Kiezsalon w/ Thomas Ankersmit, Hüma Utku and Waclaw Zimpel at MaHalla / Saturday, 28.08.2021 by Roland Owsnitzki
Kiezsalon w/ Thomas Ankersmit, Hüma Utku and Waclaw Zimpel at MaHalla / Saturday, 28.08.2021 by Roland Owsnitzki

Kiezsalon w/ Microcorps, Maja Ratkje, Dylan Peirce and LOUFR at MaHalla / Saturday, 27.08.2022

After the sold out Kiezsalon last year at the iconic former industrial hall MaHalla, we are extremely happy to return again in 2022. This impressively vast turbine hall is a quintessentially Berlin venue located in Oberschöneweide in the district of Treptow-Köpenick. Our summer season continues on Saturday, 27 August with Alexander Tucker’s new project Microcorps, and Norwegian vocalist Maja S. K. Ratkje, as well as the first two artists of the new Digital in Berlin record label, Dylan Peirce and LOUFR, premiering their upcoming releases. Read and listen at our new shop.

Once part of AEG, this impressive 3000 square metre space has a 12-metre ceiling and is Germany’s oldest listed three-phase power plant; the historical patina is visible throughout. Check out some photos of it from previous concerts here.

Londoner Alex Tucker’s new project Microcorps explores electronics, cello and voice, blurring the lines between human and humanoid as he investigates how language can alter perception. His debut album as Microcorps, XMIT, is ”an entire universe inhabited by strange figures, part human and part machine“ (The Quietus).

Norwegian vocalist Maja S. K. Ratkje is no stranger to our followers; her performance at the 2017 MADEIRADiG festival was a highlight for Germany’s Rolling Stone Magazine (as was the festival itself—read for yourself here). Her incredibly diverse vocal and composition talents have won her the coveted Edvard Prize (Norway), as well as honours from UNESCO and the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.

Pindrops is the first album by the Berlin-based artist Dylan Peirce. Following a sculptural approach, Peirce lets small sound events mutate into densely layered soundscapes and elaborate, rhythmic compositions. This album not only gradually shifts our perception, but also radically calls it into question.

Dylan Peirce is a multidisciplinary artist who works in the field of sound, experimental photography, sculpture, video and installation. He has taught sound and installation at the UdK Berlin since 2018 and has been one half of the artist duo Astali/Peirce since 2000. His work has been exhibited internationally at exhibitions like Rennes-Biennial for Contemporary Art (FR), KW Berlin (DE), DeVleeshal Middelburg (NL) and more.

isolated point is the second album by Piotr Bednarczyk under his LOUFR moniker. Drawing on elements from club music, IDM, and noise as well as vocal manipulation, Bednarczyk injects everything that feels safe and homely with an eerie atmosphere. It’s an ambiguous album—a product and an expression of the process of confronting thought as sound.

­­His music is focused mainly on instrumental electroacoustic and electronic music. In his work, he focuses on searching for interesting sound structures using unconventional sound extraction techniques and vocal processing. LOUFR’s stylistic interests revolve around the aesthetics of noise, deconstructed club and hyperpop music.

He completed composition at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. He is currently a student of medicine in Warsaw. As a composer, he has collaborated with ensembles like Ensemble Adapter, Garage Ensemble, Twenty Fingers Duo, Ensemble Kompopolex, Ensemble Synaesthesis, Black Page Ensembles and others.

Kiezsalon w/ Microcorps, Maja Ratkje, Dylan Peirce and LOUFR

MaHalla | Wilhelminenhofstraße 76 in 12459 Berlin Oberschöneweide
Doors 18:00 | Start 18:30 CET

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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.
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.
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