Kiezsalon opening w/ Christina Vantzou and John Bence at Musikbrauerei Prenzlauer Berg / Saturday, 16.04.2016
For this first event we have the elusive and of seemingly limitless imagination, John Bence and the artist, musician, and composer Christina Vantzou. Bence is rising to the surface. From a family background rich in classical pedigree and firmly embedded in Bristol’s forward-facing electronic music culture, Bence has pooled a breadth of influence scarcely credible for a composer only entering his second decade, and now he is starting to put his inspiration into live and recorded motion.
As a producer he is already thinking ten steps ahead, often incorporating voice or home recorded percussion into his cyclical technique of scoring, recording, manipulating, re-scoring and re-recording in waves, creating heady, intoxicating ripples of harmony and noise.
An obscure snippet of dubplate drone under a previous moniker was enough for Nicolas Jaar, who instantly approached him about a release on his Other People label. Six months on Disquiet was released, a masterful hybrid of classical and electronic clocking in at a tantalising ten minutes. More, much more, is coming.
With a background in visual art, Vantzou ventured into music first as a video artist / animator / keyboardist as half of The Dead Texan. Later she joined Sparklehorse on a European tour, (2007) and Christina credits the introduction to Mark Linkous as a catalyst for creating her first full length album of minimal ambient post-classical music. Christina has released three albums on Kranky records.
Her work as a composer and orchestral arranger is characterized by lush layers of classical instruments, synths, vocal samples and somnambulant melodies. As a visual artist, Vantzou works in high-speed to create slow moving visual accompaniment to her music.
From April until October 2016 the Kiezsalon will once again offer a forum for innovative musical activity beyond genre boundaries and provide a meeting point for friends as well as loners, conversation and party, lovers and those who are just curious. As an interface between pop music and avantgarde the series presents compact performances by artists from diverse genres, origin and popularity – initiated by Digital in Berlin and taking place at one of the last authentic locations in Prenzlauer Berg, the 120 year old Schneider Brewery.
Christina Vantzou (BEL) LIVE | Kranky
John Bence (UK) LIVE | Other People
Saturday, 16th April 2016 | Door 20:00 CET | Start 21:00 CET
Musikbrauerei | Greifswalder Strasse 23a | 10407 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg