UK jazz scene stalwart Kamaal Williams returns to Berlin following an excellent DJ-Kicks mix that fuses inflections from jazz, soul, funk, grime, and more. He shows off his signature Wu Funk sound live, supported by Uganda’s Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe, an ensemble of eight who simultaneously play the embaire.
Wrapping up an expansive daytime programme is a closing panel reflecting on 10 days of music, debate, and discussion. Participants Graham St John and Sasha Geffen join former and current Discourse co-curators Dahlia Borsche and Anita Jóri to tie together many of the threads woven across CTM 2020 Liminal.
Dark ambient deity descends upon Betonhalle, a former crematorium, to present a rare live performance of his new anti-fascist ritual, Occulting Disk. The project marks the sound engineer and producer’s first release in 15 years.
What is the actual environmental impact of releasing recorded music? How ecologically impactful is touring? What would sustainable nightlife look like? And how to we—as musicians, agents, organisers, listeners—develop green practices? To close out this day of Rethinking Music Ecosystems, Chal Ravens hosts a panel with organisers, artists, and agents, that aims to envision how we could develop greener practices.
The winners of CTM’s annual Radio Lab call present their works tonight. Dani Gal and Ghazi Barakat consider noise and radio jamming with “Altered State Solution.” NUM (Maryam Sirvan and Milad Bagheri) create a three-part suite corresponding to past, present, and future. Afrorack, one of the first people in Africa to build modular synth setups, closes the evening with a dazzling blend of techno, abstraction, and acid.
Opening today’s Rethinking Music Ecosystems thread at 14:00 in the Kunstquartier Bethanien Projektraum is Emma Warren, who presents a talk on her acclaimed self-published book, Make Some Space: Tuning Into Total Refreshment Centre. She will then follow the talk with a workshop titled “How to Document Your Culture;” limited capacity, first come first served.
Congo today faces an increasing demand for cobalt, exploitation by international corporations, and the destruction of the local population’s habitat. “Hercules of Lubumbashi,” an oratorio for 11 Congolese and European musicians, a dancer, and a singer, allows audience members to bear witness to these unsettling Congolese realities.
A lecture by cultural anthropologist Graham St John explores the concept of transformation employed across a variety of cultures, honing in on psytrance, music festivals, and Burning Man in particular. He sets the scene for a programme dedicated to altered states and ecstatic communities, and will be followed by a panel with !luuli, Lucy, and Jessica Ekomane; and a sound bath meditation.