Rockabilly? Blues? Hip Hop? Soul? R’n’B? Country? It makes no difference to Alex Zhang Hungtai.
There’s not a genre of popular music that he hasn’t wrenched apart and put together again, deformed beyond recognition and added to his private musicology.
Since 2005, the trans-Pacific nomad from Montreal has worked under the name Dirty Beaches. He’s recorded soundtracks and monotonous “drone music” records that consist of single humming noises.
Dirty Beaches | Speedway King
But above all, he is a magnificent, perfectly eclectic historiographer of polymorphous perversity: he sweeps through music from the past as if through a landscape of ruins, to which ghosts of the future sway and murmur.
During Foreign Affairs, he will be presenting a special programme developed in Berlin, supported by good friends and freaks from all over the world, among them the illustrious Italian disco designer Bernadino Femminielli.
Dirty Beaches | Shangri-La
This, of course, is way too much – at least for a single evening. Which is why the revue will last three days. Please check the website of Foreign Affairs for the exact starting times: berlinerfestspiele.de
Alex Zhang Hungtai aka Dirty Beaches REVUE
Thursday, 04 July – Saturday, 06 July 2013 | 23:00 CET
Haus der Berliner Festspiele | Schaperstraße 24 | 10719 Berlin/Charlottenburg
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