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Shared Space / Music Festival of Free Sound / Toplocentrala Gallery - Cube

Curator: Biliana Voutchkova

05-07 September 2023

Toplocentrala Gallery - Cube

Visiting hours

16:00 - 21:00 (every day) / Tickets for events with entrance: 15 BGN Discount for students and seniors 10 BGN / 30 BGN for the days. Discount for students and seniors 25 BGN / From CCA Toplocentrala reception.

Shared Space / Music Festival of Free Sound / Toplocentrala Gallery - Cube

Curator: Biliana Voutchkova

At the end of the summer, the interdisciplinary Bulgarian-German artist Biliana Voutchkova invites you to the gallery space of Toplocentrala  to meet the world of free sound and "real-time music" (Echtzeitmusik). The so called “real time music" originated two decades ago in Berlin. Its roots can be traced back to the subcultural contexts of the 1990s, when it first manifested itself in the squats and underground clubs that appeared immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Over the years, the Berlin music community associated with these scene developed a wide variety of experimental and unconventional musical forms. The original style of expression of the numerous performers presents music performed on instruments created by them, unconventional use and development of familiar instruments, electro-acoustic music, thrash-pop, performance, sound art, etc.

Biliana and her colleagues from Berlin, Seoul and Sofia will present a varied programme including audiovisual installations, evening concerts, open diалогуес and impromptu afternoon sessions with invited Bulgarian guests. The gallery space will be arranged in a way to create a specific artistic atmosphere. There will be installations and objects found by the participants in nature, and in addition, the space will be replenished daily with what is born in it.

Artists participating in the three-day festival will perform in different configurations on each of the different days. And the most exciting thing is that they are all coming together on stage for the first time!

Of course, there will also be unexpected encounters and happenings.



Sabine Vogel - flutes, electro-acoustic devices

Lena Czerniawska - live drawing, spoken word, installations

Emilio Gordoa - vibraphone, percussion, natural objects, installations

Miako Klein - recorders, Paetzold

sOo-Jung Kae - keyboards

Noah Kae Choi - live writer

Biliana Voutchkova - violin, voice, electro-acoustic devices, installations

George Donchev - bass, percussion, harmonium, natural objects

Rossen Zahariev - trumpet, percussion



>> 05.09., Tuesday

Vogel, Czerniawska, Gordoa, Voutchkova, Donchev, Zahariev

16:00 - 18:00 official opening / vernissage (free entrance)

Open dialogue about the Berlin Echtzeitmusik scene and solo interventions in symbiosis with the installations, in-and outside around the gallery 

19:00 - slow concert with instruments, voices and materials (tickets)

Slow long sustained tones, expanding extended gestures, allowing unexpected emerging of surprising harmonies and transformations. 


>> 06.09., Wednesday
Kae, Kae Choi, Vogel, Voutchkova, Donchev

16:00 - 18:00 multidisciplinary afternoon (free entrance)

Sessions with music, dance and live drawing, conversations with the participants and the invited guests Ina Gerginova-Evtimova, Sasha Krastarska and Aleksandra Spasova

19:00 - concert (tickets)


>> 07.09., Thursday

Klein, Vogel, Czerniawska, Kae, Kae Choi, Gordoa, Voutchkova, Donchev

16:00 - 18:00 electro-acoustic space (free entrance)

Sessions and conversations, with the participants and invited guests Todor Karastoyanov and…

19:00 - concert and closing / dernissage (tickets)



For events with entrance: 15 BGN
Discount for students and seniors.

30 BGN for three days.
Discount for students and seniors.

You can purchase from the CCA Toplocentrala reception and/or request in advance by calling. + 359 877 223 172; e-mail:



Biliana Voutchkova is a dynamic, thoroughly engaged interdisciplinary artist, violinist, composer-performer, improvisor and curator with highly individual, unconventional artistic language. Through the prism of listening, her early training in classical music and the years of development as contemporary artist-performer, she explores states of spontaneity and intuitive resonance embodied in her multifaceted activities. Her work spans the widest possible range of sound, vision, movement and includes concert performances of improvisation, contemporary composition and original site specific work, exhibitions, long durational / multidisciplinary performances, audiovisual works and installation formats with focus on the interconnection between inner world and sound space.

Sabine Vogel

As a flute player Sabine Vogel focuses on sound and improvisation, using extended techniques, both acoustic as well as electronic, creating a very personal contemporary language for the flute. She also creates site specific work in the natural environment as well as concert installations and performances relating to her outdoor work. This work often engages with sound, place, time, moment and memory. She is an active member of the Echtzeitmusik scene in Berlin where she resides from the very beginning of its formation. Projects and concerts continuously lead her around the whole world, and she has a large number of various format album releases.

Emilio Gordoa

Mexican composer, sound artist, percussionist and vibraphonist based in Berlin, engaged with numerous projects as a soloist and in collaboration with theater, dance, performance and other interdisciplinary frameworks. Emilio is specially focused on experimental music, sound art, noise, free jazz, improvisation and contemporary music. He is redefining the vibraphone as a source, treating it with preparations and extended techniques. He is a busy composer as well. During the year 2019 Emilio was Improviser in Residence of the prestigious Moers Festival and in 2021 received an honorary mention by the Prix Ars Electronica. He’s a current member of Splitter Orchester, Gordoa-Malfon-Edwards-Narvesen, Circuit Training, RadiationiX, Para.keets, Corso, Dörner-Thieke-Vorfeld-Gordoa, and M0VE.

Lena Czerniawska

Lena is a drawing, writing ands vocal artist, improviser, performer and cultural animator. She runs the Experimental Literary Program on Radio Kapitał, collaborates with artists associated with the Echtzeitmusik scene in Berlin and the experimental/improvised music scene worldwide. She tries to search more than find, because "He who found, searched wrong" (Aglaja Veteranyi).

Miako Klein

The Berlin-based musician, performer and improviser was classically educated on the recorder and violin, completинг her studies with several Masters of Music. Miako has extensive experiences in performing contemporary music, as well as early and improvised music. She constantly questions and challenges the conventional ways of music performance, pushing boundaries between styles and genres by experiment and interdisciplinary collaborations. She performs as a soloist and chamber musician and often collaborates with composers who have written works for her. Miako was a guest of Ensemble Modern, ICE contemporary Ensemble New York, Quartet New Generation, Il Pomo d’Oro. She has collaborated with Cirque du Soleil and the dance company Constanza Macras | Dorky Park, and regularly performs with JANE IN ETHER, her duo WARBLE and trumpet player Sava Stoianov.

Georgi Donchev

George Donchev played music and traveled the world since 1979, and music took him to four continents. His foundation is in classical music and jazz. He studied at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston where he received a full scholarship. He is now living in Bulgaria, fully engaged with the experimental music scene primarily in Europe.

Rossen Zahariev

Rossen starts playing piano at the age of 7, and trumpet at тhe age of 10. After graduating from Sofia School of Music, he studies at the Bulgarian Music Academy, Rotterdam Conservatory and Berklee College of Music. He plays the “emerging artists stage” at Woodstock ’99. While being a member of Bob Moses' band, records in his albums “Nishoma” and “Universal Folk Song”. Zahariev is on the forefront of contemporary Bulgarian Music, sought for his strong presence and ability to contribute to any musical situation. Winner of the 2018 “Crystal Lyre” for jazz artist of the year.

sOo-Jung Kae

The music of sOo-Jung is described as a "melting pot of the 20th century classical music, free improvisation, punk, and jazz." She has performed as a soloist and in various settings with colleagues from the international contemporary music scene, at major festivals and concert series. Her compositions and recorded music has been used in collaboration with dance, television, and movies including Venice International Film Festival nominee. Currently, sOo-Jung resides in Korea where she is a professor at the Dong-Ah Institute. She continues to experiment and fearlessly search for new ways to advance her art, and in the process provides the listeners with an extraordinarily unique experience.

Noah Kae Choi

Noah Kae Choi is a calligrapher, live writer, and logo designer born in Boston. He’s been based in Seoul, South Korea since the tender age of 3. Through elements and stimuli found in daily life, he deconstructs and recreates complex patterns through his art. Choi won the fist art brut award in 2022 and he has exhibited at Nodeul Space 445 Gallery, the New Zealand Audio Foundation and Nam June Paik Art Center. He has done live writing at HAN’S Haus in Munich, Germany, Nam June Paik Art Center, Yeouido Hangang Park, Chlisung Shipyard, Mucontinent, Strange Fruit, and other venues. In addition, when he was 9 years old, he played drums for the band Avant de Noise at Culture Seoul Station and Seochon Office.


Curator: Biliana Voutchkova

Curator Biliana Voutchkova