Filed under: occultofest | Tags: Aidan Baker, amelia cuni, Billy, blue stork, catherine christer hennix, cc hennix, derek holzer, dhrupad, diy electronics, drone, e-violin, EnKA, florinn bareth, fluxus, folk, HLG, impro, Jacob Faurholt, Man Meets Bear, max stadler, minimalism, Nadja, Nicholas Humbert, nk, raga, soren borthers, werner durand
Busy week. And delightful.
[#] Wed 16 Jan @ Intersoup bar, Schliemannstr. 31 Pberg
Jacob Faurholt (DK) and Man meets bear (CA)
Man meets Bear has been a lake scientist from Ontario and the name of a totem pole in British Columbia which depicts a man climbing up a tree, facing a bear climbing down the tree. Today she includes a solar engineer and an Experimental Housewife.
Danish songwriter Jacob Faurholt has released four solo albums between 2005 – 2012, the latest Dark Hours, was released in Germany through Raw Onion Records in July. Dark Hours was well received and the English site Drowned In Sound wrote the following: “Jacob Faurholt instantly transports the listener to the sort of gothic Americana hinterland that has been populated by the likes of Will Oldham and Sparklehorse.” Faurholt moved to Berlin in 2010, and has since played more than 50 shows in Germany. He has also played support jobs for Grizzly Bear, The Black Heart Procession, The Handsome Family, and fellow danes Efterklang. Faurholt is also active with his psych pop band Crystal Shipsss.
[#] Thu 17 Jan @ NK, Elsenstr. 52 Berlin Treptow, a concert to be not missed!
BORN OF SIX: AMELIA CUNI / CATHERINE CHRISTER HENNIX / WERNER DURAND / STEFAN TIEDJE
Amelia Cuni – solo voice
Catherine Christer Hennix – drone voice
Werner Durand – invented wind instruments, drones
with Stefan Tiedje – sound
BORN OF SIX comes out of the traditions of Dhrupad, Early Minimalism and Just Intonation.
„A solid foundation is the best basis for the fundamental“
Narada´s Exposition of the seven notes begins as follows: Because sadja (the Tonic) arises from the combination of nose, throat, chest, palate, tongue, and teeth, it is known as „six-born“.
Catherine Christer Hennix, born 1948 in Stockholm, is an artist, poet, composer, and philosopher with a strong interest in logic, the foundations of mathematics, and formal music theory. Hennix began her musical studies in the 1960s, paying particular attention to the music of Iannis Xenakis and Karlheinz Stockhausen. She pursued studies with Hindustani raga master Pandit Pran Nath in the 1970 and has been a key protagonist in the Manhattan Downtown School along with La Monte Young and Henry Flynt, with whom she shared a number of collaborations that led both to coin the term HESE (“Hallucinogenic Ecstatic Sound Environment”) to aptly describe their scientifically systematic quest for ecstatic states of consciousness.
Amelia Cuni is a singer, composer and performer. She has trained her voice and musical skills in India, according to the tradition of DHRUPAD singing and KATHAK dance. Her present work includes contemporary music and multimedia collaborations with several artists of international repute. She is engaged in the transmission of the knowledge she has acquired from her gurus and teaches Indian singing at the Vicenza Conservatory in Italy. She is based in Berlin.
Werner Durand performs his own music for saxophones, iranian ney, and self-made wind instruments since the late seventies. He studied with Ariel Kalma in Paris, Indian classical music in India and Berlin (with Kamalesh Maitra) and Iranian ney with Ali Reza Asgharia. He started to build wind instruments out of plexi-glass and PVC in the early 80s, which led to the foundation of THE THIRTEENTH TRIBE in 1990.
[#] Fri 18 Jan @ O Tannenbaum Sonnenallee 27 NK
DEREK HOLZER (US) + BARETH/STADLER (DE)+ NICHOLAS HUMBERT (DE)
Derek Holzer (1972) is an American sound artist based in Berlin, whose current interests include DIY analog electronics, sound art, field recording and the meeting points of electroacoustic, noise, improv and extreme music. He has played live experimental sound, as well as taught workshops in noise art technology, across Europe, North America, Brazil and New Zealand.
is a cooperation of florinn bareth (e-violin) and max stadler (electronics).
[#] Sat 19 Jan @ Sdw Neukölln, Pflügerstrasse 11
Eye jazz: Visual Exhibit by HLG, live music by Aidan Baker
“Jazz is based on freedom; you start with one line and keep inventing as you go along…” E.D
HLG specializes in meditative free-form ornaMENTAL drawings, but he also dabbles in screen printing, painting and tattooing. The bending of the Self that comes from collaborations with other like-minded artists is something he thrives on. He doesn‘t live in Sweden anymore.
Aidan Baker is a Canadian musician & writer alternately based in Toronto & Berlin. A classically trained multi-instrumentalist, his primary instrument is the electric guitar with which he creates music ranging from experimental/drone to ambient post-rock to contemporary classical. In addition to his solo work, he performs with the groups Nadja, Whisper Room, and B/B/S/. Baker has released numerous albums on such labels as Alien8 Recordings, Beta-lactam Ring Records, Important Records, and Drone Records.
Filed under: concert, occultofest | Tags: Berlin, Concert, concrete music, drone, DuChamp, Experimental, Experimental music, eXperimontag, fausto maijstral, impro, krapoola, Kreuzberg, Madame Claude, noise, will gresson
Mo. 13/02/12 @ Madame Claude, Lübbener Str. XBerg eXperiMontag
FAUSTO MAIJSTRAL (Musique Concrete, Drone/NZ,IT)
Fausto Maijstral is the duo of DuChamp (IT) and Will Gresson (NZ). Together they perform dense, musique concrete/drone pieces that explore memory and lived experience through heavily processed instruments and field recordings. They performed with Concern (US), Family Battle Snake (GR), Steindor Kristinsson (IS), Iku Sakan (JP), Bemydelay (IT) and Rella the Woodcutter (IT), and opened the 2011 edition of Occultofest in Ausland, Berlin.
both pictures courtesy of Tanya Mar http://www.tanyamar.de/
KRAPOOLA (Impro, Sound Exploration/ES)
Krapoola is a tamer who explores the ways that materials interact when the entropicio happens. Noise is a part of this, not a reality by itself. Along this learning path a memory has formed itself and oblivion has appeared. The mutation has just begun. Regression? For his performances Krapoola’s self-built devices are the usual. They mostly proceed from detritus and go towards the secret. One of his tricks is to spin three records at the same time – one at normal speed, another one twice as fast or slow and one gets played backwards.
dj set DAVIDLY (Implied Music and Ambient/US, DE)
Filed under: occultofest, weirdness | Tags: baritone guitar, drone, DuChamp, electroharmonix, Experimental, impro, protect me from what I want, soundcloud
DuChamp put a new track online, recently. Title is “Protect me from what I want (for J.)” it’s a 15 min drone impro done with baritone guitar/effects. Here she experience the tuning she inveted together with Laurence Wasser, partially inspired by the oud, plus the superbliss of an Electroharmonix cathedral.
Filed under: concert | Tags: Berlin, Blue Sork, drone, HAU, High Wolf, impro, Improvisation, Indias Indios, loophole, lucky dragons, Luke Fischback, Noisekolln, not not fun, san francisco, Sarah Rara, skeletons, Strange Forces
[#] A sudden crush for the New World
Sun Oct 16th @ HAU 2 ( Hallesches Ufer 32 Kreuzberg)
The duo LUCKY DRAGONS, consisting of the multi-instrumentalists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischback , has been performing for more than ten years now, and counts numerous releases. In their artistically arranged, mostly meditatively floating, and then again percussion-accentuated soundscapes they blend electronica, folk and ambient music, familiar sounds from everyday life and “exotically” coded sounds of diverse ethnic origin to become a new and highly reflected form of world music. During their concerts the LA-based group puts an end to the conventional division of stage and public, integrating the concertgoers into the plot. Likewise the trio SKELETONS conveys a similar versatility of artistic influences. It was founded ten years ago by the musician and film director Matt Mehlan. On album releases like “Money” or “Lucas” their artistic range stretches from pop in the style of Prince via free jazz and Afro-funk up to uncommon interpretations of artrock, folk and R&B. On their latest work “People” the band from New York translates their musical voyages around the world into incredibly precise, flowing and emphatic songs. Never before have the Skeletons sounded so compelling as on this album, which was co-produced by the well-known sound expert Rusty Santos.
Tue Oct 18th @ Loophole (Boddinstrasse 60, Neukölln) …main bands are from France, but from Not Not Fun !! Event organized by Noisekölln
High Wolf (FR, Not Not Fun) //
High Wolf makes music like no one else on the planet. He claims to be from the Amazon and all his activities are shrouded in mystery. Sometimes he is just one man, other times High Wolf is a duo. In either case he conjours mystic tropical clouds of repetition and build that, while complex, are never hard to listen to. The music seems to tap into a primal frequency and demands listeners to dance. A contemporary of James Ferraro (of The Skaters), Oneohtrix Point Never and Ducktails.” France’s High Wolf previous released records on Not Not Fun, Bathetic and his own Winged Sun imprint.
Blue Stork (DE) //
Droning Vocals, Distorted Preset Beats and Maracas is the dreamy stream of sounds by Blue Stork. First a straight ambient/drone solo-project called A Blue Stork Is Born By A Moonlight Tower, he decided to keep his drone aesthetics and put them together with a nostalgic tropicana feeling in which the organic Maracas played by his girlfriend and personal shaman, bring the right ethno-spiritual feeling to get high between stars and lovely creatures from the past.
Indias Indios (Chile)//
Indias indios is the name that Benjamin Altermatt gave to a collection of drawings and found images during the summer of 2006, an archive mostly related to landscapes and their people, as well as abstract forms, vertical miasma and so on. During the years the archive has expanded itself to sound collections, as well as to music collaborations with friends. Benjamin.A started to perform as indias indios in the early 2009 around europe. He is based in Berlin, and is currently working on a lo-fi movie and the soundtrack.
// DJs //
Desmond & Lunar Goon - http://strangeforces.wordpress.com/goons
Filed under: concert | Tags: avant rock, avantgarde, beach pop, bei roy, Berlin, Concert, impro, improvvisation, Kevin Shea, Lo fi, Matt Mottel, New York, Talibam!, Young Hare
Tomorrow night, the awesome Talibam! live in Berlin @ Bei Roy (Ziegrastrasse 11, NK)
Hailing from New York, Talibam!, founded in 2003 by Kevin Shea and Matt Mottel has created most unique and exciting live shows and powerfully recorded documents. At a time when most culture sticks to conservative niche opportunities, Talibam! is interested in expansion and exploration; They manage to part the sea by not sticking to genre, aesthetic predisposition or the usual norms of what being a ‘band’ is. More inclined to put on a show that any and all will like, and not be stymied by ‘avant’ type casting, they have won over both unsuspecting and in the ‘know’ audiences worldwide. The energy of Kevin Shea’s full steam drumming is not to be missed, nor is the primal tone of Mottel’s synth run through a Marshall Half Stack.
Sam Kulik is a member of the bands Starring and Nervous Cabaret, and has toured and/or recorded with Skeletons, Amanda Palmer, Capillary Action, Lia Ices, Parts and Labor, Roswell Rudd, and Cynthia Hopkins. He has composed music for dance and theater works and was curator of John Zorn’s club The Stone in December 2009.
check out the video: http://vimeo.com/22665818
YOUNG HARE (GER)
Young Hare play wavy lo-fi beach pop.
sounds and looks like this live: http://vimeo.com/23095157
Filed under: concert, weirdness | Tags: avantgarde, Berlin, dream, drone, DuChamp, Experimental music, fausto maijstral, Harmony Molina, impro, Johnny Chang, loophole, minimalism, nap, Olivier Di Placido, olivier netwon johnny, sleeping concert, trance, will gresson, zabo chabiland
Nap Concert on Wed June 22 @ 21 in Loophole Berlin….
Bring your pillows! Long night of lethargic drones…(I´m serious! it will be a sleeping concert, so whatever you need to sleep!)
Fausto Maijstral (drone, saddest music in the world, IT/NZ/DE)
Fausto Maijstral is a multi-faceted band formed around the core duo of Italian scientist and musician DuChamp and sound artist Will Gresson of New Zealand. The band explores the middle ground between their mutual interest in experimental music, improvisation and the practice of field recording, performing largely improvised soundscapes with various instruments heavily processed during live performances. Individually both Rossella and Gresson have been involved in various solo and group performances, as well as contributing to several festivals in Berlin.
Olivier Newton Johnny (minimalism, NZ/FR/DE)
… sometimes you will be screaming your heart out , sometimes you are softly whispering – often you are delicately accompanied by our electric guitar / viola noise. other times your voice is actually supporting us, and quite constantly the three of us are battling each other – no one gives way and yet everyone shares a presence. We are Olivier Newton Johnny.
Olivier di Placido: electric guitar
Harmony Molina: voice
Johnny Chang: violin
Zabo Chabilant (drone, FR)
Zabo Chabiland is a French Berlin based artist working with various mediums.
She has never been trained as a musician and uses it as an advantage to create timeless soundscapes. Her favorite instrument is the
piano board she plays with electronic massagers. Zabo will perform “Piano Coude en C Majeur” a musical composition generated by the action of falling asleep on a keyboard. She is currently doing a Sleepy Tour….
Filed under: concert | Tags: Avant, Avantgarge, Berlin, drone, Experimental, Experimental music, impro, Improvisation, noise, Underground
A new blogstar is born. Selektive Hören Archiv is an online site for documenting various elements of the live music scene in Berlin, Germany. There you will find photographs, videos and recordings from some of the small shows and events which take place every week in particular venues across the city.
Many of the artists are from outside Germany, and play in a multitude of different projects. The focus of this community is always on collaboration and improvisation, and as such many of the artists will appear numerous times in this archive as part of different ensembles. First post, about Italian noisester Torba and Japanese sound artist Tatsumi Ryusui, with pictures and an except of their live in Territorium 91. To get in touch with the blog runner, click here!
Filed under: concert | Tags: accordion, ambient, belly, Berlin, Concert, drone, DuChamp, Experimental, eXperimontag, impro, Kreuzberg, Madame Claude, Miguel Negrao, supercollider