Kiezsalon w/ Svitlana Nianio, Romarna Campbell and Atsuko Hatano at Musikbrauerei | Friday, 04.10.2024

This weekend edition of Kiezsalon returns to our familiar stomping grounds, the Musikbrauerei. Friday’s lineup features the Berlin debuts of art-folk-pop veteran Svitlana Nianio, jazz drummer Romarna Campbell and string enthusiast Atsuko Hatano, plus a DJ set by techno storyteller Shed. Saturday continues with Anna Mieke, Muireann Bradley and Conor.

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Svitlana Nianio, a musician from the Kiev underground scene, emerged with her first group Cukor Bela Smert in the late 80s. Her 1999 solo debut Kytytsi melded modern and mediaeval influences, evoking a folk essence. Rooted in primaeval myths, her music intertwines temporal and otherworldly dimensions, embodying magic realism. Nianio experienced a resurgence in the 2010s, leading to reissues of her albums and a return to performing as well as the release of new material. The “lost” album Transilvania Smile appeared last year, described by HHV Mag as “art folk pop” that is “wonderfully produced” and “amazingly zeitgeisty considering that it is almost 30 years old.”

Romarna Campbell hails from Birmingham, UK, with roots that stretch back to the Caribbean. The nomadic spirit of this adept drummer, producer and composer lives in her jazz and hip-hop-infused music. After releasing her debut single “Inherently Political,” Jamz Supernova featured her as ‘New Name of the Week.’ She followed up with the project 25 Songs for My 25th Birthday, a kaleidoscopic string of songs issued over the course of 2020-2021. Having honed her craft studying with Berklee College of Music, Tomorrow’s Warriors and the Notebenders, Romarna is standing on the shoulders of giants and beating a path forward that is very much her own.

Atsuko Hatano is an experimental string player, composer and improvisational live musician based in Tokyo. Live and in the studio, she constructs innovative multi-layered electronica, mainly using a five-string viola, pedals and Max/MSP. Over the past several years, Atsuko has released a trio of solo albums on Important Records and a joint LP with Midori Hirano. She also leads the collaborative project Triola, last seen in 2023 with the album Scapegoat, featuring contributions from the likes of Jim O’Rourke and Eiko Ishibashi.

Shed, one of the many monikers of René Pawlowitz, stands as a distinguished figure in techno/house music. Originating from Frankfurt, René relocated to Berlin in 2002, where he began releasing on his own label Soloaction Records as well as Ostgut Ton and 50Weapons. In his DJ sets and live performances, Shed merges rough dance floor skeletons with detailed melodies, harmonic structures and airy arrangements for an evocative performance that echo in the subconscious long after they end.

We are always happy to be back at the 120-year-old building of the Musikbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg. Tucked away between Greifswalder Straße and Volkspark Friedrichshain, the former Schneider brewery is a rare building in former East Berlin for having survived, unspoiled, the creeping tide of gentrification. As we usually sell out, we recommend booking tickets in advance.

Kiezsalon w/ Svitlana Nianio, Romarna Campbell, Atsuko Hatano and Shed (DJ)

Friday, 04.10.2024 | Doors 20:00 / Starts 21:00 CET
Musikbrauerei | Greifswalder Strasse 23A in 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
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The Kiezsalon is a project by Digital in Berlin. Curated by Michael Rosen and funded by Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. Presented by The Wire and taz, die tageszeitung.
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