Experimental Improvisation Ensemble


Herbert Lacina (bass), Karlheinz Essl (electronics), Ed Reardon (piano)

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M!INDF*KC is an experimental improvisation ensemble that began working together in November 2023. In contrast to bands with elaborate aesthetics, we create an unstable network that emphasizes fragility and unstable connections. In our free improvised performances we form a non-linear oscillation system based on feedback processes that are constantly reconfiguring themselves. By responding to each other and to the acoustic environment of the performance space, we explore new ways of playing and producing sound that go beyond the clichés of free improvisation. Although we play very different instruments (bass, piano, electronics), we try to merge our individual sonic worlds into a new common sound, where the boundaries between our personalities become blurred. A mind-blowing experience!


m!ndf*kc live
Kunstraum Ewigkeitsgasse Vienna
11 Nov 2023

m!ndf*kc & wodo live
KunstbeTrieb Vienna
16 Dec 2023


Herbert Lacina (* 1954, Vienna): electric bass
Works in the field of jazz and improvisation and plays acoustic and 12-string bass. The artist, whose credo is "For me, music is a stream of energy, free of forms and boundaries", is a member and curator of SFIEMA - Society for Sound Art, Free Improvisation and Experimental Music Austria, a member of Kunstraum Ewigkeitsgasse with its own concert series and curator of the Beethoven event series 2019-2020 in Mödling and a member of IG Bildende Kunst and the Austrian Composers Association. He frequently plays concerts at Celeste, Wiener Künstlerhaus, Porgy & Bess, Forum Stadtpark Graz, Alte Schmiede and many other venues in Vienna and internationally.

Herbert Lacina

Edward Reardon (* 1969, USA): piano
Edward Reardon is an eclectic composer, improviser and producer. He is a versatile mutli-instrumentalist and performer. In addition to being a pianist and guitarist, he has performed extensively with analogue synthesizers, especially the Moog Polymoog, as well as other vintage electric keyboards. Throughout the years, he has performed in many ensembles in a wide variety of situations and styles ranging from Jazz, Free Jazz and avant garde, as well as rock oriented musics. Selected ensembles include Raum-Espacio Ensemble (with Andres Marchetti), 1234, the Richard Nickel transaction Ensemble, and Black Dot. He is also a prolific composer for theater, having contributed primarily in his native Chicago. Playwrights he has worked with have included Beau O’Reilly, Rebecca Gilman and Brett Nevue, as well as many classic playwrights including Shakespeare, Brecht, and Sam Shepard. He currently lives in Vienna.

Edward Reardon

Karlheinz Essl (* 1960, Vienna): electronics
Composer/performer, electronic musician, improviser and media artist. He studied composition with Friedrich Cerha and musicology in Vienna. Composer-in-residence at the Darmstadt Summer Courses, IRCAM in Paris and the Salzburg Festival. Since 2007 Professor for Electroacoustic Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In addition to instrumental and live electronic works, he develops generative composition software and sound installations. He has collaborated with artists such as Harald Naegeli ("Sprayer of Zurich") and Jonathan Meese, writers Andreas Okopenko and Erwin Uhrmann, and choreographer Andrea Nagl. Intensive work with immersive 3D soundscapes (book project K.O.P.F., Limbus 2021) and modular synthesizers (Coastlines, 2022 ff). His compositions are performed worldwide by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, etc.


Updated: 14 Jan 2024