VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

12.04.18

May Concerts in the Volksbühne and the Roter Salon: Josin, Dominique Lawalrée, Chicks on Speed, Nkisi, Mick Harvey Plays plays Serge Gainsbourg, Nika Son + Phuong-Dan, Cavern of Anti-Matter + Ulrika Spacek, Exploded View, Richard von der Schulenburg

The Volksbühne Berlin is proud to present the following concerts in May:

Josin
Wednesday, 2 May 2018, 8 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
15 €

From the lecture hall to the stage – if Josin hadn’t followed the call of music as a student, she would now be performing surgery not songs. Instead of the scalpel, she chose the mic and now dissects bits, bytes, song parts and sound patterns to create elegiac pop hymns. Yet her musicality doesn’t spring from nowhere. As the daughter of two opera singers, this multi-instrument musician was surrounded by music from an early age and now references classical and electronic influences equally in her music. The result – now available on her debut EP Epilogue – rings with crystal clear vocals, combining piano and programmed beats, often sounding like a worthy alternative to Radiohead. Before beginning her big solo tour this spring, Josin played her melancholic pop as a supporting act for bands and artists such as RYX, Boy, Roosevelt and Sóley.

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Dominique Lawalrée
Friday, 4 May 2018, 9 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
15 €

A piano concert by Dominique Lawalrée, Belgian composer and performer, whose work includes more than 500 compositions and 29 albums with a distinctly personal and intimate sound. Dominique Lawalrée was born in Brussels on 18 October 1954 and has been an active composer since 1976. He aims for a “certain expression of spiritual interiority” with his work, and his compositions invite you to a deep listening session of a unique and enchanting sound. In early 2017, New York-based label Catch Wave Ltd. released a compilation of his work. In this collection, the listener finds sounds from the piano, synthesizers, percussion, wurlitzer, organ, and voice, all performed by Lawalrée. Using these tools, Dominique creates miniature themes that gallop across the speakers in slow motion, stretching our normal senses of dynamics and color, effortlessly widening the stereo plane. Childlike in its playfulness and surreal to the bone, the music spins like a carrousel placed inside the Rothko Chapel.

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Chicks on Speed
On Speed: Chicks flying for 20 years
Thursday, 10 May 2018, 8 pm
DJ from 7 pm in the Parkettcafé: Mr. Freeze
Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz main stage
24 € / 20 € (concessions)

About 20 years ago, Alex Murray-Leslie and Melissa Logan formed the art collective Chicks on Speed in the courtyard of the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. From that point on, they’ve been experimenting at the interstices of design and electropop, frequently touching on themes like commercialisation and mass production and continuously expanding the limits of their creative language. Chicks on Speed has already collaborated with the likes of Douglas Gordon, Francesca von Habsburg, Yoko Ono, Karl Lagerfeld, Anat Ben David and Peter Weibel. They have published books, regularly give talks and perform at international festivals and in well-known museums and galleries such as the Centre Pompidou, Venice Biennale and MoMA in New York. Celebrating their anniversary in an appropriate manner, they will present their unique mix of new media, fashion hacks and visual live music entitled On Speed: Chicks flying for 20 years along with numerous guests on the Volksbühne main stage.

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Nkisi (live), Oli XL (DJ)
Friday, 11 May 2018, 11:59 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
10 €

Nkisi is the alias of Melika Ngombe Kolongo, an artist raised in Belgium and now living in London. As co-founder of NON Worldwide, whose raison d’être is described as “a collective of African artists and of the diaspora, using sound as their primary media, to articulate the visible and invisible structures that create binaries in society, and in turn distribute power”, Nkisi’s ethos and music is imbued with a certain punk sensibility along with a political push back against conformity. Her sets draw from a wide range of influences, with heavily layered percussion and drums, forming a fast paced and exhilarating dance experience. Nkisi will be joined by Oli XL, a producer, visual artist and the head of Stockholm-based label W-I. His own music appeared on PAN’s ambient compilation Mono no Aware and in early 2018 on Posh Isolation’s compilation I Could Go Anywhere But Again I Go With You.

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Mick Harvey
Plays the Songs of Serge Gainsbourg
feat. Xanthe Waite, James Johnston, Larry Mullins, Yoyo Röhm & String Quartet
DJ from 7 pm in the Parkettcafé: Jochen Arbeit
Sunday, 13 May 2018, 8 pm
Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz main stage
26 € / 22 € (concessions)

On 2 April 2018, the great French chansonnier Serge Gainsbourg would have turned 90 years old. Almost concurrently, Mick Harvey, co-founder of both The Birthday Party and Bad Seeds, is taking his Gainsbourg interpretations The Songs of Serge Gainsbourg on a European tour including the Volksbühne. Harvey began translating Gainsbourg’s work into English and adding his own touch 20 years ago. In 2017, he published Volume 4 – Intoxicated Women, which was the last part of the cycle of songs that focused on Gainsbourg’s work in the 60s – characterised by duets with France Galle, Juliette Greco and, of course, Brigitte Bardot. The research into these songs led Harvey from the classics such as Je t’aime (moi non plus), which was translated into German with Berlin pop singer Andrea Schroeder, to more obscure Gainsbourg pieces such as The Drowned One/La Noyée and Wolfy Teeth/Dents de Lait, Dents de Loup, which were only documented in TV recordings from the 60s. Harvey will now present songs in Berlin, where many of the songs were recorded. He will play from all four albums released between 1995 and 2017, accompanied by a string quartet.

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Nika Son + Phuong-Dan
Gatto Musculoso Listening Session
Thursday, 17 May 2018, 10 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
10 €

For more than a decade, Phuong-Dan has been a resident and organizer of the Gatto Musculoso series at Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg, with guests including Lena Willikens, Beppe Loda, Tolouse Low Trax, Vladimir Ivkovic, Veronica Vasicka and Ron Morelli. On this evening in the Red Salon, however, the focus is more on listening and the experimental side of electronic music. Another guest, Nika Son, also a resident at the Golden Poodle Club, will play a live set. Influenced by musique concrète and the outer realms of electronic music, she creates her compositions from manipulated and rhythmic-fragmented field recordings, interweaving them with analog synthesizer pads, scattered vocal samples, and filtered tape loops. In addition to her solo music project, she has been collaborating with various artists for many years, including the musician F#X and filmmaker Helena Wittmann. She has released recordings on various labels such as MMODEMM, Sky Walking, Anti-Ghost Moon Ray and her own label Noctui.

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Cavern of Anti-Matter
Ulrika Spacek
DJ from 7 pm in the Parkettcafé: Henryck Gericke
Sunday, 20 May 2018, 8 pm
Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz main stage
20 € / 16 € (concessions)

The Berlin-based post-rock band Cavern of Anti-Matter, made up of two Stereolab-members Tim Gane (guitarist/songwriter) and Joe Dilworth (Drums) and synth-specialist Holger Zapf, present their third album Hormone Lemonade, just released on their own Duophonic-Label. The trio creates hypnotic sound structures made up of modular synthesizers and self-built drum machines, enriched by minimal guitar melodies and live drums, which yield a substantial work built on experimentation, improvisation and finesse.

The psychedelic indie pop quintet Ulrika Spacek is back with its second album Modern English Decoration. Just like on their debut in 2016, the Londoners decided to record, produce and mix the entire album in their shared home - a former art gallery called KEN. KEN is the home base of the band, a place where all the videos, artwork and band photos are made. The album title is a subliminal reference to the interior design that reflects the meticulous creative process the band indulges in. It’s also a nod to the environment in which the album was recorded.

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Exploded View
Support: Warm Graves
Thursday, 24 May 2018, 8 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
15 €

Live, completely improvised and with no second takes, Exploded View recorded their self-titled debut, carried by drones, deep basslines and dub, somewhere in the depths of Mexico City on a Tascam 388 8-device. The studio? A carefully equipped sound box which records even the tiniest sonic detail. The goal? Recording the newly formed relationships between singer Anika (Stones Throw) and a line-up of local producers which had resulted from a joint Mexico tour. Following the release of these recordings on the acclaimed yet sombre label Sacred Bones (Zola Jesus, The Soft Moon, Pharmakon), the band went on worldwide tours and released their EP Summer Came Early. This spring, Exploded View will go on a European tour that includes the majority of their regular members, jangling noise-pop collages and all sorts of vintage equipment.

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Richard von der Schulenburg,
Wanderung durch Wald und Flur (live)
Nina (DJ)
Thursday, 31 May 2018, 10 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
10 €

Richard von der Schulenburg presents his album Wanderung durch Wald und Flur, enchanting music without annoying flourishes, with Nina to frame the evening. The spirit of German Romanticism is strong in this work and offers a timeless complement to the classic Teutonic synth expressionism, which was pioneered in the late 20th century from Hans-Joachim Roedelius in the late 70s to Wolfgang Voigt's GAS in the 90s. But even in 2017, a country walk can turn dark, as Wanderung durch Wald und Flur (walking through forest and corridor) shows, with its transition from airy melodies and refreshing, drizzling atmospheres to wistfully bittersweet tones. The presentation of this work is paired with performances by Nina, who defies any easy explanation of the alleged dichotomies between drone and concrète with her selection of music.

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Please contact Tariq Bajwa at tariq.bajwa@volksbuehne-berlin.de or on +49 (0)30 24065 629 for press tickets and further information. Additional texts and photos can be found in our website’s press section.

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