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For the last round of our successful series, which has presented almost fifty artists at radialsystem since 2011, UM:LAUT has invited the globally acclaimed band múm once more to play a live score to a masterpiece of silent film. Right in time for Berlinale, the Icelanders return to our stage after their celebrated performances in the last years for two exclusive film concerts: Together with the percussionist Samuli Kosminen, the founding members of múm, Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Smárason, perform live music to the wonderful classic movie Menschen am Sonntag – a timeless and vivid portrait of Berlin and its young inhabitants by the end of the 1920s.

The semi-documentary film, which is rarely screened these days, was already considered a milestone of cinema shortly after its release in 1930 and served as a springboard to Hollywood for a group of filmmakers around the young Billy Wilder. As a film score never existed, the screenings of the film were accompanied with songs by Marlene Dietrich in most cases. This is reason enough for the electronica and postrock explorers of múm dedicating themselves again to this historical document in the city of its creation – with the series of UM:LAUT thereby celebrating its last edition with one of its most successful and stunning projects.

MÚM PLAYS „MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG“
Film Concerts
SAT 22 February 2020 | 20:00 | Radialsystem

SUN 23 February 2020 | 20:00 | Radialsystem 
> Tickets are available now at Radialsystem’s box-office
> Online tickets are available here

Múm plays Menschen am Sonntag

MÚM
Playful electronica, spheric ambient sounds, experimental indie pop: With their numerous albums and diverse projects crossing the boundaries of various musical genres, the internationally acclaimed band múm has never fit into prevalent categories. múm was founded by Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Smárason in 1997, later joined by twin sisters Kristín Anna and Gyda Valtýsdóttir. Their original and unique sound as well as the playful experimentation with traditional, electronic and unconventional instruments has quickly turned the „possibly most original Icelandic band“ (ByteFM) into one of the most popular acts from far North. During the last years the former quartet from Reykjavík has merged into an open collective exploring the boundaries of experimental listening experiences with various musician friends and in unpredictably changing line-ups. Besides seven albums, several EPs and singles on Morr Music and Fat Cat Records, they were involved in numerous collaborations and projects such as a score to the film „Battleship Potemkin“ by Sergei Eisenstein, music for the theatre piece „Bláihnötturinn“ by Andri Snær Magnason, or the much acclaimed orchestra composition „Drowning“ with pianist Hauschka and the MDR Sinfonieorchester. With Samuli Kosminen, a musician who regularly joins the band on tour will be on stage for the two concerts at radialsystem. He is one of the most sought-after and adventurous percussionists and producers of Scandinavia. Besides his virtuosity and unique sound creations, his rare live performances are particularly striking due to his extensive array of tools comprising collected and found objects and instruments.

MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG
„Menschen am Sonntag“ („People on Sunday“) is regarded as one of „the outstanding works of the German silent film avantgarde“ (The International Encyclopedia of Film). In a semi-documentary manner, the film depicts the lives of young people in the metropolis of Berlin by the end of the 1920s. Although the film falls into the final stage of the great era of German silent cinema, it is neither nostalgic nor old-fashioned, but – with its unconventional and surprising images of people, locations and atmospheres, which are captured in a documentary style – it appears more like a protest against the beaten tracks of the old narrative cinema. Apart from a few well-known protagonists such as the modern dancer Valeska Gert, the film replaces star actors and practised movements with amateur actors and a fresh, spontaneous way of acting. The still undestroyed scenery of Berlin, its people, its streets, the Grunewald Forest, and the Havel River serve both as setting and as supernumeraries – in „Menschen am Sonntag“, not much is happening, but its charming, honest and slightly ironic observation of the capital city in a summery weekend atmosphere make the film a vivid, entertaining and timeless document. For the then very young filmmakers, the film, which was created in partly chaotic and precarious production conditions, was both an adventure and a springboard – with Billy Wilder winning several Oscars in his career to come. The history of its creation makes the film one of the first independent films and a forerunner of the neorealism of the Postwar Era.

Partners

In 2013, we got the chance to bring together two of our favorite artists of the worlds of music and dance: The initial meeting of the young dancer Edivaldo Ernesto from the company of Sasha Waltz & Guests and the internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Hauschka is still one of our most memorable moments in the history of UM:LAUT. Apart from the occasion of spending some time with two lovely guys, it was a great pleasure to feel that the chemistry was right and both of them loved the idea of joining each other on stage to continue their conversation on an artistic level. Some time later we got the chance to host and witness two exceptional and unique shows at Radialsystem – much to the acclaim of both audience and press – as well as several guest performances in Germany and abroad.

Now we are very happy to welcome back Edivaldo and Hauschka to the place of their first encounter. After six intense and productive years full of new experiences and numerous achievements, the two artists re-enter an artistic dialogue in order to abandon the safety of composition and choreography again: an improvised interplay of sound and movement, without the corset of a predetermined course, open for unexpected developments, spontaneity and the impulses of each other. Two exclusive nights at Radialsystem – not to be missed!

HAUSCHKA & EDIVALDO ERNESTO
an encounter of improvised music & dance
01 November 2019 | 20:00 | Radialsystem

02 November 2019 | 20:00 | Radialsystem 
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Volker Bertelmann alias Hauschka is regarded as one of the most remarkable modern proponents of the prepared piano. With simple means such as metal pieces, foils and other objects placed inside the piano or attached to the strings, he explores the tonal diversity of the keyboard instrument. The resulting percussive or rustling sounds, which make one assume the usage of percussions and electronic devices, give the atmospherically dense, rhythm-based compositions a lyrical quality. Since his initial solo improvisations, the classically trained pianist has continually advanced, recording some of his numerous albums with renowned musicians such as the exceptional American violinist Hilary Hahn amongst others. Meanwhile, Hauschka is mentioned alongside composers such as Eric Satie or John Cage as well as contemporary musicians like Max Richter, Yann Tiersen or Nils Frahm. It is difficult to categorise Hauschka’s music, as it moves between sound art and experimental, modern classical and chamber music – with his solo album „Salon des Amateurs“ broadening his spectrum to minimal techno and house. On his most recent album „A Different Forest“, Hauschka, once again, dedicates himself to the pure, unmodified sound of his instrument. Beyond his releases and concerts, Volker Bertelmann has become one of the most sought-after composers for film and theatre. Following works for diverse dance productions, the theatre installation „Puppen“ at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and Doris Dörrie’s film „Glück“, Hauschka is also successful in the United States: For his soundtrack to the film „Lion“, he was nominated for the Oscars and Golden Globes amongst others. 

After having received traditional and classical dance trainings in Mozambique, Edivaldo Ernesto has collaborated with numerous artists and choreographers such as David Zambrano, Mat Voorter, Robert Hilton, or Faustin Linyekula. Sasha Waltz invited him for the first time for her project „Dialoge Freiburg“ at e-Werk Freiburg in 2005. Since 2008 a constant member of the ensemble of Sasha Waltz & Guests, Edivaldo can be experienced in numerous productions of the company worldwide. With his unique and expressive style, he is considered one of the most remarkable and fascinating protagonists of Berlin’s dance scene. Throughout his career, improvisation has remained his great passion – as his legendary duet with the American percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky for the occasion of the 5th anniversary of radialsystem illustrated. Together with the Cuban choreographer Judith Sánchez Ruíz, Edivaldo Ernesto developed his project „There is a name for it“, which premiered in Brussels in May 2013, as a director, sound designer and dancer. In 2011, he started the development and on-going research for the principle of „Depth Movement“, as conceived by himself. The list of institutions and festivals where his pieces and workshops where presented extends from all over Europe to China and Panama.

With The Notwist, one of the most important and versatile German indie bands celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019. Besides numerous celebrated albums and live shows around the globe, the band from Weilheim has again and again entered the dialogue with other art disciplines – for their soundtrack for Hans-Christian Schmid’s acclaimed film „Sturm“, they were awarded the German Film Prize in 2009. Within the series of UM:LAUT, the band presents a special set of works which they developed for collaborations with film, theatre and radio in recent years. In contrast to the regular, frequently sold-out concerts of The Notwist, these two exclusive shows at Radialsystem will mainly feature instrumental pieces – inspired by the album „Messier Objects“, released in 2015, and in interplay with projections by the video and performance artist Anton Kaun. From electronic collages to minimal music, from free jazz to post-rock experiments – a journey through the extraordinary oeuvre and the constantly expanding but unique musical cosmos of a great band.

THE NOTWIST
Messier Objects in concert
16 & 17 February 2019 | 20:00 | Radialsystem

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The Notwist was founded in 1989 in the Upper Bavarian town of Weilheim by the brothers Markus und Micha Acher as well as Martin Messerschmidt, who were later joined by Martin Gretschmann (Console, Acid Pauli), Andi Haberl and Cico Beck, amongst others. With the release of the debut album in 1990, The Notwist were considered one of the most interesting German hardcore bands, before the guitar sounds were directed to more ordered realms on the following albums. This development culminated on the album „Neon Golden“ of 2002 with a distinct but highly original combination of indie rock with sound innovations of electronic music. Beyond The Notwist, the Acher brothers were involved in the founding of numerous internationally successful bands such as Tied & Tickled Trio, Lali Puna, Ms. John Soda, or 13&God and operate at the centre of a network of more or less closely interconnected projects of local musicians. In this context many releases came into being on the label „Hausmusik“ as well as on the label „Alien Transistor“, which they founded in 2003 and which is active until today. Besides various band activities, the musicians regularly work in the fields of film, theatre and radio, and they curate the music festival „Alien Disko“ in Munich. After nine album releases and tours around the globe, The Notwist are – not least due to their mutability and adventurousness as well as their originality and recognition factor – regarded as one of the most important German bands.

© Ben Wolf

With techno producer Henrik Schwarz and jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, two extraordinary musicians, who are considered masters of innovative improvisation in each of their musical realms, return to the stage of UM:LAUT in September! For their new project „Scripted & Prepared Pianos“ the duo explores the tonal and rhythmical scopes of the piano, resulting in a unique electroacoustic sound between jazz, ambient and groovy electronica. While Schwarz uses a disklavier grand piano, the keys, hammers and pedals of which can be controlled via a specific software, thereby making complex rhythmic and harmonic structures possible which could never be played with the hands, Bugge Wesseltoft contributes melodies and musical themes with a second grand piano and a synthesizer. With the instruments getting prepared and manipulated, sounds are going through analogue and digital editing and alienation – an interplay in the experimental range between classical and electronic instrumentation, club and concert hall comes into being.

After an exclusive performance at Montreux Jazz Festival 2017, Schwarz and Wesseltoft present „Scripted & Prepared Pianos“ for the first time within the series of UM:LAUT at Radialsystem.

HENRIK SCHWARZ & BUGGE WESSELTOFT
Scripted & Prepared Pianos
08 & 09 September 2018 | 20:00 | Radialsystem

> Tickets are available now at Radialsystem’s box-office
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© Sven Fobbe

Henrik Schwarz is amongst the most sought-after producers of electronic dance music worldwide. His musical influences span from deep house and Detroit techno, all the way to hip hop and rare groove to jazz, soul and funk. Schwarz is considered one of the most multifaceted artists of electronic music – he has composed for film and ballet, and has released numerous albums and singles under various labels. For collaborations, productions and remixes he has worked together with the likes of Michael Jackson, Boy George, The Foals, Ane Brun, Raoul Midon, DJ Hell, Fritz Kalkbrenner and many more. For various projects he has been a guest on stages, in clubs and at renowned festivals all over the world. In recent years Schwarz dedicated himself to an increasing degree to his interest in jazz, improvisation and contemporary classic, thereby also releasing the album „Instruments“ as well as the LP „Scripted Orkestra“ with Metropole Orkest.

The Norwegian Bugge Wesseltoft is regarded as one of the most innovative jazz pianists of today. Since the 1990s, Wesseltoft has collaborated with numerous important figures of the Nordic and international jazz world like Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Jon Christensen, Nils Petter Molvaer, and Arild Andersen, as well as with stylistically quite different artists such as the drummer Billy Cobham, the Brazilian pop star Gilberto Gil or the techno legend Laurent Garnier. With his „New Conception of Jazz“ he aims at a synthesis of live electronics and the means of improvised jazz – his debut album of the same name, on which he integrates elements from deep house, ambient music, drum’n’bass as well as from soul and funk, is considered as ground-breaking since its release in 1996 until today. Wesseltoft has played on countless stages around the world and released more than 15 albums, just recently with the Norwegian classical violinist and viola player Henning Kraggerud and with the successful techno producer Henrik Schwarz and Dan Berglund, bassist of e.s.t. With his label Jazzland he has created a platform for the Norwegian scene with artistic freedom beyond mainstream.

With amiina one of the most original and adventurous bands from Iceland dedicate themselves to the legendary film classic „Fantômas“. Since the publication of the first novel more than one century ago, the sinister villain Fantômas with his innumerable faces and disguises has stimulated the imagination of a constantly large audience and appeared in diverse films, comics, and theatre plays. The first film version by Louis Feuillade with René Navarre in the title role was one of the biggest successes in the cinema of its time. Until today it has not lost any of its gloomy fascination, thereby perfectly fitting the timeless beauty of amiina’s music: Between playful pop experiments and fragile chamber folk, the Icelandic band, also known for its long-time collaboration with Sigur Rós, creates a unique sphere of sound. amiina’s soundtrack for „Juve contre Fantômas“, the second episode of Feuillade’s legendary serial, had its premiere in the renowned Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris – within a programme curated by Yann Tiersen on the occassion of the 100th anniversary of the first film version. In the meantime the film score was also released as an album (Morr Music / Mengi).

In April, UM:LAUT welcomes amiina for one of their rare film concerts: With their extraordinary instrumentarium and multilayered sound, the Icelanders weave a captivating film music spectacle – melancholic and ethereal, yet full of suspense, pounding rhythms and haunting melodies.

AMIINA PLAYS „FANTÔMAS“
Silent Film Concert
23 April 2018 | 20:00 | Radialsystem V
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amiina is a band based in Iceland whose origins go back to the late 1990s, when four young women studying at the Reykjavík College of Music formed a string quartet. The group started out playing classical music but increasingly moved on to play all sorts of music with various bands in Reykjavík. In 1999, the quartet joined the iconic Icelandic band Sigur Rós on stage. The collaboration continued for over a decade, with amiina contributing strings to Sigur Rós‘ music on tour and in the recording studio on various albums. In 2004, the band released its first own EP called „AnimaminA“. The following debut album, „Kurr“ (2007), was performed on a disparate jumble of instruments – from musical saws, to kalimbas, music boxes, and seemingly anything that could be plucked, bowed or beaten on – resulting in a work that ebbed and flowed „in a strange, powerful place between sophistication and innocence“, according to The Guardian. Later the band was joined by drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen and electronic musician Kippi Kaninus, adding more percussive and rhythmic textures to the band’s sound. After another acclaimed full-length album in 2010, two more EPs and several singles on different labels, the band released their latest album „Fantômas“ in November 2016. At present the band counts five people – Hildur Ársælsdóttir, María Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir, Sólrún Sumarliðadóttir, Magnús Trygvason Eliassen and Guðmundur Vignir Karlsson (aka Kippi Kaninus). Alongside the work with amiina, the band members keep busy collaborating, recording and touring with other artists of various musical genres such as Sigur Rós, Yann Tiersen, Spiritualized, Efterklang, Damien Rice, and Ben Frost, as well as with visual artists, theatre and dance, both in Iceland and elsewhere in the world.

Fantômas is a French silent crime film serial directed by Louis Feuillade, based on the novels of the same name. The five episodes, released throughout 1913-14, revolved around Fantômas, a sadistic and ruthless serial killer, the lord of terror and genius of evil who initially came to live in the crime fictions of French writers Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre in 1911. „Fantômas“ was enormously popular upon its release in France, and made René Navarre, who played Fantômas, an overnight celebrity. In a rave review from a 1914 issue of the French journal Chronique cinématographique, critic Maurice Raynal wrote that „there is nothing in this involved, compact and concentrated film but explosive genius.“ The character of Fantômas is an early example of the interplay between avantgarde intellectual and emerging mass culture, he was to appear in various films, television and comic book adaptations throughout the century but also highly regarded by the French avantgarde of the 1920s, especially the surrealists, e.g. René Magritte and Guillaume Apollinaire, the latter stating that „from the imaginative standpoint Fantômas is one of the richest works that exist“.

„Fortunately múm does not play themselves to fore but see themselves – just like the piano players in the early times of silent film – as accompanying musicians. This works so well that one can imagine the 74 minutes as an album. The audience is of the same opinion – and applauds enthusiastically!“ (taz – die tageszeitung about the UM:LAUT shows in 2016)

The globally celebrated band múm plays a live score to a masterpiece of silent film: After their celebrated performances in the last two years, the Icelanders return to the stage of UM:LAUT right in time for Berlinale. Together with the percussionist Samuli Kosminen, the founding members of múm, Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Smárason, perform live music to the wonderful classic movie „Menschen am Sonntag“ – a timeless and vivid portrait of Berlin and its young inhabitants by the end of the 1920s. The semi-documentary film, which is rarely screened these days, was already considered a milestone of cinema shortly after its release in 1930 and served as a springboard to Hollywood for a group of filmmakers around the young Billy Wilder. As a film score never existed, the screenings of the film were accompanied with songs by Marlene Dietrich in most cases. This is reason enough for the electronica and postrock explorers of múm dedicating themselves again to this document of history in the city of its creation – thereby also exclusively celebrating a record release at Radialsystem V: Our friends at the renowned indie label Morr Music publish a limited vinyl edition with live tracks of the previous UM:LAUT shows.

MÚM PLAYS „MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG“
Silent Film Concerts & Record Release
17 & 18 February 2018 | 20:00 | Radialsystem V
> Tickets are available now at Radialsystem’s box-office
> Online tickets (plus fees) are available here

Playful electronica, spheric ambient sounds, experimental indie pop: With their numerous albums and diverse projects crossing the boundaries of various musical genres, the internationally acclaimed band MÚM has never fit into prevalent categories. múm was founded by Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Smárason in 1997, later joined by twin sisters Kristín Anna and Gyda Valtýsdóttir. Their original and unique sound as well as the playful experimentation with traditional, electronic and unconventional instruments has quickly turned the „possibly most original Icelandic band“ (ByteFM) into one of the most popular acts from far North. During the last years the former quartet from Reykjavík has merged into an open collective exploring the boundaries of experimental listening experiences with various musician friends and in unpredictably changing lineups. Besides seven albums, several EPs and singles on Morr Music and Fat Cat Records, they were involved in numerous collaborations and projects such as a score to the film „Battleship Potemkin“ by Sergei Eisenstein, music for the theatre piece „Blái hnötturinn“ by Andri Snær Magnason, or the much acclaimed orchestra composition „Drowning“ with pianist Hauschka and the MDR Sinfonieorchester. With SAMULI KOSMINEN, a musician who regularly joins the band on tour will be on stage for the two concerts at Radialsystem V. He is one of the most sought-after and adventurous percussionists and producers of Scandinavia. Besides his virtuosity and unique sound creations, his rare live performances are particularly striking due to his extensive array of tools comprising collected and found objects and instruments.

MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG (People on Sunday) is regarded as one of „the outstanding works of the German silent film avantgarde“ (The International Encyclopedia of Film). In a semi-documentary manner, the film depicts the lives of young people in the metropolis of Berlin by the end of the 1920s. Although the film falls into the final stage of the great era of German silent cinema, it is neither nostalgic nor old-fashioned, but – with its unconventional and surprising images of people, locations and atmospheres, which are captured in a documentary style – it appears more like a protest against the beaten tracks of the old narrative cinema. Apart from a few well-known protagonists such as the modern dancer Valeska Gert, the film replaces star actors and practised movements with amateur actors and a fresh, spontaneous way of acting. The still undestroyed scenery of Berlin, its people, its streets, the Grunewald Forest, and the Havel River serve both as setting and as supernumeraries – in „Menschen am Sonntag“, not much is happening, but its charming, honest and slightly ironic observation of the capital city in a summery weekend atmosphere make the film a vivid, entertaining and timeless document. For the then very young filmmakers, the film, which was created in partly chaotic and precarious production conditions, was both an adventure and a springboard – with Billy Wilder winning several Oscars in his career to come. The history of its creation makes the film one of the first independent films and a forerunner of the neorealism of the Postwar Era.

An event by UM:LAUT at Radialsystem V. With kind support by the Embassy of Iceland and the Finnish Music Foundation.
Photos 1 &2 © Jacob Hansen / Photo 3 © Deutsche Kinemathek.

With Portico Quartet, an impressive and celebrated live band is back on stage: Sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism, the four friends from London’s East End develop their diversified, subtle and original sound. After their debut album already being nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2008, the band has been invited to famous jazz podiums world-wide as well as to big festival stages around Europe. Following some explorations in the field of electronic pop on the British cult label Ninja Tune, Portico Quartet now celebrates the return to its well-tried instrumentation: For the new album „Art In The Age Of Automation“, the band still makes use of effects, real time looping and samples, but also reverts to the inimitable Portico Quartet sound. After more than five years, the quartet can finally be experienced in Berlin again – UM:LAUT invites you to an exclusive record release show at Radialsystem V.

PORTICO QUARTET
Record Release Concert
18 November 2017 | 20:00 | Radialsystem V
Tickets are available now at Radialsystem’s box-office (20 €) and online (plus fees)!

Portico Quartet was founded in 2005 and quickly made its first mark by busking on London’s Southbank. Their debut album „Knee-deep in the North Sea“ was already nominated for the renowned Mercury Prize in 2008, followed by two more albums on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records. Since then, the quartet has been heaped with praise from critics and invited to clubs, concert halls and festivals around the globe. A special percussion instrument called „hang“, whose tonal features are reminiscent of Caribbean steel drums, marimbaphone and partly a percussively played piano, takes a special role – the hybrid position between percussion and melody instrument opens unexpected space of creativity for both the rhythm instruments as well as for the saxophonist Jack Wyllie. Meandering between jazz, trip hop and ambient, the quartet does not follow prevalent song structures but creates a unique sound language which is equally reminiscent of avantgardists like Steve Reich and Arve Henriksen as of British dubstep artists such as Burial and Mount Kimbie or the atmospherical sound of Cinematic Orchestra or e.s.t. For their fourth studio album „Living Fields“, the band – by then a trio – dared to explore more electronic terrain under the name „Portico“. Ten years after the release of their first album, the band now returns with its original quartet instrumentation: The new album „Art In The Age Of Automation“, released on Gondwana Records in August 2017, ties in with the first records without resisting technical and personal progression.

Bugge Wesseltoft © Markus Werner | UM:LAUT

Two extraordinary live musicians with a shared passion for experimentation and club music: The Norwegian pianist Bugge Wesseltoft, a pioneer of electronic jazz, joins forces with the renowned drummer and producer Christian Prommer for an exclusive live session at the mighty hall of Radialsystem V. With openness and curiosity this special duo creates an electro-acoustic musical blend between jazz, funk, ambient, and groovy house music. Bugge Wesseltoft, who is considered the trailblazer of the young Nordic jazz generation and one of the most innovative pianists of today, and Christian Prommer, known for his collaboration with artists such as DJ Hell, Henrik Schwarz or Tony Allen, play together for the very first time in Germany: An interplay in the experimental spectrum between classical and electronic instrumentation and a unique live project fusing the musical biographies and manifold qualities of its protagonists – without the corset of a predetermined course, open for unexpected developments, spontaneity and the impulses of each other.

BUGGE WESSELTOFT & CHRISTIAN PROMMER
German Premiere
08 August 2017 | 20:00 | Radialsystem V
Tickets are available now at Radialsystem’s box-office (22 €) and online (plus fees)!

© Christian
Prommer

The Norwegian Bugge Wesseltoft is regarded as one of the most innovative jazz pianists of today. Since the 1990s, Wesseltoft has collaborated with numerous important figures of the Nordic and international jazz world like Jan Garbarek, Terje Rypdal, Jon Christensen, Nils Petter Molvaer, and Arild Andersen, as well as with stylistically quite different artists such as the drummer Billy Cobham, the Brazilian pop star Gilberto Gil or the techno legend Laurent Garnier. With his „New Conception of Jazz“ he aims at a synthesis of live electronics and the means of improvised jazz – his debut album of the same name, on which he integrates elements from priligy kaufen deep house, ambient music, drum’n’bass as well as from soul and funk, is considered as ground-breaking since its release in 1996 until today. Wesseltoft has played on countless stages around the world and released more than 15 albums, just recently with the Norwegian classical violinist and viola player Henning Kraggerud and with the successful techno producer Henrik Schwarz and Dan Berglund, bassist of e.s.t. With his label Jazzland he has created a platform for the Norwegian scene with artistic freedom beyond mainstream.

Influenced by jazz, funk and soul, but also house, Detroit techno and electronica, Christian Prommer constantly explores new musical ground beyond traditional genre boundaries. With his various projects and collaborations, he has been one of the most prestigious drummers, producers and DJs for more than two decades. Apart from coining the label „nu jazz“ with Fauna Flash in the 1990s, he has repeatedly experimented in the field between club music and jazz – be it as founding member of the Trüby Trio and Voom:Voom, or as author and producer for artists such as Kruder & Dorfmeister and DJ Hell. In addition he has collaborated with musicians like Carl Craig, Tony Allen, Till Brönner, Mousse T, Wolfgang Haffner, Klaus Doldinger, Henrik Schwarz, Johannes Brecht, or Solomun, and has been invited as live musician and DJ to renowned clubs and festivals such as Sonar in Barcelona, World Wide Festival in Singapur, Crossover Jazz Festival in Tokyo, North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, and Montreux Jazz Festival. In 2007 he started his project „Drumlesson“ with an instrumental jazz version of Derrick May’s Detroit techno hymn „Strings of Life,“ which ended up being an international club hit. For ten years, he has performed live with his „Drumlessons“ and alternating outstanding guest musicians, thereby combining his jazz roots with his passion for electronic club music. Prommer has released a large number of albums and singles on various renowned labels, he has been nominated for the Echo and received the German Record Critics‘ Award.

Mum at UM:LAUT © Markus Werner

© Markus Werner | UM:LAUT

We are very happy to welcome back the globally celebrated band múm to play a live score to a masterpiece of silent film: After their celebrated silent film concerts in 2016 and our co-presentation at Copenhagen’s CPH PIX, the Icelanders return to the stage of UM:LAUT right in time for Berlinale film festival on 11 and 12 February. Together with the percussionist Samuli Kosminen, the founding members of múm, Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Smárason, perform a live score to „Menschen am Sonntag“ as a trio.

The semi-documentary film, which is rarely screened these days, was already considered a milestone of cinema shortly after its release in 1930 – and also served as a springboard to Hollywood for its makers Billy Wilder, Edgar Ulmer, Fred Zinnemann, and the Siodmak brothers. For this classic, a vivid portrait of Berlin and its young inhabitants by the end of the 1920s, a film score never existed. In most cases the screenings of the film were accompanied with songs by Marlene Dietrich. Therefore it is high time the electronica and postrock explorers of múm dedicate themselves again to this contemporary document in the city of its creation in the frame of two unique concert evenings on the shores of the Spree River!

MÚM PLAYS „MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG“
Silent Film Concerts
11 & 12 February 2017 | 20:00 | Radialsystem V
Tickets are available now at Radialsystem’s box-office (20 €) and online (plus fees)!

© Jacob Hansen | CPH PIX

© Jacob Hansen | CPH PIX

Playful electronica, spheric ambient sounds, experimental indie pop: With their numerous albums and diverse projects crossing the boundaries of various musical genres, the globally celebrated band múm has never fit into prevalent categories. The band was founded by Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Smárason in 1997, later joined by twin sisters Kristín Anna and Gyda Valtýsdóttir. Their original and unique sound as well as the playful experimentation with traditional, electronic and unconventional instruments has quickly turned the band into one of the most popular acts from far North. During the last years the former quartet from Reykjavík has merged into an open collective exploring the boundaries of experimental listening experiences with various musician friends and in unpredictably changing lineups. Besides seven albums, several EPs and singles on Morr Music and Fat Cat Records, they were involved in numerous collaborations and projects such as a score to the film „Battleship Potemkin“ by Sergei Eisenstein, music for the theatre piece „Blái hnötturinn“ by Andri Snær Magnason, or the much acclaimed orchestra composition „Drowning“ with pianist Hauschka and the MDR Sinfonieorchester. With Samuli Kosminen, a musician who regularly joins the band on tour will be on stage for the two concerts at Radialsystem V. He is one of the most sought-after and adventurous percussionists and producers of Scandinavia. Besides his virtuosity and unique sound creations, his rare live performances are particularly striking due to his extensive array of tools comprising collected and found objects and instruments.

© Deutsche Kinemathek

© Deutsche Kinemathek

Menschen am Sonntag (People on Sunday) is regarded as one of „the outstanding works of the German silent film avantgarde“ (The International Encyclopedia of Film). In a semi-documentary manner, the film depicts the lives of young people in the metropolis of Berlin by the end of the 1920s. Although the film falls into the final stage of the great era of German silent cinema, it is neither nostalgic nor old-fashioned, but – with its unconventional and surprising images of people, locations and atmospheres, which are captured in a documentary style – it appears more like a protest against the beaten tracks of the old narrative cinema. Apart from a few well-known protagonists such as the modern dancer Valeska Gert, the film replaces star actors and practised movements with amateur actors and a fresh, spontaneous way of acting. The still undestroyed scenery of Berlin, its people, its streets, the Grunewald Forest, and the Havel River serve both as setting and as supernumeraries – in „Menschen am Sonntag“, not much is happening, but its charming, honest and slightly ironic observation of the capital city in a summery weekend atmosphere make the film a vivid, entertaining and timeless document. For the then very young filmmakers, the film, which was created in partly chaotic and precarious production conditions, was both an adventure and a springboard – with Billy Wilder winning several Oscars in his career to come. The history of its creation makes the film one of the first independent films and a forerunner of the neorealism of the Postwar Era.

Empathy_Carys Staton © Tonje Thilesen

What makes humans different from other beings? What influences us to empathise with others in certain situations? Inspired by the research of Simon Baron-Cohen („Zero Degrees of Empathy“), the London-based performance collective Neon Dance explores the human capacity of empathy in its latest production in musical and scenic form.

For the series of UM:LAUT, „Empathy“ will be realised for the first time as interdisciplinary live music version: In a set design created with light and laser technique, five dancers encounter an extraordinary ensemble consisting of the sound wizards Casper Clausen and Mads Brauer of Efterklang and Liima, the multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily from New York and the Icelandic cellist Gyða Valtýsdóttir of Múm.

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EMPATHY
Neon Dance with Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen, Shahzad Ismaily & Gyða Valtýsdóttir
10 & 11 December | 20:00 | Radialsystem V
Tickets are available now at Radialsystem’s box-office (20 €) and online (plus fees)

Empathy © Tonje Thilesen

Neon Dance is an interdisciplinary dance company from London which develops and realises productions for the stage as well as for film and other media. The company was founded in 2003 and is directed by the choreographer Adrienne Hart. The group regularly collaborates with artists from diverse disciplines. The dance production „Falling From Trees“, created in 2010 with music by the multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick, was presented at Glastonbury Festival, with Broderick’s soundtrack being successfully released through the label Erased Tapes. In collaboration with the duo SpringerParker from Berlin, Neon Dance developed the dance opera „There Are Places In Our Heads One Can Travel To“, which celebated its premiere in Norway at Barents Spektakel Festival. With „Archived’it“, the collective developed an interactive online project in 2012, which allows the users to rearrange their own version of the dance film „Dance on Steps“ from 1934 to a soundtrack by the Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds. Together with UM:LAUT, Neon Dance realised the unique live music version of the dance production „The Intention“ with the acclaimed pianist Nils Frahm and the cellist Anne Müller on the stage of Radialsystem V in 2013.

Empathy © Oliver Holms

Mads Brauer and Casper Clausen are founding members of the internationally successful band Efterklang, with which they released four albums (4AD, The Leaf Label) since 2000. The band has played 400 concerts in more than 30 countries, often supported by numerous guest musicians, and has realised various concert projects with symphony orchestras, an opera and diverse film projects. Beyond, Clausen and Brauer are – together with Rasmus Stolberg and the Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö – active with the band project Liima, have co-founded the online radio station The Lake and curate the annual By The Lake festival in Berlin-Weissensee. The composer and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily from New York is involved in various bands and projects and has collaborated with artists such as Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Marc Ribot, Colin Stetson, Bonnie Prince Billy and many more. The son of Pakistani immigrants to the US graduated with a Masters in biochemistry and has concerned himself with diverse music cultures on trips to India, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, Morocco, Iceland and many other countries. The Icelandic cellist Gyða Valtýsdóttir started her career with the internationally celebrated indie pop band Múm. Since finishing her studies in Reykjavik and Basel, she has been active in diverse bands and projects worldwide. She moves vividly between music realms, composing, performing and recording with various musician and artists such as Josephine Foster, Julian Sartorius, Aaron and Bryce Dessner, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Efterklang, Guy Maddin, Ragnar Kjartansson and many others.

Empathy_Casper Clausen © Alexander Schneider

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