Miguel Noya and Finlay Shakespeare
Wednesday, 29th July 2020
Miguel Noya is a Venezuelan composer and live electronic music pioneer whose work swings from cosmic electronic experimentation to techno. Influenced by ‘70s synthesizer music, his landmark album ‘Gran Sabana’, released independently in 1984, is most reminiscent of Kraftwerk and space synth.
Finlay Shakespeare is an English musician whose edgy synth pop and art-rock music is an homage to the likes of Depeche Mode and the Human League, melded into Talking Heads style art-pop records, like his 2019 debut ‘Domestic Economy’. After an array of releases under the moniker Future Image, Shakespeare decided to move away from the IDM sound of his previous work, bringing in vocals and a decidedly more pop edge.
Doors 19:00 / Start 20:00 CET
Kiezsalon im Exil (Open air summer special) at Kunsthaus Dahlem with Ashraf Sharif & Viktor Marek, Clara Hill, Carolina Eyck and L.A. Salami
Saturday, 29th August 2020
Our special Summer Kiezsalon (im Exil) at Kunsthaus Dahlem. Four concerts, including three record release shows, featuring legendary sitarist Ashraf Sharif Khan from Pakistan performing with Viktor Marek of Hamburg’s Golden Pudel Club, Berlin’s singer-songwriter Clara Hill, German-Sorbian theremin and voice musician Carolina Eyck, and UK lyricist and musician, L.A. Salami.
Doors 18:00 | Start 18:30 CET
Nadja (replacing No Place Trio) and Shida Shahabi
Wednesday, 30th September 2020
Nadja is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist duo formed in 2003, now based in Berlin. Their music has been described as ‚ambient doom‘, ‚dreamsludge‘, and ‚metalgaze‘, combining the atmospheric textures of shoegaze and ambient music with the heaviness and volume of metal and noise.
Swedish pianist/composer Shida Shahabi is a fresh force in contemporary piano music. Her debut LP ‘Homes’ was viewed by many as one of the finest piano albums of the 21st century. She signed to FatCat Records imprint 130701 in 2018, after the label were “floored by the beauty of her album recordings.”
Unfortunately Noplace Trio have been forced to cancel due to travel restrictions. However we are delighted to be able to welcome Nadja to the programme (featuring Aiden Baker, also of Noplace Trio).
Doors 20:00 | Start 21:00 CET | Decks: TBA
**RESCHEDULED Gigi Masin and Floating Spectrum**
Wednesday, 25th March 2020 NEW DATE – Wednesday, 21st October 2020
Since the release of Gigi Masin’s pathbreaking 1986 debut LP ‚Wind‘, his intricate and at times emotive compositions take the listener into a realm of contemplation, a spellbound mindstate where time and space appear to dissolve.
Floating Spectrum’s music blends synths, meditative drones, and heavily processed samples with layered environmental soundscapes. Mei-Fang Liau’s sonic journeys explore themes of growth, decay, and the contradictory place of humans within nature.
Doors 20:00 / Start 21:00 CET | Decks: Baby Vulture
**RESCHEDULED Galya Bisengalieva, Jarboe and Carmen Villain**
Wednesday, 29th April 2020 NEW DATE – Wednesday, 25th November 2020
Galya Bisengalieva is an award-winning Kazakh/British violinist. She has forged her reputation as a soloist, improviser and collaborator with artists and composers of varied genres including Laurie Spiegel, Thom Yorke, Frank Ocean and Suzanne Ciani through her leadership role at the London Contemporary Orchestra.
Jarboe is an American singer-songwriter and keyboardist who came to prominence as a member of the New York-based band Swans in 1985. Her music has led to select comparisons to other female musicians in the otherwise male-dominated rock subculture. Her work in and beyond the iconic Swans has received international critical attention, with an eclectic list of collaborators such as Chris Connelly, Attila Csihar and Neurosis.
Norwegian-Mexican artist and producer Carmen Villain makes atmospheric music made up of tapestries of field-recordings, an array of instruments, vocals, programmed drums and synths, culminating in her own distinctive sound combining elements of ambient and experimental pop with an electro-acoustic touch. She is currently releasing on widely-respected independent Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound.
Doors 20:00 / Start: 21:00 CET | Decks: Marylou
**POSTPONED Paper Dollhouse, Meitei and Jessica Sligter**
Wednesday, 27th May 2020 NEW DATE – TBC
Paper Dollhouse are a London-based dreampop duo with an energetic stylistic range, fusing elements of ambient, darkwave, synth and noise. They are responsible for some of our favourite records of recent times, including 2018 LP ‘The Sky Looks Different Here’ and latest offering ’The Walled Garden’.
Meitei is a Japanese contemporary producer whose most recent work – inspired by what he calls ‘the lost Japanese mood’ – blends modern techniques with a deep reverence for history, combining spoken word snippets, faint field recordings and haunting half-melodies.
Jessica Sligter is a Dutch musician/composer/producer based between Berlin and Oslo who mixes crooner and experimental music in a “noir” conceptual space. Her recent release ‘Polycrisis:yes!’ presented a futuristic imagining of collapsed European identity. She has matured out of her earlier projects ‘Jæ’ and ‘Sacred Harp’ into a sophisticated collaborator with Jenny Hval, Susanna, and the reputable Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.
Doors 20:00/ Start 21:00 CET | Decks: Mieko Suzuki
**POSTPONED Booker Stardrum, GUO and Northwest**
Wednesday, 24th June 2020 NEW DATE – TBC
Booker Stardrum is a Los Angeles-based performer-composer. Using integrative sampler technology, Booker’s live solo set seamlessly synthesizes acoustic and electronic sounds, with deconstructed and reimagined recorded samples and other collected sonic ephemera. A longtime touring and recording member of NYC bands Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Landlady and VaVatican, Booker has also performed and toured with Lee Ranaldo, Weyes Blood, Nels Cline, playwright and theatre director Young Jean Lee, and more.
GUO is a multidisciplinary duo formed of London’s Daniel Blumberg and Seymour Wright. Their latest release in an ongoing series ‘GUO4’ – out via Mute – features Crystabel Riley on drums and is a collaboration with filmmaker Peter Strickland.
Northwest are an experimental-pop duo based in London, formed by Spanish multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Ignacio Simón and visual artist, producer and singer Mariuca García-Lomas. Their music explores different genres, from contemporary classical music and avant-garde electronica to experimental pop, psychedelia and trip-hop.
Doors 20:00 / Start 21:00 CET | Decks: TBA
**POSTPONED Jason Sharp and Justin Wright**
Wednesday, 28th October 2020 NEW DATE – TBC
Jason Sharp has been a fixture of Montréal’s experimental/improv scene for many years, as a saxophonist exploring drone and durational music, and collaborating in a wide variety of jazz, avant and contemporary music ensembles. Sharp uses custom-built equipment to translate rhythms of the human body into variegated sonic triggers, other modes of signal processing and more traditional instrumentation.
Justin Wright is a cellist and composer pushing the boundaries of melancholic chamber music and experimental indie. A prolific collaborator in countless Montreal-based projects, Justin has established himself as one of Canada’s most innovative and versatile cellists. He has completed four music residencies at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts and shared the stage with the likes of Colin Stetson, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Mount Eerie.
Doors 20:00 / Start 21:00 CET | Decks: TBA