2008

had 10 participants, 3 coming for the first time: Leopoldo Siano (I), Juan Maria Solare (ARG), Mette Stig Nielsen, Regine Leonore Birkner (D), Jens Friis-Pedersen, Tine Hinrichsen, Dorte Løkke, Norbert Zajac (D), Henrik Ehland Rasmussen, Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen.

Many improvisational scores presented this time (see some of them here), and of course also free improvisations. Our conference discussion had keywords of intention, intuition, interrelations, decisions, discipline and precision, and notation. Some pictures here. Overall programme is here.

*DIMC 2007

had 12 participants, 4 coming for the first time: Anna Birkbøl Jensen, Gerhard Pischinger, Claus Bech-Nielsen, Mette Stig Nielsen, Lho Høiris, Regine Leonore Birkner (D), Jens Friis-Pedersen, Tine Hinrichsen, Nina Björk Eliasson, Norbert Zajac (D), Henrik Ehland Rasmussen, Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen.

Free improvisations in many constellations, as ever - also experiments with various agreements, and some improvisational pieces (see more here). Our conference discussion addressed the relation between music and language. Some pictures here. Overall programme is here.

*DIMC 2006

had 17 participants: Anne Mette Rasmussen, Mads Tilst Christensen, Tine Hinrichsen, Peter Ellerman, Ervin Lazar, Fruzsina Lucra (HUNG), Cristian Amigo (USA), Claus Bech-Nielsen, Matthias Granum, Ivan Vincze, Wojciech Kosma (POL), Norbert Zajac (D), Mette Stig Nielsen, Peter Sterk (NL), Gerhard Pischinger, Henrik Ehland Rasmussen, Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen. Also present Jenö Farkas (collecting film material).

A concert (part of Svendborg Festdage), improvisation constellations and open pieces. See the discussion and some pictures! Programme here.

Video artist Wojciech Kosma recorded material for his work "11 LOUDEST/MOST BORING/QUIETEST/LONGEST/MOST IMPORTANT/SHORTEST SOUND" - to be enjoyed here.

*DIMC 2005

had 15 participants: Tim Summers (USA), Eduardo Sérgio (Portugal), Tamaho Miyake (JAP), Daisuke Terauchi (JAP), Eckhard Weymann (D), Almut Kochan (D), Til Lawrence (D), Jutta Hoppe (D), Dario Garau Setzu (I), Mette Stig Nielsen, Henrik Rasmussen, Helene Jerg, Gerhard Pischinger, Audrey Rocher (F), Roland Devochelle (F), Peter Sterk (NL), Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen. The programme is here.

Improvisations in many constellations ... a concert ... and some pieces ... and of course the discussion. See some pictures here!

*DIMC 2004

had 13 participants: Anke Ames (D), Corinna Eikmeier (D), Astrid Penkert (D), Peter Sterk (NL), Rii Numata (JAP), Jens-Ole Paulin (DK), Hanne Britt Hyllegaard (DK), Mette Stig Nielsen (DK), Helene Jerg (DK), Henrik Ehland Rasmussen (DK), Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen (DK), Nina Eliasson (DK), Gerhard Pischinger (DK). We played many pieces this time apart from free improvisations - on the basis of graphics, verbal scores and rules invented during the playing process. You can see some of them here. Click here to read the Conference Discussion and here to see some pictures.


(DIMC 2003 was cancelled due to booking problems)


*DIMC 2002

Had 6 participants: Tuomo Haapala (FIN/S), Eckhard Weymann and Frank Hiesler (Germany), Helene Jerg, Henrik E. Rasmussen, Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen (DK). Two coming for the first time. You may see the programme here.

We had a nice process with free improvisations and proposals and pieces from the participants.

The Conference Discussion became a theory session with two small lectures: Tuomo Haapala told us about his work as a musician and with including improvisation in composed works. Eckhard Weymann showed visual material which could give inspiration for musical ideas and graphic pieces. Read the Conference discussion which reflected the work we had done.>- and see a picture of us!


*DIMC 2001

Had 9 participants Roman Stolyar (Novosibirsk, Russia), Blaise Siwula (Brooklyn, New York), Ge-Suk Yeo (Korea/Hamburg), Frank Hiesler (Hamburg), Helene Jerg, Henrik E. Rasmussen, Henriette Errebo Gerhard Pischinger, Johan Toft, Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen (all DK). Four coming for the first time, seven staying all the time. You may see the programme here.

Playing sessions had more pieces than before. You may see some glimpses here.

Read about the Conference discussion - and see a picture of us! Examples of scores we played from is here.

After the Conference, five of us played a concert in Copenhagen.

Some of the music was released on Russian Ermatell JCD 042 - see more here (please scroll down...)


*DIMC 2000

Had one participant from Japan, one from Azerbaijan, one from USA, two from Germany and ten from Denmark and lasted a weekend from friday evening to sunday noon. Seven were present for the first time. You may see the programme here.

We did a concert at Vor Frue Church in Svendborg right at the beginning as the very first playing activity. We agreed to have as the only guidelines to pay attention to the big church room and to remember to listen and to make all the pauses and rests we felt like. The concert was released on Japanese CD MESCD 0014 - click here to see more.

Playing sessions were varied: free improvisations, playing of compositions, exercises. As before, one half of the four sessions in all was organized into two groups by randomly drawing lots, the rest being up to a free choice. The last one became a tutti for the second time. Some notations and paintings can be seen here<.

Also, we had a presentation of a written piece, Sonata for two Executioners by Azerbaijan composer Faraq Karaev (1974). And conference discussion on the special theme "notations".

Here are some pictures of us! 


*DIMC 1999

Had seven participants staying for a long time (one from Germany, the rest from DK) and six coming for a shorter time.

No concert this time, but many playing sessions, also interacting with a visual artist.

Like to see some pictures?

The discussion was open-ended and centered around intuitive art and society. Here is a quote:

Gerhard: intuitive art is getting exciting exactly when it begins to be boring. When you get stuck, you have to create.

John: so intuitive music comes from boredom?

Carl: maybe John is literally right. Since the art world is boring, we have to invent intuitive art.


Tytte: I do not agree that normal art is boring - all art is creative, it always starts so. Since we do not have to fight for survival in our culture, there is a greater demand for creativity.

Click here> to read a full resume of the discussion. Click here to go to top of the page.


*DIMC 1998

Had seven participants - one from Japan, one from Germany and Danes. Despite many international contacts via letters and e-mail, this time everybody had seen each other before. So we just went deeper into playing.

We did a nice concert in Växjö. (Click here here to see a review!). It was recorded and released on Japanese CD MESCD 0006 - click here to see some of the cover and here to get order information.

Click here to see some pictures...

Here is a summary of our discussion Saturday 15th of August about the theme: "Intuition and life":

Theme for the discussion was the concept of intuition and how it can be brought to a broader use also outside of improvised music playing. One marked standpoint was expressed by Johan who said the concert the day before represented one hour of intuitive activity, however, he wanted it totally, to go on much longer time, in the form of a tour improvising its way along on the journey. Other viewpoints dealed with what intuitive music does to the listener and musician, like Kumi's saying that it had to do with throwing mental garbage away and be free in the situation. Various other improvised music playing experiences, their paradoxes and requirements for improvised playing were also discussed. (CBN) (Click here to read a full resume of the discussion)



*DIMC 1997

A CD with improvisations from the Conference 1997 is distributed by Intuitive Records.

Click here to go to Intuitive Records' homepage and read what Karlheinz Stockhausen wrote to us about this record and to see a review by Richard Cochrane!

DIMC 97 had 14 participants, including one from Japan, one from
Germany and one Danish participant living in New York. As
expected this third annual conference proved that DIMC is
becoming an international meeting place of composers, musicians
and artists working intuitively.

(Kumi Wakao, Japan)

Once again the Rudme Free-school (Denmark) was the frame for a
conference. In spite of somewhat primitive facilities in
general, DIMC-participants enjoyed this setting. And again
shopping & cooking was implemented in an intuitive
community-spirit. Informal intuitive sessions, talking, & life
enjoyment in general seems to be what DIMC-participants

(Jens Balder, Denmark)


The question proposed was whether history and theory were vital
or irrelevant to intuitive music.

Several participants stated that formal theories were not
important to them, rather a reflective process centered around
their practical musical life.

This could also be named tradition or a working process. Some
standpoints stressed the importance of individual freedom. This
could be in order to explore oneself and fellow human beings as
they are instead of stereotypes.

To achieve this end, both the practises of forgetting previous
knowledge and remembering individual experiences as well as roots
back were pointed out as valuable tools.

The discussion thus showed differentiated individual approaches
to the working process as an improvisor.

DIMC 97 was organized by Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen &
Johan Toft (host)

Carl and Johan.


*DIMC 1996.

The Conference had eleven participants. Two were Danish visual
artists. One was a Canadian. Something new this year was also the
representation of several musicians from the city of Århus.

Friday evening participants agreed to go to the town of Svendborg
because of a special invitation to do a concert during a town
festival (starting exactly at sunset at 9:23 pm!). We did that
as a benefit for the Conferences and developed a design for the
concert by common discussion.

Playing sessions had a nice variation: some had the form of a
painting/playing collaboration workshop, some were centered
around certain participant's ideas, one took place outdoors in
a wood, some were simply about playing.

Special theme of the year was "Intuitive music and other art
forms". In our discussion, themes of awareness of time and space,
intuitive music versus composed music were worked upon. One must
say that once again people were standing on their toes to express
their opinions and comment each other's views. After closing of
the formal discussion, it went on informally for hours!

On the last day we formed The Association Denmarks Intuitive
Music Conferences. It has the aim of supporting the Conferences
and participant's travelling, and it is a nescessary formality
to keep money from benefits, funds etc. out of reach of personal
income taxes. The two founders are born members of the comitee
which is to be elected at a general assembly during the
Conference each year.

We have encountered much love and serious interest both from
those present as from ealier participants as well as from new
people who have contacted us - thank you, all of you!


*DIMC 1995 (first time - DIMC founded by Johan Toft and Carl Bergstroem-Nielsen)

had ten participants, including two from Sweden. The theme was:
"Intuitive Music - different backgrounds, common goals?". We
wrote in the programme: "The idea for this Congress has grown out
of the idea of letting the Intuitive Music groups at Funen and
Copenhagen meet, and we would like to see even more people. In
the countries surrounding us, freely improvising musicians have
regular organisations - we want to meet each other, too. The aim
of this conference is solely to do it for our own sake - to
exchange sounds and thoughts"

No official resume was made of discussions which were not
formally arranged either, but they certainly were vigourous, and
participants enjoyed greatly to play. It appeared to us that
there was a real need to do this.


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