A night at Festsaal Kreuzberg will feature cherished club music trendsetters and technology theorists Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst in a special performance together with a vocal ensemble of Berlin-based musicians.
The performance will explore themes of AI and frontiers (technological, geographical, and otherwise) while celebrating community and endorsing hope in the face of despondency. The ensemble compare and contrast the raw, guttural aesthetics of traditional folk singing styles with the humanoid, future-hailing flair of voices sent through synthesis and processing.
In keeping with the commending of alternative types of family and kin, the evening’s other performances will be given by members of the choir, many of whom have their own compelling solo projects. The ensemble is composed of a crew of Berlin-based creatives: Albertine Sarges, houaïda, Josa Peit, Lyra, Marshall Garrett, and UCC Harlo will open the night with short, cabaret-style vignettes.
Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Marshall Vincent is an R&B pop singer, songwriter, and composer based in Berlin. His music aims to capture and explore concepts of love, happiness, grief, depression, and melancholy.
American singer, composer-producer, and performance artist Lyra Pramuk's work is far-arcing by necessity, accomplishing a remarkably broad practice with a brevity of movement.
Few have been as successful in interweaving electronic club sounds, experimental music, and critical reflection as Holly Herndon. Central to her practice is an exploration of the manifold aspects of the increasingly intimate and simultaneously problematic relationship between man and machine.
Jenna Sutela works with words, sounds, and other living materials. Her installations and performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments, often in relation to technology.
houaïda is a producer, composer, performer, and physicist. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to intensively address and alter rigid structures in sound and music, dreaming of a poétique de la relation in a hybrid sonic space.
Albertine Sarges, born 1987 in West-Berlin, is a songwriter and performer. In Berlin she is mostly known as Ossi Viola, the smiling Italian diva with shoulder pads in the synthpop group ITACA. She also plays keyboards for Kat Frankie.
The Berlin-based singer and producer Josa Peit debuted a singular sounding series of lucid vignettes in 2015. Cutting across slo-mo disco, krautrock, and experimental electronica, her EP Constellation is a ride through otherworldly soundscapes that seek to engage you at every turn.
In the project UCC Harlo, Annie Garlid proposes sonic reconciliations between the old and the new and contemplates contemporary relationships to the natural world.