The Brother Moves On is a music, installation and performance art collective that embraces the multi-aesthetic, multi-disciplinary concept of a collective happening to new spaces and places. Their “Do it Yourself” consciousness has niched an aspect of the South African live music and art community by “re-challenging hip hop’s five pillars (MCing, DJaying, B-boying, Graffiti and Knowledge of Self) into a conceptechnic performance art project that incorporates historical, political and sociological perspectives”, as described by Pan African Space Station.
The collective began as a self-proclaimed art movement mainly of graphic and fine artists and since began incorporating instrumentalists for the live performance environment. The name the Brother Moves On is a grammatical misconfiguration of The Brother Mouzone, a fictional character in the American Drama television series “The Wire”. In their emerging stages the movement interrogated the notion that members were each an impermanent part of the process thus the derivation of the name The Brother Moves On.
Jarvis Cocker, British pop legend and frontman of Pulp, is a remarkable storyteller – and in recent years has gained cult status as a radio personality on the BBC. In 2012 he began to host the award-winning late night radio series “Wireless Nights” on BBC Radio 4. Since then, Jarvis has been collecting nocturnal stories and characters – “to investigate the human condition after dark”.
In his exploration of the subconscious – unknown and obscure – music obviously plays a large part, as do historical sound recordings. At the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, he will tell stories featuring characters from Bach to Nixon, sing songs and venture into the classical repertoire with Junges Sinfonieorchester Berlin, seeing us through the twilight hours into the deepest darkness of the night.
Islam Chipsy from Egypt and his band EEK, augmented by percussionists Khaled Mando and Mahmoud Refat, play ecstatic rhythms that will inspire the audience to collective muscle-movement. The sound developed by the keyboard virtuoso and his two companions originates in “electro chaabi” – a genre that comes from the poorer suburbs of Cairo and combines elements of popular Egyptian wedding music with electro sounds, mixing them into an unconventional and highly danceable style.
“When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day” (Sub Pop), the latest album by Ethiopian-Finnish musician Mirel Wagner, has a decidedly sombre feel to it. Her minimalist folk with a dark aspect draws on a wide emotional spectrum, touching both on blues music and the fragility of pop. On 16 July, Mirel Wagner will enchant the audience of Foreign Affairs.
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Foreign Affairs: “Uncertainty” w/ Jarvis Cocker, The Brother Moves On, Islam Chipsy and Mirel Wagner
Saturday, 09th July – Saturday, 16th July 2016
Haus der Berliner Festspiele | Schaperstraße 24 | 10719 Berlin/Charlottenburg