To varying degrees, Rashad Becker, Thomas Ankersmit, and Sven-Ake Johansson utilise improvisation, microtones (the spaces between the traditional Western 12-note scale), and outer-bounds instrumentation, music styles, and technologies to put forward confrontational new breeds of sound. Without being able to defer to traditional cornerstones of music, such as rhythm, harmony, or melody, Dis Entangle challenges listeners to understand sound through their own immediate, embodied experience of it – from the acute syntax of Becker’s imagined cultural body, to Ankersmit’s exploration of rare synthesizers, alto saxophone’s timbral extremes and electronic hives of micro-sound, and the torrential percussion of pioneering free jazz improviser Sven-Ake Johansson.
Over the years, Rashad Becker has accrued credits on over 1,200 albums as a mastering and cutting engineer at Berlin’s esteemed Dubplates and Mastering, as well as at his own Studio Clunk. As a producer, he has released Traditional Music of a Notional Species Vol. 1 and 2 on PAN, in 2013 and 2016 respectively.
Born in 1943 in Mariestad, Sweden and residing in Berlin since 1968, Sven-Åke Johansson is a composer, poet, percussionist, and visual artist, and a vanguard of the European free improvisation music scene.
CTM Festival are proud to host the world premiere of “Perceptual Geography” by Thomas Ankersmit, a solo performance inspired by - and dedicated to - the pioneering research of legendary American sound artist Maryanne Amacher (1938-2009).