After the successful first collaboration in the last year, Denovali and UM:LAUT once again team up to present renowned acts as well as young and upcoming representatives of experimental music at Radialsystem in April.
Far beyond musical mainstream, the independent label Denovali has made its mark in the last couple of years with unique and ambitious releases of numerous artists. Rather than publishing music easily assignable to prevalent genre classifications, the work of the label focuses on artists crossing musical boundaries in fields such as experimental, ambient, dark jazz, electronica, jazz as far as new and classical music. With a similarly diversified approach, Denovali has curated and organised the “Swingfest – Experimental Music Festival” in Essen, which has become famous all over Europe since its premiere in 2007. This year, the festival comes to Berlin and London already for the second time. We are happy to work together with the great people of Denovali again and present two days with numerous artists of the label’s roster as well as further international acts, thereby covering a wide range of experimental music.
Denovali Swingfest | 25 April | Radialsystem Berlin
Murcof | Greg Haines | Piano Interrupted | Origamibiro
Denovali Swingfest | 26 April | Radialsystem Berlin
Oneohtrix Point Never | Brandt Brauer Frick | Skalpel
Sankt Otten | Talvihorros | John Lemke
With Murcof, one of the pioneers of the avantgarde scene in Mexico can be experienced live on the first night – with his minimalist ambient which fuses drones, techno and classical music, he is considered “one of the most renowned producers of abstract electronic music” (Spex). The British composer and producer Greg Haines presents his acclaimed album “Where We Were”, on which he departs from his classically inspired chamber music and experiments with analogue synthesizers, percussions and atmospherical soundscapes. Having recently released their second album, Piano Interrupted, who celebrated their Germany debut on the stage of UM:LAUT in December 2012, explore the range between classical minimalism and clubby electronica with computer and piano. With Origamibiro, the audiovisual trio project around the musician and composer Tom Hill can be experienced live for the first time in Germany.
On the second night, Oneohtrix Point Never, an artist who released one of the most remarkable experimental electronic albums of the preceding year on the legendary label Warp with “R Plus Seven”, can be experienced live on stage. The American, whose sound installations were exhibited at New York’s MoMA and who recently created the music to Sofia Coppola’s film “The Bling Ring”, has become one of the stars of the international IDM scene with his abstract, unconventional and innovative sound. As hardly another formation, Brandt Brauer Frick stand for the fusion of danceable electronica and hand-made music. For their multilayered sound between techno and jazz, the Berliners do not only work with synthesizers and samplers but also with classical instruments like piano, violin, cello, trombone, tuba, and harp – the performances with their ten-person ensemble have been celebrated worldwide. At Swingfest Berlin, Brandt Brauer Frick return to their original core as trio with live drums and their deep, minimalist grooves. Ten years after their debut on the label Ninja Tune, the Polish nu jazz duo Skalpel presents one of their rare live sets at Radialsystem. With Sankt Otten, we are happy to announce another exciting Denovali act joining the line-up – we are looking forward to the duo’s atmospheric music with influences from ambient to trip hop to the 70s Berlin School sound. Beyond this, the programme of the second night comprises Talvihorros‘ atmospherical soundscapes betweeen ambient and noise as well as the cinematic compositions of the Glasgow-based sound designer John Lemke.