After the success of last year’s Kiezsalon opening, we are excited to return to the Zionskirche, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Join us on Saturday, 20 May for two premieres from French composer and organist Delphine Dora and American producer Time Wharp.
The church, inaugurated in 1873, was built on a 52-metre-high vineyard and is one of the highest points in Berlin. Its 67-metre tower offers panoramic city views, and its gardens are ideal for lingering before and after the concert with a glass of wine — especially on a warm spring evening. The Zionskirche has just reopened last month after careful renovations; the Kiezsalon will be the first cultural event in the newly revamped space.
Premiering at the Kiezsalon is New York-based producer Time Wharp aka Kaye Loggins. In the review of her 2015 self-titled debut album, Pitchfork writes, “she leaves behind hyper-speed footwork beats and short and dense track fragments for a well-paced and flowing whole”. She uses chopped-up live drum patterns and mantric vocal hooks to provide rhythmic sediment, with insistent saxophones and walled up synth bliss washing in and out of the stereo field for dynamic effect – listen to her album.
French composer Delphine Dora will be presenting her intimate compositions on the Zionskirche organ. Her music displays a pure fascination with sound and straddles the lines between improvisation, modern classical, avant folk, song forms, and electro-acoustic music. After the memorable performance of Anna von Hausswolff in 2021, we look forward to experiencing another artist using a historic church organ. For a taste of what’s to come, watch Delphine play a church organ at Meakusma.
We are excited to welcome you back to the Zionskirche. Together we will build upon our fond memories of last year’s spring evening at this historical place at the border between Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg.
Kiezsalon w/ Delphine Dora and Time Wharp
Saturday, 20.5.2023 | Doors 19:00 | Starts 20:00 CET
Zionskirche | Zionskirchplatz in 10119 Berlin
The Kiezsalon is a project by Digital in Berlin. Curated by Michael Rosen and funded by Senate Department for Culture and Europa. Presented by The Wire and taz, die tageszeitung.