Bonobo LIVE at Columbiahalle / Thursday, 16.02.2017

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Simon Green aka Bonobo is back with his 6th album – the masterful, magisterial ‘Migration’ – a record which cements his place in the highest echelons of electronic music and beyond. By turns lush, manic, beautiful, melancholy, joyful, packed with both emotion and technical skill, it is perhaps his most ambitious attempt yet to capture the very textures of human existence: Green says of its broad dynamics, “Life has highs, lows, loud and quiet moments, beautiful ones and ugly ones. Music is a reflection of life.”

Bonobo’s last album, ‘The North Borders’, went Top 30 in the UK and was number 1 in the electronic charts in both the US and UK. In support, his 12-piece collective played 175 shows across 4 continents and 30 countries, wowing an audience of 2 million people. Songkick reckoned him one of the most travelled artists on the planet that year. The tour included two sell outs at the Sydney Opera House, a festival at the Roundhouse culminating in a soldout show at Alexandra Palace, plus several high profile festival slots.

Over the course of five albums for the legendary label Ninja Tune, a myriad of tours, singles, remixes and production work for other artists, Bonobo has built a large, loyal and engaged global fan base: over half a million album sales and over 150 million streams on Spotify point to the levels of success achieved by this quiet, self-effacing man. Most recently, Bonobo curated an international series of Outlier events including a sold out festival at Tobacco Dock in London and further parties in Berlin, Madrid, Paris, and New York.

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After the epic North Borders tour, Bonobo relocated once again, continuing his gradual move westward by laying down roots in Los Angeles. He had spent almost three years out on the road with no fixed home and on returning to New York, he found it a “noisy, stressful environment” and decided to try the other coast. All this – both the monumental live and DJ tours and his new home in a city full of people from somewhere else – has fed into what makes ‘Migration’ such a special record.

Drawing on both a new interest in found-sound and the “euphoric, spiritual moments” he experienced when playing his all-night DJ sets at his Output residency in New York and his Outlier events around the world, Green has placed the unstable, the heartbreaking, the often beautiful migratory life at the core of how he understands humanity, and hence how he understands music.

Migration is to him, “The study of people and spaces,” he expands, “It’s interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and effect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of new places evolve.” It’s also true that the person will be changed. Green’s newest work is itself a statement of this change and growth.

‘Migration’ will be released on 13th January 2017. Pre-order it now at bonobomusic.com.

Bonobo LIVE

Thursday, 16th February 2017 | 19:00 CET
Columbiahalle | Columbiadamm 13-21 | 10965 Berlin/Tempelhoff

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