Throughout past and present, trance rituals and spiritual journeys have perhaps served as the most powerful methods of detaching us from the material in order to communicate and chase new worlds where all borders are dissolved. CTM 2016’s Opening Concert unites two explorations of how to reach the unbound.
With "Híbridos", wanderer, independent filmmaker and sound researcher Vincent Moon, previously announced with an installation that will be on display all festival week at HAU2, creates a portrait of a contemporary Brazil as a laboratory of cultures, suggesting a path of coexistence and open geography. Through a lecture and screening of his transmedia project created with photographer, writer and director Priscilla Telmon, Moon explores what people who didn’t break their connection with planet earth, or are going back to that connection, have to tell us as a new way of living together via a cine-trance of emotions, words, gestures, silences, and intuitions.
CTM guest co-curator Rabih Beaini then premieres "For The Right Red Hand", a work especially composed for CTM that divides an ensemble of eight instrumentalists into two mirroring groups of trumpet (Liz Allbee, Mazen Kerbaj), guitar (Sam Shalabi, Sharif Sehnaoui), drums (Daniele De Santis, Tommaso Cappellato), and voice (Sofia Jernberg, Rully Shabara). Although identical in instrumentation, the two groups at times create opposing and conflicting counterpoints, tensions, and uneasy coexistence. Through barely audible tones, repetition, and extended techniques, this interplay of standpoints is punctuated and gradually enhanced by Beaini at the mixing desk, reaching a cohesive, open geography of human spirit.
The CTM 2016 Opening Concert is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, supported by Music Norway and Institut français.
Mazen Kerbaj is a Lebanese writer, illustrator and musician who has helped break new ground in Beirut's free improvisation and experimental music scenes.
Vincent Moon is an independent French filmmaker and self-described sound explorer. Over the past ten years, he has traveled around the world, discovering and recording everything from Sufism in Chechnya and Ethiopia, Ayahuasca rituals in Peru, trance in Brazil, Jathilan in Indonesia and Len Dong in Vietnam.
Liz Allbee is an American multi-instrumentalist and composer. In her performances she plays trumpet, electronics, conch shells, and tuning forks. Her work is at home in Berlin’s Echtzeit music scene but has loyalties to numerous musical genres, including noise, weird pop, experimental rock, and free jazz.
Lebanese-born producer and DJ Rabih Beaini (formerly known as Morphosis) specializes in grainy, imaginative analogue techno. In the past year however, his Morphine label has telescoped in on key (often overlooked) voices in avant-garde electronic and outernational music.
Senyawa, the duo of Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi, uniquely manages to embody the aural flavours of Javanese music while exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions. In so doing, the music strikes a perfect balance between avant-garde influences and cultural heritage to create truly contemporary Indonesian music.
Ethiopian-born soprano, composer, and Fire! Orchestra member Sofia Jernberg's work across jazz, classical and contemporary music dilates the instrumental possibilities of the voice.
Daniele De Santis is a Berlin-based percussionist, drummer, and electronic music producer from Bari, Italy. Grounded in jazz, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern percussion styles, electronic music, and sound engineering, his work presents a varied series of musical experiences driven by spontaneous multi-instrumentalism and eclecticism.
The prolific Sam Shalabi is a composer and guitar and oud player whose musical output spans jazz and free improvisation to psychedelic avant-rock.
Tommaso Cappellato is a fiercely eclectic Italian drummer, band leader and composer whose work runs the gamut from freeform techno to hip-hop production and jazz improvisation.