BERLIN: Sophienkirche Will Host a Special Nurse With Wound Performance on April 28

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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 WoundSteven Stapleton, Colin Potter, and Andrew Liles, with James Hill as special guest – will play their first Berlin show since 2007 in the magnificent Sophienkirche.

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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 krautrockcabaret 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.