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6th UMLAUT Festival für gegenwärtige Musik at Ausland Berlin / Thursday, 30.10. – Saturday, 01.11.2014

UMLAUT Berlin presents the 6th UMLAUT Festival für gegenwärtige Musik. The program covers a wide range of contemporary and experimental music from Berlin and beyond.

New pieces by Florian Bergmann, Liz Allbee & Sukandar Kartadinata, “Vermulscht” and Joel Grip & Takako Suzuki make use of projections, sound installation and dance to go beyond the limits of regular concert performance.

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“Die Hochstapler” present a newly delevoped set based on games and rules of communication. More bordercrossing and genrebending music by “The Still”, Chino Shiuchi, Tobias Delius & Christian Lillinger and the London based trio lll人.

Pierre Borel (saxophone/fieldrecordings), Léa Lanoë (video) and Paul Roth (saxophone/voice/fieldrecordings) aka Vermulscht are a haphazard trio who uses video projections, field recordings, laptops, objects, saxophones, and spoken texts … most of which they collect during their trips through the universe.


In putting them together, improvising with them, they deconstruct the narrative of the subjective traveler’s memory in an incongruous collage-type style that creates bizarre combinations of sound and sight.

Tobias Delius & Christian Lillinger: The sheer enthusiasm generated by Lillinger and Delius has been the driving force behind different bands in the Berlin Jazz and Improv scenes. Since 2011 these two one-of-a-kind musicians can be heard as a duo. In their free improvised excursions they keep surprising each other, exploring some landscapes patiently, while flying across others in racing speed.

Delius & Lillinger

Ganzfeld is a guerilla audio spatialization unit featuring hacked multi-channel trumpet and bass guitar. Utilizing adhesive transducer speakers, Ganzfeld aims to activate the unique resonant surfaces of each performance space.

Windows, doors, stairs, walls, chairs, vans, buses, boxes, insides, outsides, ups and downs. Ganzfeld is Liz Allbee and Sukandar Kartadinata.


„Sonic Essence“ is a project of the composer and improvisor Florian Bergmann, which is about the sonic essence of every day objects made musically available by computer samples. Together with the french artist Elma Riza he presents the inter medial work „paysages façonnés“, a composition for photo projections and audio playback.

They abstract the surfaces of well-known every-day objects in an artistic way and built audio-visual landscapes from them. Thus, new and unfamiliar perspectives arise which encourage us to question our own perception and our habits and to reinterpret them.

Sonic Essence

The Still: “What do Neil Young, Malcolm Young and Lester Young have in common? They all were huge fans of and heavily influenced by The Still. Originally formed in 1964 in the deserts of Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, The Still’s revolutionary minimalist style of reducing music to it’s purest until left with raw, palpable emotion brought them adoration far beyond cult status among the band’s fans and peers and led to pianist Glenn Gould’s famous and often repeated quote.

“The Still is the essence of music”. It is believed that the release of the The Still’s first album led to a substantial growth in world population. In the last four decades the band was the inspiration of other musical milestones such as Whitesnake’s “In The Still Of The Night”, the Scorpions’ “Still loving You” as well as John Cage’s “4’33″.


The work of the Italian-French-German quartet “Die Hochstapler” (The Impostors) is based on questions of language and communication. Refraining from any use of notation, rules and strategies developed out of poetry, card games, alphabets and other sources of inspiration form the grammar for the hochstaplerish discourse.

Four independent voices, free to suggest, pretend, agree, disagree or ignore at any time of the game, collectively build up a rhetoric, full of hints and references, playful and ever changing. Die Hochstapler have played in a number of festivals and places all over Europe. Their 2CD set “The Braxtornette Project” has been released on UMLAUT Records to much critical acclaim.

Die Hochstapler

Joel Grip & Takako Suzuki: A building torn down, and built up again. A sound crossing the floor. The improvisation tackles the ongoing. Making it halt. Architectory, bodily. The presence, astonished by it’s repositioning. To lumber, and, the lumber. Transformation of ideas attached to objects. Takako and Joel move inside the sound and sound inside the movement.

lll人 (Paul Abbot – drums, Seymour Wright – saxophone, Daichi Yoshikawa – electronics): Akilsakilan learning, Doughnut. Finding, twisting and hammering out an expanding musical universe balanced only by its own logics – lll人 have few obvious comparisons. Their performances are consistent radical negotiations of the emotional, physical and social energies of the environments they sound out.

6th UMLAUT Festival für gegenwärtige Musik

Thursday, 30th October – Saturday, 01st November 2014 | 20:00 CET
Ausland | Lychener Str. 60 | 10437 Berlin/Prenzlauer Berg

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