VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

16.05.18

Concerts in the Volksbühne in June and July

The Volksbühne Berlin is proud to present the following concerts in June and July:

Torstraßen Festival Super Sunday:
Alex Cameron with Roy Molloy on Horn, Lido Pimienta, Itaca
Sunday, 10 June 2018, 8 pm + Independent Label Market, noon
Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz main stage
20 / 16 €

For the last day of Torstraßen Festival, this year’s Super Sunday is back at the Volksbühne. The multilingual programme is composed of two alumni and one dazzling newcomer. Itaca, Berlin’s best Italo-Pop duo, opens the evening. Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta picks up the baton with Afro-Colombian-tinged synth-pop, and TSF’16 insider tip Alex Cameron finds time in his international superstar agenda for a stop on Torstraße. Beginning at noon, all are welcome to drop by the Volksbühne foyer for the Berlin edition of Independent Label Market, admission is free.

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Joanne Robertson
With Max Brand, Kool Music and Sputiamo
Thursday, 14 June 2018, 9 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
12 €

An evening of low lights and candles, and moments of collaborative improvisation. Avant-garde folk musician Joanne Robertson has garnered a reputation for the lyrical drifting beauty of her music. She has released three solo albums: The Lighter (Textile); Black Moon Days (Feeding Tube), and Wildflower, and collaborated and recorded with Dean Blunt on The Redeemer, Black Metal, Stone Island, Skin Fade und Wahalla.

Painter and musician Max Brand, Kool Music and Daphne Ahlers of Lonely Boys, as Sputiamo, will also perform live. Joanne Robertson, Jasper Baydala (Kool Music) and Max Brand are also in Berlin to present their works in a collaborative show at the Carlier Gebauer Gallery, opening 8 June.

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John T. Gast & MC Boli
Thursday, 21 June 2018, 9 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
12 €

When John T. Gast isn’t devoting himself to his own gloomy-convoluted sound-visions — a mix of different electronic genres between dubstep, house, and industrial — he’s a co-producer behind the board on releases such as Hype Williams' Black is Beautiful, or a creative partner in solo projects from the two halves of Hype Williams: Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland. MC Boli moves in a similar artistic commuter belt and also played as a guest in the live band for Dean Blunt’s The Redeemer project. The man behind the pseudonym, and head of the so-called Boli gang, is Danish interdisciplinary artist Asger Hartvig. In this concert, Boli & Gast present the new tracks from their collaboration on Gast's 5 Gate Temple label: The production’s gloomy aesthetics rub against hard mechanical beats, dragging shimmering synth surfaces across much of this intimate production.

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Larry B (live) & Cõvco (DJ)
Thursday, 28 June 2018, 11 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
12 €

With his roots in South London’s underground scene, Larry B has been slipping his sweeping soul-pop, strengthened by keys and beats, through the soundcloud and bandcamp channels of this world into the musical consciousness of a generation of beat-besotted listeners for several years. On the one hand, there’s danceable pop songs that create their own space to resonate between sad melancholy and a swinging upbeat tempo. And then there’s the decelerated counterpart made up of deep numbers that drop the listener into a soft, tear-soaked pillow of charming soul. Exactly as planned out on the drawing board, B places his vocals over computer-designed beats, bits, clicks and claps. In addition to songwriting, DJ gigs around the world and remixing artists like Alicia Keys and Usher, he performs his works — as in this evening — live and in a highly intimate setting on the piano.

Supporting on the turntables, London DJane Cõvco plays a hi-energy mix at the intersection of footwork, grime, jungle and other genres of experimental dance music.

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Jazzanova
The Pool Record Release
Saturday, 30 June 2018, 8 pm
DJ from 7 pm in the Parkettcafé: Falko Teichmann
Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz main stage
26 / 22 €

The first album in a decade – this would probably be daunting for most artists. Not for Jazzanova. The continuous state of becoming is basically the DNA of this unusual ensemble.

Thus the ten years between Of All the Things and The Pool went by quickly. Jazzanova never slowed down or stopped making connections with different musical scenes, musicians and fans. And their music kept developing along the way. This all leads us up to The Pool — Jazzanova’s most complete album so far. The combination of tens of thousands of hours of experience on stage, in the studio, in the radio and in the club have given the Jazzanova-boys an unmistakable self-confidence, a stability in all they use for their recordings, audible at each beat and each note. Everything revolves around the logic of each song. As always, there’s also an impressive array of features — each singer or rapper adding their own touch. This is definitely the beginning of a new chapter in the fascinating story of Jazzanova.

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VariaVision with Atelier Impopulaire
Ben Russell & Black Cracker
Saturday, 30 June 2018, 9 pm
Volksbühne Roter Salon
8 / 6 €

The psychedelic ethnographic cinema of Ben Russell — filmmaker, artist, curator — challenges the conventions of documentary representation to produce intense, hypnotic and hallucinating experiences between experimental cinema and a form of speculative ethnography.

On the second night (30.06.), the artist presents a new multimedia piece conceived for the Roter Salon and commissioned by Atelier Impopulaire, in collaboration with Berlin-based hip-hop musician Black Cracker. The performance will be introduced with a selection of his "apocalyptic films" and followed by a conversation with the curators.

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Spielzeitabschlusskonzert
Isolation Berlin
Saturday, 7 July 2018, 8 pm
DJ from 7 pm in the Parkettcafé: Henryk Gericke
Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz main stage
24 € / 20 €

With 11 songs — from wine-soaked ballads to rugged post-punk anthems — Isolation Berlin have managed to cast the sentimental cosmos of post-adolescence into melancholy songs on the notoriously "difficult" second album as well. On their new LP Vergifte Dich (Poison Yourself), the band around singer and songwriter Tobias Bamborschke — David Specht on bass, Max Bauer on guitar and keys, as well as Simeon Cöster on percussion — groove through love, despair, life and rage over 40 minutes. Smooth as clockwork, they hunt their instruments through the dark grey, plastered-over romance of the city: Somewhere between pawnshop, pub, metro and park bench, life’s big issues slide into the heart of Berlin, are negotiated and, over a long smoky evening, poured down the throat, sink or toilet. After an seemingly endless tour and their most recent Berlin concert to a full Astra Kulturhaus, "the kings of pub poetry" (Musikexpress) are giving the traditional end-of-season concert in the Volksbühne.

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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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