For the series “CC No. 2 – Craving Coincidence”, ausland invited six musicians to curate a 2-day mini festival each. Crossing the lines between the seemingly artificial and what we’re used to call the organic, between residuals of worldly sound and cool drafts of thought and contemplation in her own music, Swedish-Finnish composer and sound artist Marja Ahti put together the programme for this very 5th edition. Everybody’s invited over for two nights of improvised and composed music, sound art and genre-bending electronic endeavours.
Marja Ahti is a Swedish-Finnish composer and sound artist based in Turku, Finland. Ahti works with field recordings and other acoustic sound material combined with synthesizers and electronic feedback in order to find the space where these sounds start to communicate. She makes music that rides on waves of slowly warping harmonies and mutating textures – rough edged, yet precise compositions, rich in detail.
Ahti has presented her music in many different contexts around Europe, in Japan and the United States. She is currently active in the duo Ahti & Ahti with her partner Niko-Matti Ahti and in the artist/organizer collective Himera. Her recent releases comprise “Still Lives” (Students od Decay, 2021) and “The Current Inside” (Hallow Ground, 2020).
The first night on the Friday opens with a concert by Judith Hamann and James Rushford who’ll present a new, yet untitled composition for portative organ, cello and electronic playback – followed by a duo set of Niko-Matti Ahti and Topias Tiheäsalo. They’re coming to Berlin from Turku together with curator Marja Ahti, who’ll close the night with her solo concert.
The programme continues on Saturday, when Catherine Lamb (viola) and Lucy Railton (cello) perform Cat Lamb’s new composition in progress, “The Additive Arrow”. In the second part of the night, “First Snow” closes with crys cole (electronics) and her piece “a piece of work”.
First Snow – Marja Ahti & Guests | CC No. 2 – Craving Coincidence
3. & 4.2.2022 | Doors 19:30 CET | Starts 20:00 CET
WABE | Danziger Strasse 101 in 10405 Berlin