Ecstacic instability, the interplay of sheer force and vulnerability, quiet delicacy shrouding explosive outbursts – an evening with Senyawa and Sote promises a strong affective experience.
Indonesian duo Senyawa return to Berlin after a celebrated appearance this past August since described as "a force-of-nature" (Resident Advisor). Vocal extended-technician Rully Sharbara and instrument maker and player Wukir Suryadi (inventor of the "bamboo spear", a thick bamboo stem circled with strips of thin wood and steel strings) create a sound that pairs traditional Javanese music with noise rock, improv experimentalism, and metal. Sharbara’s multiple-octave range and repertoire of shrieks and growls act at once as intimidation tactics and ecstasy release, and result in a surface as rough as the band’s referential contour is deep. Senyawa appear at CTM 2015 ahead of an upcoming release on Rabih Beaini’s Morphine label.
Joining Senyawa is Teheran-based Sote, whose high-tempo geometrics were put on the map with the 2002 Electric Deaf release on Warp. Sote came out of the woodwork again this September with his Architectonic LP (Morphine Records). The result of a deliberate, premeditated vision and adept craftsmanship, Sote’s music plays like "a hyperkinetic rush of trance-inducing tones and completely unstable, chaotic rhythms woven with supreme guile, intricacy and attention to detailed frequencies that flood the senses." (Boomkat)
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Ata Ebtekar, better known as Sote, is an electronic music composer and sound artist based in Tehran, Iran. Over the last two decades, he has published his work via established labels such as Warp, Sub Rosa, Opal Tapes, Morphine, Digitalis, and Repitch, among others.
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.
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