Imago & Colin M. Hacklander + Shahzad Ismaily & Francesco Donadello @ NK Berlin | Wednesday, 07.05.2014

Imago (Gyda Valtýsdóttir & Shahzad Ismaily) is a funambulist between contradictions, holding hands with both sides of the moon, a wild verdure who found its way through the labyrinth of higher education & double mastered from the academy of classical music in switzerland, a feathered fledgling who dives among the abyssal luminescence, an asymmetrical geometry, an organized chaos, a target missed perfectly.

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Gyda Valtýsdóttir is an Icelandic composer, cellist and songwriter, a founding member of Icelandic band múm and also plays with Josephine Foster. Armed with cello & bow she´ll be taking her own approach to contemporary music by such as George Crumb, Olivier Messiaen & Harry Partch entwined with her own songs and improvisation. She´ll be guided and lit by Shahzad Ismaily a multidimensional musician and sound magician.

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Shahzad Ismaily is a self taught bass player and drummer, who shares a traveling home. He has produced, recorded and otherwise collaborated with a wide range of artists and musicians including Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Marc Ribot, Yoko Ono and Bonnie Prince Billy. He has also composed music for film, dance and theatre. An improviser at heart, he’s currently re-discovering reading as an all consuming fire escape, via “The Tranposed Heads” by Thomas Mann.

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Shahzad Ismaily and Colin M. Hacklander met in Senegal in 2012 playing drums together with Deggi Daaj. They meet again on stage tonight for the first time since Africa.

(mostly) Self-taught drummer & composer Colin M. Hacklander has performed in Russia, Senegal, and throughout Europe & North America with new duo Hacklander/Hatam (BER), Capillary Action (NYC), The Observatory (SP), Deggi Daaj (SEN), solo and more. Studied electronic music at the Institute of Sonology in Den Haag where he organized concerts at Bunker Record’s famed Dystopia. He is currently co-director of NK PROJEKT, a non-commercial space for the avant-garde, experimentation & criticism in Berlin.

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Colin has worked with Scottish composer James Dillon, Senegalese sabar legend Doudou N’diaye Rose, Jeri-Jeri (SEN), toured with Charles Hayward of This Heat, shared bills with Mika Vainio, Deerhoof, Endangered Blood; performed at CTM 2014, Primavera Sound, Incubate Festival, Willisau Jazz Festival, Cafe Oto, le Poisson Rouge and Berghain. Has performed 20th century percussion pieces by Xenakis & Stockhausen. New projects include drumming in The Owen Roberts Ensemble, Lolita Terrorist Sounds & with Martin Maischein with support from the Berlin Music Board.

Francesco Donadello will suport the show solo with his modular synth. Born in Padova in 1979, the musician and sound engineer is living in Berlin for more than 2 years now. As an Italian, he likes good food and coffee. He has been working with Dustin O’Halloran on the soundtracks for “An American Affair” and “Like Crazy”.


Imago (Gyda Valtýsdóttir & Shahzad Ismaily) & Colin M. Hacklander + Shahzad Ismaily & Francesco Donadello LIVE

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 | 21:00 CET
NK | Elsenstr. 52/ 2nd rear building/ 2nd floor | 12059 Berlin Neukölln

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