a Morphine Records Showcase across 2 evenings at Berghain, an intense marathon of 18 performances in the odd and unconventional Morphine fashion.
Supported by Musikfonds e.V.
Gefördert vom Musikfonds e.V. mit Projektmitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.
Thursday October 10th 2019 8pm-2am:
A nonconformist rapper and beat maker from Tokyo, MA evolved into a more noise and experimental beat making. He blends ritualistic ancient Japanese lyrics and vocal methods, on music that he creates using also his voice or field recordings. The result is alienating, weird and haunting but at the same time so fascinating and fresh. In May 2019 MA made his first performance at Dommune in Tokyo, revealing his craft and performative side.
IRENA AND VOJTECH HAVLOVI (CZ)
Irena and Vojtěch are a husband-and-wife duo, who were able to develop what since the early 80s had been a very unorthodox approach to both historical and modern compositional techniques and interpretive procedures in classical and renaissance music. Throughout this development they traveled to north India in the Rajasthan to explore Raga practices and make recordings leading them to unfold a unique sound and method, unclassifiable repetitive and spiritual music. With a legacy of more than 20 albums, the Havlovis are currently recording a new album for Morphine Records, planned for early 2020.
MARTA DE PASCALIS (IT/BER)
Marta De Pascalis is an italian composer living and working in Berlin. Her solo works employ analog synthesis and tape loops, incorporating free playing into steady, repetitive patterns. Marta creates densely layered collages of glowing melodic shards and growling bass lines, her hypnotic minimal synth figures warping and whirling around each other before dissolving into entropic oblivion.
JULIEN DESPREZ (FR)
Julien Desprez is a musician and performer based in Paris. Jazz and rock were his early musical loves but they evolved rapidly to free forms where body and space find their places through sound. As his practice progressed, his conception and approach to his instrument as well, and music and space changed. He is now considering the guitar more like a drum set, an organ, a modifiable instrument deployable at will. Through a mix of actions on the instrument and a play of foot on effect pedals, taking inspiration from the technique of Tap Dance, it completely opened the possibilities, sound and physical environment of the instrument. This results in a practice where body is engaged to its fullest.
MARIO BATKOVIC (CH)
Batkovic is an explorer the sonic possibilities of the accordion, without effects or loops, rather through a mutualist symbiotic relationship between man and instrument. Challenging, hypnotic, and minimalistic, Batkovic’s single-handed symphonic vision is certainly unique. With Morphine Records’ owner Rabih Beaini, they both participated in the soundtrack making of Red Dead Redemption, a major video game from Rockstar Games. He is signed to Invada Records (UK) as a solo accordion artist, a label founded by Geoff Barrow (Portishead).
Goat’s compositional approach started with the first formation by using their instruments outside the melodic range and focus on rhythms and structures, with the use of harmonics outside the 12-tone system. After 2 albums on HEADZ, repacked as a compilation on the notorious EM Records (JP) the band is currently recording the new album for Morphine Records. Goat embodies an overall connection between eastern and western practices, from the Japanese tradition rooted in ceremonial and spiritual content, to the dismembering process of western influences. Goat’s Album for Morphine is expected fall 2019.
THOMAS BRINKMANN (DE)
After delivering a remix for Stefan Fraunberger’s Bagatelle, Thomas Brinkmann will join us for this showcasing and will perform his notorious “Klick” for the first time in Berlin. Brinkmann is one of the most interesting electronic artists who uses turntables as instruments to reproduce or remix sounds in a way totally different than turntables are meant for. Notorious in the electronic scene for his Concept1 remake of Plastikman’s Concepts, a release considered as a turning point in the electronic music genre.
From crunchy experimental structures to groovy techno and house, dance floor oriented sets. Founder of GOAT, Hino Koshiro is becoming a key artist in the Japanese electronic music scene.
DJ DIE SOON (JP)
Spawned from the underground hip-hop scene of London, Japanese now Berlin-based DJ Die Soon casts dystopian freak beats across desolate, bleak landscapes. It’s hard, it’s disturbed; but powerful twisted imagination filtered through a SP-404.
Friday October 11th 2019 8pm-3am:
SUGAI KEN (JP)
Japanese performer and musician, his shows are related to momentum and space, he interacts with the space to recreate a ritual within which his music develops and merges into the space itself. One of Japan’s most interesting contemporary artists, he is currently working a remix for MA and he mainly releases on EM records and RVNG intl.
VINCENT MOON (FR)
Vincent moon is a long-time collaborator of Morphine Records and Rabih Beaini. His unique craft of Film shooting is a performance itself, that develops into a Live Cinema where occasionally with Rabih, and/or Priscilla Telmon, he mixes his own films and recreate the moment of a ritual or a performance. On October 11th he will mix Live a selection of the concerts he will be shooting at the Berghain the night before.
STEFAN FRAUNBERGER (AT)
The Austrian multi-instrumentalist and artist will present his latest work Quellgeister#3, the album planned in September on Morphine Records, made out of recordings of the organ of an old church in Bussed, Romania. A remake of one of his pieces by Thomas Brinkmann will be out soon.
Contagious is one of the most forward thinking, mind-melting projects to hit the electronic music scene. Intense and powerful, yet rooted in a tradition of crafting and sculpturing of in the most creative ways, all this building up within a solid structure of instant composition and improvisation. Andrea Neumann on her infamous Inside Piano, an instrument she pioneered and crafted, is applying the most creative feedback processing to simple piano strings and sending them occasionally to Mieko Suzuki’s processing rig, who also uses her own pre-recorded sounds and her skills on turntables, while Sabine Ercklentz’s trumpet sounds blast through her processing system and altogether the three musicians communicate into logics of composition and futuristic grooves.
UPPERGROUND ORCHESTRA (LB/IT)
Upperground Orchestra is the hybrid Jazz band of Rabih Beaini and his fellow musicians Tommaso Cappellato, Piero Bittolo Bon and Alvise Seggi. The band returns with a new LP named after the Colli Euganee. Euganea was recorded during the “Musica Veneta” residency, promoted by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) in the great context of Villa dei Vescovi. Working around Veneto music, the band developed pieces that merge deep roots of original fusion (tape music, electronics and synths, processing) with the free spiritual jazz sound of Upperground Orchestra. The band will have drummer Daniele De Santis joining as a new member.
Marylou is a French Berlin-based selector and painter, she has a similar approach to both practices, mixing grooves and sounds the way colours are mixed on a palette. Marylou is a researcher from library music to Dub and noise, and her Rinse Fr radio show has featured some excellent artists throughout the years.
Noise Dub producer and musician Gorgonn will deliver a special live set tailored around his upcoming material on the label.
Already a Morphine Records artist, friend and collaborator Container is a well established figure in the American Noise Scene, using Electronic Workstations, Cassettes and pedals to reinvent Noise, making it well embedded in electronica and rock, his live sessions are considered to be some of the most powerful and effective without ever falling into the obvious.
MIEKO SUZUKI (JP)
Mieko Suzuki is a Japanese DJ and sound artist who has been based in Berlin since 2007. Grounded in hauling deep bass, Mieko’s sets create a constant tension between the delicate, the raw and the daring. Mieko’s experimental approach always gives careful attention to the space and to the people. Noise and warm ambience, rhythm and industrial resonance are improvised together to submerge you in a big adventure of electronic sound.
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BERGHAIN – Am Wriezener Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin
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