Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Jan Jelinek at Funkhaus Berlin / Monday, 20.11.2017
A fantastic double bill at the Funkhaus this November with Buchla Aficionado Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and local loop master Jan Jelinek both performing live electronic sets.
In 2017, the musical term “electronic” is nearly obsolete given the ubiquity of computerized processes in producing music. Even so, the prevailing assumption is that musicians working under this broad umbrella must be inspired by concepts equally as electrified as their equipment. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has demonstrated in her still-blooming discography that this notion couldn’t be further from the truth, and that more often than not, rich worlds of synthesized sound are born from deep reverence of the natural world.
Smith (who by no coincidence, cites naturalist David Attenborough as a contemporary muse) has embodied such an appreciation on The Kid in as direct and sincere a way as possible by sonically charting the phases of life itself. The album, which punctually follows up her 2016 breakthrough EARS, chronicles four defining cognitive and emotional stages of the human lifespan across four sides of a double LP.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith belongs to an ilk of modern musicians who are defined by their commitment to creating experiential albums despite the singles-oriented habits of modern listeners, and here she represents her kind proudly. The subjects on The Kid are not simple to convey, and yet through both emotional tone and lyrical content, Smith does just that. There is a similar gravity to both birth and death, and rarely is that correlation as accurately and enthusiastically mapped as it is here. As Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith explores her existence through music, she guides us in gleefully contemplating our own.
Jan Jelinek can easily be described as one of Berlins most interesting pioneers of electronic music. His career is a continuous metamorphosis of identities, concepts and styles making it extremely exciting to follow his prolific output under monikers such as Farben, Gramm, Ursula Bogner or his own name.
Faitiche is delighted to present a long-lost vinyl album: for the last 14 years, Jan Jelinek’s Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records, originally released in 2001 on ~scape, existed only as a download. Now the album is available again on vinyl, as a double LP with two bonus tracks (B-sides from the Tendency EP, 2000).
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Jan Jelinek LIVE
Monday, 20.11.2017 / Doors 18:30 CET | Starts 20:30 CET
Funkhaus Berlin | Nalepastrasse 18 | 12459 Berlin