Kelly Moran & People Like Us LIVE
The first Salon in 2019 will feature the Berlin-premiere of New York-based composer Kelly Moran, following her Warp Records debut ‘Ultraviolet’ – as well as British pioneering audio-visual collage artist Vicki Bennett aka. People Like Us.
Prepared-piano specialist Kelly Moran remembers her eureka moment like it was yesterday. It was a balmy afternoon last summer, down in the woods near her childhood home on Long Island. British artist Vicki Bennett has been working across the field of audio-visual collage since 1991, and is recognised as an influential and pioneering figure in the still growing area of sampling, appropriation and cutting up of found footage and archives. Read & Listen | Tickets
Wednesday, 27th March 2019 | Doors 20:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET | Decks: Vlada
Anna and Elizabeth & Saloli LIVE
The Invisible Comes to Us is a new album from the pioneering partnership of Anna & Elizabeth. Released on the significant Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the record is a spellbinding reconfiguration of ancient folk ballads that sees the duo’s immersion in Appalachian music move to a place of boundless experimentation.
Portland, Oregon resident Mary Sutton’s solo project Saloli (Kranky) threads together complementary shades of soft-hued hypnosis, dazed modal introspection, icy amusement park reverie, and lunar lullaby into prismatic suites of contemplative melody and synthetic communion. Read & Listen | Tickets
Wednesday, 24th April 2019 | Doors 20:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET | Decks: Marta De Pascalis
Phew‘s career began in the 70s when she fronted Osaka punk group Aunt Sally (who released one album on Vanity Records in 1979). Ryuichi Sakamoto produced Phew’s first solo release in 1980 and in 1981 Pass Records issued her debut LP, a classic featuring Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit of Can, and Conny Plank. She’s since collaborated with members of DAF, Neubauten, Boredoms and more.
Pitchfork calls her a “Japanese underground legend”. The albums she created over the last 40 years have gone from record store rarities to being included on many “best of” lists. She worked solo with musicians such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Holger Czukay, Jaki Liebezeit, Chrislo Haas, Alexander Hacke, Yuji Takahashi, Seiichi Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Nagashima, Otomo Yoshihide in the group Novo Tono, Dieter Moebius on Phew’s Project Undark Radium Girls project, Jim O’Rourke and Ana da Silva. Read & Listen | Tickets
Wednesday, 22nd Mai 2019 | Doors 20:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET | Decks: D/B Soundsystem
Seth Graham & Gwenifer Raymond LIVE
A student of philosophy, and deliberately oblivious to the functions of genres and hype, Seth Graham is co-owner of experimental imprint Orange Milk; responsible for putting out so much of the current flow of zany, yet classically informed electronic music on classic formats, again flying in the face of considered trends of the new establishment.
Gwenifer Raymond is a Welsh multi-instrumentalist based in Brighton, England. Oscillating between the moody and the manic she plays original American Primitive instrumentals, drawn from the roots music of Mississippi and Appalachia. Read & Listen | Tickets
Wednesday, 29th Mai 2019 | Doors 20:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET | Decks: Yantan Ministry
Ariel Kalma, Carl Stone & Ariadne LIVE
French-born composer Ariel Kalma moved through free jazz, progressive rock, drone, minimalism, electroacoustic composition, field recordings, new age and more. Over 4 decades, he published several vinyl LP’s, cassettes, and CD’s. His compositions have been used for modern dance-theatre, films, musical poetry, guided meditations, transformational groups. Ariel Kalma has also played on many albums in France – even throughout Europe, the US and recently Australia, where he lives.
Carl Stone is one of the pioneers of live computer music, and has been hailed by the Village Voice as “the king of sampling.” and “one of the best composers living in (the USA) today.” He has used computers in live performance since 1986. Stone was born in Los Angeles and now divides his time between Los Angeles and Japan. He studied composition at the California Institute of the Arts with Morton Subotnick and James Tenney and has composed electro-acoustic music almost exclusively since 1972.
Ariadne is an A/V experimental sacred music duo comprised of Christine Papania (voice, electronics) and Benjamin Forest (electronics). With a focus on interspersing the ritualism of ancient spirituality and the secular iconography of the postmodern, Ariadne flawlessly bridge the two worlds through their intricate musical compositions, striking digital visuals, and captivating live performances. Read & Listen | Tickets
Wednesday, 26th June 2019 | Doors 20:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET | Decks: Silvia Kastel
Leafcutter John, Haiku Salut & Yosi Horikawa LIVE
Electronic musician, inventor and teacher Leafcutter John explores microcosms of sound through instruments of his own making – be they photo-sensitive grids controlled by bike lights and sparklers, precarious, home-spun Rube Goldberg-isms or glistening modular banks. Leafcutter seems drawn to the aleatoric beauty of natural systems; he’s been heard baffling Max Reinhardt on Late Junction with an atomic recording of a peeling tangerine, and aurally charting the price of gold at the Roundhouse.
Haiku Salut are an instrumental dream-pop-post-folk-neo-everything trio from the Derbyshire Dales. The group consists of multi-instrumentalists Gemma Barkerwood, Sophie Barkerwood, and Louise Croft. Between them, Haiku Salut play accordion, piano, glockenspiel, trumpet, guitar, ukulele, drums, and melodica. Their music also features electronic elements, which they refer to as “loopery and laptopery”.
Yosi Horikawa is a self-taught sound designer who, from the age of 12, has spent most of his time and talent manipulating and grinding up all sorts of sounds. He puts no limits to his longings for acoustic explorations and mixes different genres, styles and instruments in order to plunge the audience into his very personal musical world. Read & Listen | Tickets
Wednesday, 31st July 2019 | Doors 20:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET | Decks: TBA
Mary Lattimore & Frances-Marie Uitti LIVE
Mary Lattimore is a Los Angeles-based musician who uses her Lyon and Healy concert grand harp to conjure up beautifully abstracted forms that evoke a host of memories, landscapes and allusions.
Composer and virtuoso cellist Frances-Marie Uitti pioneered the two-bow technique. A relentless collaborator and performer, she has worked with innumerable legendary composers including John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi & Iannis Xenakis since as far back as 1980.
For our summer salon in August, we will host the Kiezsalon at Kunsthaus Dahlem and its beautiful sculpture park. The Kunsthaus, which is located right next to the Grunewald and near the Brücke Museum, is an exhibition space dedicated to postwar modernism in East and West Germany. Read & Listen | Tickets
Saturday, 31st August 2019 | Doors 18:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET | Decks: TBA
Raoul Vignal & G.A.M.S. LIVE
Raoul Vignal was born in Lyon, France. Soothing vocals and a delicate fingerpicking technique stand as his trademarks in composition. His music has many times been referred to as “evocative”. His first album ‘The Silver Veil’, recorded at Klangbild Studios, Berlin, was released on April 7, 2017, on French record label Talitres (Bordeaux).
The duo G.A.M.S. makes music on the edge of losing control. A restless drummer works his way through waves of feedback, which span the full spectrum of frequencies from pumping bass to the highest tones. With the pulse of the feedback Andi Stecher‘s drumming, at times feverish and driven, then distanced and abstract, creates polyrhythmic structures. Whats comes into being is a maelstrom of sound and rhythm – music beyond every style, the power of which lies in its rawness. Stecher and Guido Möbius switch the roles of desired and undesired sound and thereby create pieces like archaic sculptures. Read & Listen | Tickets
Wednesday, 25th September 2019 | Doors 20:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET | Decks: TBA
Kee Avil, Karpov not Kasparov & Yuko Araki LIVE
Kee Avil is a solo song project based in Montreal, QC. It combines guitar, voice and electronics into song forms that stagger between structure and improvisation. Kee Avil evolved from playing the guitar with broken cymbals and drumsticks into creating strange beats glued together by samples of screws dropped into crystal bowls.
Chess is math and like chess, Karpov not Kasparov’s sound is a mathematical fusion of electronic music, an early 80’s sound and some jazzy-oriental flavours. Like in chess, the drum machine and the vintage synths take turns on the offensive, wrapping around one another in a psychedelic waltz. Every move the instruments make nudges the track towards a new direction and changes the course of the game. The result is danceable, fluid and favourably inclined towards out-of-consciousness experiences.
Yuko Araki is a multi-instrumentalist composer based in Tokyo, Japan. She began playing piano as a child and, inspired by the hardcore and metal music she heard in her hometown rehearsal studios, she first joined a band as a teenager. Araki founded the neo-classical noise duo Concierto de la Familia in 2016, as well as playing drums in the Oriental dream-psych band KUUNATIC. In 2017, she started her solo improvised experimental/noise project using cymbals and analog synths. Read & Listen | Tickets
Wednesday, 30th October 2019 | Doors 20:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET | Decks: TBA