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Europa InTakt 2022 - Classic goes digital


Workshop leader: Patrick Schäfer is a musician, teacher at the Förderschule körperliche und motorische Entwicklung am Webersberg (Homburg) and at the Kaufmännisches Berufsbildungszentrum Saarbrücken Halberg. He is the founder of the app music project iBand-Saar and developer of the "Soundwhacker". Since 2015, he has been conducting training courses at the Saarland State Institute for Education and Media (LPM), among others (;).

About the workshop

: In the first three double lessons of the workshop with Patrick Schäfer, the well-known colourful tubes of the Boomwhackers are digitally expanded and transformed into "Soundwhackers" (cf. Then the new sound and play possibilities are tried out in connection with movement. In the last two double lessons, the Soundwhackers and Light Art workshops are brought together.

Important to know: The materials for the Soundwhackers will be provided as part of the workshop, and the newly created Soundwhackers can be taken home. You should bring your own iPad or iPhone with you or have it available later in your own classroom. However, if required, appropriate devices can also be made available on loan.

Limit on the number of participants: 12

Workshop leader: Till Pöhlmann is a light artist and juggler who not only inspires and amazes his audiences, including Federal President Gauck, but also likes to let them get creative (

About the workshop: In the first three double hours, Till Pöhlmann teaches the basics and techniques of his concept of interactive light painting stations, in which the participants create light art themselves. They learn how to do light painting with their own devices.

In the last two double lessons on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the Soundwhackers and Light Art workshops will be brought together. 

Important to know: Participants will receive the links to the apps that will be used and access to the (digital) images/light paintings created during the workshop and performance in good time before the workshop. Light painting works with iPad and iPhone, but also with Android devices or with digital cameras that ideally also have manual control.

The light art workshop takes place in a room that is repeatedly darkened. Occasionally, flickering light will also be used.

Limit on the number of participants: 12 


Merging Workshop 1 and 2 Soundwhackers and Light Art

The two workshops Soundwhackers and Light Art will be merged on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning and now a joint project will be developed. The aim is to create a production of their own and to present the result at the final concert in the Audimax of the TU Dortmund. The production will then be permanently presented on the Europa InTakt homepage. 

The Sling Orchestra Project - My Breath My Music Foundation

Workshop leader: Ruud van der Wel is a respiratory therapist in Rotterdam. He works with severely disabled children, most of whom are affected by progressive muscle disease. In 2000, he started developing and using electronic wind instruments in his therapy sessions. In 2005, he launched the website He now shares his new instruments, experiences and musical practices throughout Europe.

About the workshop: How can you make music with your eyes? Can you play the flute without hands? How do you play an electronic saxophone with one arm? How do you play the keyboard with your headrest? In this workshop you will not only get to know the unique instruments of the My Breath My Music Foundation, but also the teaching methods and we will show you how to achieve the perfect sound with sampled instruments and (virtual) MIDI. Participants can work with the different instruments themselves. So that the participants can experience what it is like to play a musical instrument with a disability, they will receive one or two arm slings. Some of the participants will perform as a "sling orchestra" at the final concert in the Audimax.

In the workshop, people with and without impairments develop musical pieces and improvisations. The electronic instruments newly developed by Ruud van der Wel and also the EyePlayMusic programme will be tested; the sound results will become pieces of music.

Important to know: All participants are asked to bring their instruments, so that worlds of sound are created in a mix of tradition and electronics. All participants "without disabilities" put one of their arms in a sling, as worn by people who cannot use one arm.

Limit on of the number of participants: 15

Workshop leader: Thomas Bisitz, physicist, musician, sound artist, research associate at the Hörzentrum Oldenburg, has been developing innovative electronic musical instruments ("Motion Soundboxes") in various contexts since 2018, including for the mixed-inclusive BlueScreen Ensemble (Blauschimmel Atelier Oldenburg) for experimental improvised music. The devices are individual, prototypical one-offs that enable intuitive, physical-haptic access and complex artistic-musical expression at the same time through movement and simple control.

About the workshop: In an experimental laboratory, we will get to know different variations of musical instruments and work with a very free form of improvisation through which we meet and interact musically. Different types of sounds and controls of the instruments can be chosen and adapted from ideas of the participants. Besides the personal experience in the workshop, there will be the possibility to exchange artistic, pedagogical and therapeutic aspects. At the end of the symposium we will present a short performance.

Important to know: You are welcome to bring your own instruments of all kinds to experiment with playing together. No previous experience is necessary. The workshop is open to all curious beginners or non-musicians, as well as professional musicians and regardless of experience in improvisation.

Limited number of participants: 15

Workshop leader: Master thereminist Gilda Razani plays theremin, soprano saxophone and the Soma Pipe electronic wind instrument in her band About Aphrodite. The band sound includes a fantastic combination of jazz/rock, dance and electronica. She plays theremin in her duo Matab with Hans Wanning and the band the Dorf. She has recorded with the WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne and the vocal group Manhattan Transfer, performed the world premiere Selma with the Staatskapelle Weimar and the Mozart opera Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe at the Baden - Baden Opera. In addition to her own compositions, she works as a composer and producer for the WDR in the film music and radio play sector and has given many concerts with her bands at home and abroad (

About the workshop: Gilda Razani is looking forward to introducing you to the playing of the theremin in this workshop. She will also talk about the inventor, musician and master spy Leon Theremin, who actually only wanted to produce sounds without any effort. The theremin is played without contact by moving the hands in the air, with one hand influencing the volume and the other the pitch. The tones are felt in the electromagnetic field.

The theremin is known from the Star Trek melody, the Simpsons, the Hannibal Lecter series, Big Bang Bang, Mars Attack, Psycho Hitchcock, Led Zeppelin with their hit "Whole Lotta Love" and the Beach Boys with their hit "Good Vibrations".

Edgar Varèse used the instrument in his composition Educatorial. Jean Michel Jarre uses the theremin in some of his pieces, including his Oxygen success. The theremin enables musical expression through movement, it "tells" secrets and emotions. It is increasingly used in inclusive projects.

Important to know: The theremin used to be a rather exclusive instrument. Nowadays it can be purchased in a technical range from € 400 to € 5000. Some theremins will be available in the workshop. Bring your own instruments and amplifiers and experience with Gilda Razani and with people from different backgrounds the creation of an artistic-musical atmosphere, which you can implement in many practical fields of pedagogy.

Limited number of participants: 12 

Workshop leader: Tobias Dehler, music teacher at the LVR-Anna-Freud-School Cologne 

About the workshop: Distance and light sensors from the electronics store are used to control the Ableton Live software. In this way, instruments can be developed that can be played without touching them. In the workshop, we will explore the possible applications of this digital technology and combine it with conventional instruments. Participants will either use the self-developed instruments of the LVR Anna Freud School or bring their own instrument.

Important to know: Those who would like to delve deeper into the technology are welcome to bring a laptop with the software Ableton Live.

Limited number of participants: 15

Workshop leader: Denis Huna Managing Director Tabula Musica, lives in Bern. He holds a Master's degree in Violin Performance from the Juilliard School of Music in New York. After 10 years in different orchestras, Denis Huna focuses on accessible methods to teach music. In 2017, he founded Tabula Musica, the centre of excellence for accessible music in Bern, Switzerland. He leads the inclusive Tabula Musica Orchestra with 10 musicians with and without disabilities and has a broad expertise in the use of music technology instruments in different settings.

Noel Schmidlin, orchestra conductor, lives in Bern. In addition to his work as a composer, he is intensively involved in free improvisation, plays the violin in various ensembles, conducts a choir and is active in teaching experimental music. Noel Schmidlin studied composition with Wanja Aloe and Christian Henking and music education SII with the subsidiary subjects jazz violin and music education at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB). Since October 2021, he has been completing an internship in inclusive orchestral conducting at Tabula Musica.

About the workshop: In this workshop you will learn about and discover different barrier-free instruments, so-called Accessible Music Technology instruments, with a focus on Motion Composer, EXA: The Infinite Instrument and Soundbeam. We use simple, easy-to-follow hands-on activities to introduce you to the different ways the instruments can be used.

You will develop an understanding of how to use the instrument in the classroom, in music therapy or as part of a heterogeneous ensemble.

Important to know:  Bring your own instruments.

Limited number of participants: 15

Workshop leader: CheChe (Gökçe Gürçay), founder of MANG (Music Academy of Next Generation), member of the ensemble KeKeCa, is originally a drummer. Since 2010 he has been the sound painter of the Istanbul Soundpainting Orchestra. He gives performances and workshops in the USA, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Brazil and Argentina.

About the workshop: Soundpainting is a universal "signlanguage" or sign language for musicians, actors, dancers and visual artists.  With the help of agreed gestures, groups or even school classes are encouraged to create live composed pieces. In the workshop, the participants can change roles; everyone can both react to the signs - follow - and become a sound painter in a leading function - lead. The sound painting language was developed in 1974 by the composer and conductor Walter Thompson, New York.

About MANG : MANG is a new age flying school of music built on musical forms created from the perspective of sound painting, body music and musical interactivity.

Important to know: Bring your own instruments, even electronic ones - and comfortable clothes!

Limited number of participants: 25

Workshop leader: The KeKeÇa Body Percussion Ensemble, here with Timucin Gürer, Ayse Akarsu and Özge Bulut, was founded in Istanbul in 2002 and quickly gained an internationally recognised reputation as an ensemble that works both artistically and educationally. People with disabilities have been involved from the beginning of the performances and workshops, so inclusion is a natural part of their work. (

About the workshop: The body is the main instrument in this workshop. Clapping, snapping, patting and stamping are some of the sound gestures that body percussion works with.  A playful expansion of the sound repertoire is made possible by "intelligent textiles". So far, "smart textiles" have often been used in medicine and sports, but they also expand the possibilities of listening to and making music. The development of a "musical garment" makes music tangible and some artists use "smart textiles" to make music. 

Patrick Schäfer has developed a garment that uses Bluetooth to make four fields on the clothing sound when touched: If a certain spot on the garment is touched, a certain tone sounds. In the workshop, "organic" body percussion is mixed with the use of the "intelligent textile".   

Important to know: Some of the "musical garments" in the form of a kitchen apron with sound-producing elements will be provided for the workshop, information will be given about the production technique. Please bring iPad or MAC.

Limited number of participants: 25

Workshop leader: Žarko Sebić has been making music since childhood. He was a composer and guitarist in a rock band, composed music for children and led a children's band with which he participated in the JESC (Junior Eurovision Song Contest).

For 15 years he has been working with people with disabilities and applying new technologies in the field of music. Together with his colleague Renata Kohler, he runs a music workshop for people with disabilities and the "Good People Orchestra" at the Day Care Centre of the "Milan Petrovic" school in Novi Sad, Serbia.

About the workshop: Musical work is done with three elements. The Soundbeam 6 Group Kit consists of several elements. A screen - TouchScreen - generates various sounds through touch, two sensor beams that resemble a microphone but do not record sounds but transmit them, sounds that are then made audible through hand movements, and four switches that react to direct touch and generate sounds.

MiMu Glover is a programme that converts movement into music (, the Leap Motion Controller is a small device that recognises the movement of your hands and turns it into 3D interactivity on the screen: You move your hands in front of the screen and depending on the programme, images move or sounds are modulated. The Leap Motion Controller runs on Windows (from Windows 7) and on MAC (

In the course of the workshop, small pieces are created in a mixture of traditional and electronic instruments.   

Important to know: Bring your own instruments and computers! Cajons and other rhythm instruments will be provided.

Limited number of participants: 15

Workshop leader: Robert Wechsler is the inventor of the MotionComposer. He is a choreographer and dancer and a pioneer in the use of interactive technologies on the dance stage.

Robert Wechsler has a Masters in Choreography from New York University and was a protégé of Merce Cunningham and John Cage. With his Palindrome Dance Company he won the first prize for 'Best Interactive Art' at the Berlin Transmediale in 2002. He is the author of numerous articles in the field of dance, technology and people with other abilities. Robert lives in Weimar, from where he directs the MotionComposer projects.

About the workshop: With over 50 sound worlds, the MotionComposer invites creative exchange through facial expressions, gestures and the body. With the help of stereo-vision technology, movements are captured and linked to music and natural sounds: a movement of the arm through the air can thus evoke matching piano notes. In the workshop, the functioning and handling of this interactive technology will be presented. Role-playing games will be used to develop and test customised application scenarios for everyday therapeutic or educational work. At the final concert, selected results will be presented by the participants.

Further information on the technology:

Important to know:  The workshop is suitable for people of all abilities. Please wear clothing suitable for movement!

Please note: Different workshop times: Friday 10 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm, Sat 10 am - 12 pm, sound check in the afternoon, final concert from 5 pm - with presentation of selected workshop results. 

Limited number of participants: 12

About the workshop: The added value of music apps for people with intellectual disabilities is still being discussed - admittedly, it can only be experienced in concrete application. In the workshop, intuitive and more complex music apps and their application possibilities will be tested both "solo" and in interaction with other digital and analogue instruments, and their benefits will be reflected upon.

Apps that will be used include: GarageBand, Keezy, Orphion, BITWaves, Playground, Navichord and many more.

Workshop leader: Sven Kirsten is a musician in the field of jazz and pop, music teacher and special needs teacher at a special school with a focus on mental development. He is experienced in working with various inclusive bands such as "Collective One". 

Important to know: Please bring: A mobile device (preferably an iPad, other tablets and smartphones possible).

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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