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Büro für akustische Innenraumpflege

© Caroline Schlüter

The ''Büro für akustische Innenraumpflege'' (office for acoustic interior care) is celebrating its debut at Rottstrasse and welcomes a visitor from Japan: The hustling and bustling violinist Naoki Kita from Tokyo is passing through and stopping over in Bochum. He is here to present his solo programme and improvise in duo with saxophonist Florian Walter from Essen afterwards. Musically, the audience is in for an exciting mix of very different influences from minimal music and contemporary jazz to traditional Asian styles.

The ''Büro für akustische Innenraumpflege'' care was created in early 2017 to be able to offer internationally touring artists a platform in the Ruhr region. In addition to the opportunity to attend unique concerts with international acts, the series also launches a creative space for intercultural and interdisciplinary artistic exchange by having supra-regional artists perform here together with players of the local scene.

Naoki Kita  is considered one of Japan's most radical violinists who combines contemporary composition and free jazz with influences of tango, progressive rock and Arabic and traditional Japanese music. In recent years, he has concentrated on improvisational music and his own compositions, both in and outside of Japan. He has played with Barre Phillips (double bass), Jean Laurent Sasportes (solo dancer at Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch), Sebastian Gramms (double bass), Rodger Turner (drums) and Tristan Honsinger (cello), among others.

Florian Walter  has been active as a saxophonist/clarinettist and in the field of contemporary composition since 2006. He studied school music, jazz saxophone, composition and history in Essen; furthermore, he plays in numerous ensembles ranging from experimental pop, new music and free improvisation to theatre music. As an instrumentalist and composer, Florian Walter seeks new ways of constructing sound and putting it in a situational context without resorting to established mechanisms. In addition, the search for new forms of concertante situations is an important element in his work.