Curator and producer Manuela Benetton announces a new series of events in the unusual and all-enveloping setting of various Berlin churches, which will explore the power of experimental electronic music to generate a sense of connectivity between listeners and performers.
After the rare live appearance of Japanese improv collective Marginal Consort at St. Elisabeth-Kirche in June 2016 (in collaboration with PAN), and that of American minimalist Terry Riley with his son Gyan at Zionskirche last September (co-presented with Rabih Beaini’s Morphine Records), the series continues with two special shows in 2017.
On April 28th, avant-garde music legends Nurse With Wound – Steven Stapleton, Colin Potter, and Andrew Liles, with James Hill as special guest – will play their first Berlin show since 2007 in the magnificent Sophienkirche.
Nurse With Wound have worked at the cutting-edge of meditative drone and ambient music for forty years. Their unique vision, influenced as much by Dada and Surrealism as by krautrock, cabaret and pop, has been fervently carried through a vast catalogue of releases, and they continue to break visual and sonic horizons.
Nurse With Wound’s live performances consolidate all aspects of their practice into an ever-evolving experience, which is kept in flux by featuring an array of different guest musicians. Each live performance acts as a rehearsal for the next: no two shows are ever the same.
On May 31st, in the immersive setting of St. Elisabeth-Kirche, electronic noise maestro Merzbow joins forces with free improvisation pioneer Keiji Haino and long-time collaborator, the drummer Balázs Pándi, for their first ever concert in Germany. The fearsome threesome, who recently released the album An Untroublesome Defencelessness (Rare Noise Records), promise a bizarre, humorous, and disorienting live show. Merzbow’s electronic swirls, scrapes, flickers, and vacuum-like chunks of sound enhance and open up dialogues between Pandi and Haino, who lock into an experimental and excessive duel. A special collaboration between Heith (Haunter Records) and Jesse Osborne-Lanthier (Raster Noton) will open the evening.
The show is presented in collaboration with the Milanese Macao collective as a preview of Saturnalia Festival, which will take place in Milan on June 17th–18th, and in association with The Wire, celebrating 400 issues of the magazine.
A subsequent event will take place in September featuring the first collaborative project between Pan Daijing, Valerio Tricoli (PAN) and Werner Dafeldecker, and a performance by Argentine acousmatic musician Beatriz Ferreyra.