Kiezsalon w/ Christina Vantzou and John Bence at Musikbrauerei Prenzlauer Berg / Saturday, 16.04.2016

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For this first event we have the elusive and of seemingly limitless imagination, John Bence and the artist, musician, and composer Christina Vantzou. Bence is rising to the surface. From a family background rich in classical pedigree and firmly embedded in Bristol’s forward-facing electronic music culture, Bence has pooled a breadth of influence scarcely credible for a composer only entering his second decade, and now he is starting to put his inspiration into live and recorded motion.

As a producer he is already thinking ten steps ahead, often incorporating voice or home recorded percussion into his cyclical technique of scoring, recording, manipulating, re-scoring and re-recording in waves, creating heady, intoxicating ripples of harmony and noise.

An obscure snippet of dubplate drone under a previous moniker was enough for Nicolas Jaar, who instantly approached him about a release on his Other People label. Six months on Disquiet was released, a masterful hybrid of classical and electronic clocking in at a tantalising ten minutes. More, much more, is coming.

With a background in visual art, Vantzou ventured into music first as a video artist / animator / keyboardist as half of The Dead Texan.  Later she joined Sparklehorse on a European tour, (2007) and Christina credits the introduction to Mark Linkous as a catalyst for creating her first full length album of minimal ambient post-classical music.  Christina has released three albums on Kranky records.

Her work as a composer and orchestral arranger is characterized by lush layers of classical instruments, synths, vocal samples and somnambulant melodies.  As a visual artist, Vantzou works in high-speed to create slow moving visual accompaniment to her music.

Christina Vantzou (BEL) | Kranky
John Bence (UK) | Other People

Saturday, 16th April 2016 | Door 20:00 | Start 21:00 CET
Musikbrauerei | Greifswalder Strasse 23a | 10407 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg

christinavantzou.com | soundcloud.com/johnbence | kiezsalon.de | Event @ Facebook

Picture by Roland Owsnitzki
The Kiezsalon is curated by Michael Rosen and funded by Musicboard Berlin.
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