Miguel Noya and Finlay Shakespeare
Wednesday, 29th July 2020
Miguel Noya is a Venezuelan composer and live electronic music pioneer whose work swings from cosmic electronic experimentation to techno. Influenced by ‘70s synthesizer music, his landmark album ‘Gran Sabana’, released independently in 1984, is most reminiscent of Kraftwerk and space synth.
Finlay Shakespeare is an English musician whose edgy synth pop and art-rock music is an homage to the likes of Depeche Mode and the Human League, melded into Talking Heads style art-pop records, like his 2019 debut ‘Domestic Economy’. After an array of releases under the moniker Future Image, Shakespeare decided to move away from the IDM sound of his previous work, bringing in vocals and a decidedly more pop edge.
Summer special at Kunsthaus Dahlem with Ashraf Sharif & Viktor Marek, Clara Hill, Carolina Eyck and L.A. Salami Saturday, 29th August 2020
Our special Summer Kiezsalon (im Exil) at Kunsthaus Dahlem. Four concerts, including three record release shows, featuring legendary sitarist Ashraf Sharif Khan from Pakistan performing with Viktor Marek of Hamburg’s Golden Pudel Club, Berlin’s singer-songwriter Clara Hill, German-Sorbian theremin and voice musician Carolina Eyck, and UK lyricist and musician, L.A. Salami.
Summer special at Haus der Kulturen der Welt with Laurel Halo and Julia Reidy Wednesday, 16th September 2020
Our first open-air Kiezsalon on the beautiful HKW roof top terrace. During sunset and with electronic music virtuoso Laurel Halo (Hyperdub/Honest Jon’s) and Berlin based Australian experimental guitarist Julia Reidy (Editions Mego/Black Truffle), both presenting exciting new material.
Nadja and Shida Shahabi Wednesday, 30th September 2020
Nadja is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist duo formed in 2003, now based in Berlin. They create music that has been described as ambient doom, dreamsludge, and metalgaze, combining the atmospheric textures of shoegaze and ambient music with the heaviness and volume of metal and noise.
Swedish pianist/composer Shida Shahabi is a fresh force in contemporary piano music. Her debut LP ‘Homes’ was viewed by many as one of the finest piano albums of the 21st century. She signed to FatCat Records imprint 130701 in 2018, after the label were “floored by the beauty of her album recordings.”
Bendik Giske (replacing Gigi Masin) and Floating Spectrum Wednesday, 21st October 2020
Following the release of his debut album ‘Surrender’, on Smalltown Supersound, Bendik Giske has emerged as an evocative artist and saxophonist inspired as much by electronic as by jazz. His music takes us on a journey, relatable to anyone who’s ever had a moment in a crowded room, amidst the chaos of the world surrounding them.
Floating Spectrum’s music blends synths, meditative drones, and heavily processed samples with layered environmental soundscapes. Mei-Fang Liau’s sonic journeys explore themes of growth, decay, and the contradictory place of humans within nature.
Lucrecia Dalt and Sign Libra Wednesday, 28th October 2020
Lucrecia Dalt has carved out a place at the contemporary frontiers of avant-garde and electronic music, using analogue instrumentation, a vast array of synthesizers and the processed glow of her voice. She has been remixed by William Basinski, collaborated with artists like Julia Holter and Gudrun Gut, and recently partnered with the New York label RVNG.
Sign Libra is the sigil under which Latvian composer and artist Agata Melnikova delivers her mystical, musical musings. In 2018, Melnikova debuted with her album Closer to the Equator introduced Melnikova’s penchant for impressionistic, pseudo-anthropological and intimately-synthesized environmental visions, executed with detailed and balanced arrangements.
Galya Bisengalieva and Carmen Villain Wednesday, 25th November 2020
Galya Bisengalieva is an award-winning Kazakh/British violinist. She has forged her reputation as a soloist, improviser and collaborator with artists and composers of varied genres including Laurie Spiegel, Thom Yorke, Frank Ocean and Suzanne Ciani through her leadership role at the London Contemporary Orchestra.
Norwegian-Mexican artist and producer Carmen Villain makes atmospheric music made up of tapestries of field-recordings, an array of instruments, vocals, programmed drums and synths, culminating in her own distinctive sound combining elements of ambient and experimental pop with an electro-acoustic touch. She is currently releasing on widely-respected independent Norwegian label Smalltown Supersound.