“A Happening…” steps outside Berlin’s concert routine to create a day full of attentiveness and collaboration. Set in Berlin’s Funkhaus, an acoustical and historical treasure, tempered with a line-up worthy of a festival stage, A Happening… will showcase the relationship between artist and architecture, space and sound, audience and musician.
In an oft-changing city, A Happening… provides the opportunity to be in and appreciate the now, while witnessing some of the finest experimental, ambient, and classical musicians collaborate with each other and the space.
Deaf Center is seemingly never of the times. Whether it’s the nostalgic component often associated with the albums Pale Ravine and Owl Splinters, or the time between releases, waiting and remembering are part of the experience. Most recent release Recount is a bridge between full albums, where time and familiarity are mesmerizingly suspended.
Recount is both a division and fusion of sound and time. Two tracks, two years, two people, two cities; ultimately, Deaf Center straddles worlds to lead to something unquantifiable and timeless.
Hildur Guðnadóttir is an Icelandic cello player, composer and singer who has been manifesting herself at the forefront of experimental pop and contemporary music (e.g. with the band múm). In her solo works she draws out a broad spectrum of sounds from her instrument, ranging from intimate simplicity to huge soundscapes.
Composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Jóhann Jóhannsson is one of Iceland’s most prolifically creative musicians, as a solo artist as well as a part of the Kitchen Motors label and collective (which also includes members of Sigur Rós, Múm, and Slowblow) and also Apparat Organ Quartet.
Gabriel Saloman is a Vancouver based musician and artist. Saloman has been performing experimental, conceptual and freely improvised music for over 15 years. He is known for his work as half of Yellow Swans, a Portland based noise group that has released over 50 recordings and toured internationally over the course of their 9 year existence. He currently performs solo under his own name. His compositions stem from investigations into temporal abstractions, conceptual sound and gestural noise.
Peter Broderick is an American born multi-instrumentalist and singer. He recorded several albums, ranging from sparse classical compositions to homemade folk music, constantly experimenting with different musical genres, and also being commissioned to write music for several films and contemporary dance works.
Berlin based guitarist and producer Martyn Heyne has steadily grown a reputation for both his own musical output and as a live musician. With Heyne’s solo material, expect a lush otherworldly sound built with ease from a single electric guitar; accompanied sometimes by drum machine and synthesizer. Progressively deepening over time, Heyne creates a hypnotic and intimate sound world out of a restricted palette.
F.S. BLUMM is a Berlin based musician whose main instrument is the acoustic guitar. He has released many solo albums in the past years, and has also collaborated and toured with a wide range of bands and musicians: He took the roles of a bass player with the Quasi Dub Development, a classical guitarist with Old Splendifolia, a songwriter with Bobby And Blumm, a sonic researcher with Nils Frahm and a manic, extrovert Dub mash-up DJ as King Hobby. What he has experienced on these musical field trips he now returns to his solo project.
Miss Kenichi was born a trucker’s daughter and grew up in a secluded small town in the woods. Listening to her parched songs makes it hard not to locate this town near a long and dusty road in Alabama, but somewhere in southern Germany.
Minimal Americana, played on an old electric guitar, Katrin Hahners husky voice will certainly send some shivers down your spine.
A Happening … w/ FS Blumm, Kenichi, Gabriel Saloman + Peter Broderick, Hildur Guðnadóttir + Jóhann Jóhannsson, Martyn Heyne, Deaf Center
Saturday, 18.07. + Sunday, 19.07.2015 | 12:00 CET
Funkhaus Berlin | Nalepastr. 18 – 50 | 12459 Berlin/Karlshorst