The second Kiezsalon special in August will see three concerts and a DJ set surrounded by the dramatic industrial landscape of MaHalla in Oberschöneweide. The colossal 3000 qm brick and steel turbine hall is part of the oldest, listed three-phase power plant in Germany. We are happy to have added Polish multi-instrumentalist composer Waclaw Zimpel to the line-up. Unfortunately, due to travel restrictions, Amanar will no longer perform at this event.
Thomas Ankersmit is a musician and sound artist based in Berlin and Amsterdam. He plays the Serge Modular synthesizer, both live and in the studio, and collaborates with artists like Phill Niblock and Valerio Tricoli.
His music is released on the Shelter Press, PAN, and Touch labels, and combines intricate sonic detail and raw electric power, with a very physical and spatial experience of sound. Acoustic phenomena such as infrasound and otoacoustic emissions (sounds emanating from inside the head, generated by the ears themselves) play an important role in his work, as does a deliberate, creative misuse of the equipment.
Hüma Utku, a Berlin based İstanbulite, is an electronic music composer and sound artist. Utku combines her musical practice with her academic studies in psychology through her works drawing inspiration from human condition, psychology and folklore. With an overall disregard for genres, she utilises melody and sound as tools for storytelling. Her 2018 release Şeb-i Yelda EP and her 2019 debut album Gnosis, via Karlrecords, earned Utku recognition for her unique approach of storytelling through electronic music. Utku has been selected as a SHAPE 2021 artist.
Waclaw Zimpel made a name for himself playing free jazz with international leaders, first gaining traction from within the of the Polish new jazz scene; his versatility led him to naturally explore musical traditions like minimalism, Indian & Moroccan gnawa. Zimpel’s works continue to excavate the use of analogue electronic instruments and ultimately swapping jazz clubs for key electronic music festivals.
Baby Vulture will be our first DJ of 2021. Born in Mexico, Huerta is a Berlin based artist whose work oscillates between performance art, sound design, and multimedia projects.
MaHalla is located in the middle of the historic industrial area southeast of Berlin and was the inspiration for Fritz Lang’s iconic masterpiece ‘Metropolis’. These days, it is home to numerous artists and cultural workers, and for one Autumn evening, it will be home to our Kiezsalon.
As part of our safety first policy, tickets are only available online. There is no box office or guest list.
Last season, our shows sold out quickly, so we recommend securing your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Do not buy second-hand tickets from strangers – there are scammers around. As part of our safety first policy, tickets are only available online. There is no box office or guest list. Due to the pandemic, changes may be made at short notice. In the event of any changes, we will inform you by E-Mail. Please be aware that format of the event and venue arrangements have been adapted to maximize safety, and we have created a strict Kiezsalon hygiene and safety policy.
Kiezsalon w/ Thomas Ankersmit, Hüma Utku and Waclaw Zimpel @ MaHalla
Saturday, 28 August 2021 | Doors 18:00 | Start 19:00 CET
MaHalla | Wilhelminenhofstraße 76 in 12459 Berlin-Oberschöneweide
The Kiezsalon has offered a forum for innovative musical activity beyond genre boundaries. As an interface between avant-garde, advanced pop music and interdisciplinary art, the series presents compact shows of 30 minutes by artists of diverse genres, origin and status.
Photo © MaHalla GmbH Co. KG