A special double-bill is presented tonight at the newly reopened Festsaal Kreuzberg. Berlin residents and fans of edgy music ranging from indie to hip hop to electronic fondly remember the former Turkish wedding hall turned concert space that hosted many a memorable event before it was irreparably damaged by an electrical fire in Summer 2013. After several years of searching for a new location, Festsaal Kreuzberg will proudly reopen at a venue initiated by the late White Trash, near clubs such as Arena, Chalet and Club der Visionäre.
Elysia Crampton will take the stage at the new venue, in a programme also featuring King Britt. A self-described “Trans-Evangelist”, Bolivian-American Crampton explores Latinx culture, queer identity and its historic roots, subversion of macho cultural tropes and South American spirituality. Her second album, Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City was released this summer and included collaborations with Rabit, Why Be, Lexxi and Chino Amobi.
Philadelphia selector and futurist King Britt will present a live performance in the vein of "SubServe and Protect: A Sonic Response" or "Trigger", both past efforts that represent Britt’s answers to corrupt police incidents in the U.S. Britt’s soundtracks includ pitched-down dispatch and video dialogue from police stops that involved victims such as Sandra Bland and Michael Brown. Pulsating, climax-less soundscapes remove such dialogues from their immediate, sensationalised contexts, all the while maintaining the tension of latent and full-out violence, channeling a complex web of simmering emotions.
What King Britt has done in the past could be considered very important. His curiosity has paved the way for the artist he is now. From creating house tunes for the legendary Strictly Rhythm, DJing for Sector 6 comrades Digable Planets, starting Ovum Recordings with techno wunderkind Josh Wink, being tapped to underscore Michael Mannʼs Miami Vice and various commercials, to curating a full day at MoMA PS1 in New York—the list goes on and on.
Elysia Crampton is a Bolivian-American producer, sound artist and conceptual collagist who performs and speaks around the world. Her music is an ambitious confluence of ideas, synthesising multiple underrepresented histories, geographies, musical genres and cultural signifiers into compelling, colourful sonic material that packs contemporaneous dancefloor weight.
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