Music From High Wires
A series of live performances and concerts
February 2016 – March 2017, Kampnagel, Hamburg
Invited by Nguyen Phuong-Dan
Music From High Wires #1 with Ghédalia Tazartès
February 12th, 2016, Kampnagel, Hamburg, 20:00
Nguyen Phuong-Dan presents a new series at Kampnagel. He has developed this as part of the One Hundred People Say Umbrella project at the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (together with Anna Sabrina Schmid).
Now at Kampnagel he presents the pioneering greats of art and music and enables them to meet the young generation of creative artists. It kicks off with French avant-garde musician Ghédalia Tazartès, who was born in 1947. He is well known for his genre-busting work, which he likes to call impromuz, and which oscillates between Musique concrète, folk, poetry and noise with its loops, samples, rhythms and vocals. He has been performing solo concerts at selected festivals since 2009, such as the CTM in Berlin and the UNSOUND in Krakow. His performance at Kampnagel will be complemented by a dj-set of the Hamburg group Sky Walking (Lawrence, Richard von der Schulenburg and Christian Naujoks).
Music From High Wires #2 with Groupshow
March 12th, 2016, Kampnagel, Hamburg, 20:00
This is the second instalment of the new Kampnagel series. This piece features a pioneering collaboration between three musicians, about whom our friend and colleague Christoph Gurk writes: Jan Jelinek, Hanno Leichtmann and Andrew Pekler have formed a trio that can justifiably be described as a “supergroup“.
As solo artists, the three of them are among the leading exponents of the metropolitan electro scene. When they take to the stage together, they are interested in the creation of open artistic processes. In their design language the three instrumentalists, themselves moulded by a minimalist musical appreciation, work on the idiom of collective improvisation without boundaries, which is part of a long-standing German tradition, dating back to the days of Fluxus and Krautrock.
Consequently the decision on how the instruments are shared out is still spur of the moment. ‘Jelinek tends to operate computers, effect machines and mixing desk. Leichtmann often hits drums, cymbals and synthetic drum pads and Pekler turns the knobs and controls of his guitar effect machines.’ The result sounds simultaneously radical, enraptured and intensely hypnotic.
The concert will be complemented by a dj-set of Nikae (Golden Pudel Club) & Björn Hartwig (Textem).
Music From High Wires #3 with Weisser Westen
April 14th, 2016, Kampnagel, Hamburg, 20:00
In the third part of the series we welcome two futuristic creatures, who step into the spotlight as Weisser Westen. They come kitted out with Apollonian handicaps – masks and armour between constructivism and Dada. “The Earth is a disc“, they declare, as they proclaim their theories on evolution, alternative genres and technologies, and on art as a real existing parallel universe.
In a world in which we subjugate artistic expression of a relativistic, levelling, unified view, Weisser Westen strikes a blow for artistic stubbornness and megalomaniacal inadequacy. You need to experience the results for yourself. They realise their all-encompassing work of art live with smoke and wind machines, mirrors and spotlights. The evening is framed by moments including a DJ set by visual artist Alison Yip. Moreover, Hamburg artist Thomas Baldischwyler will present his mobile audio installation Sustainable Skip Storage.
Music From High Wires #4 with Toresch
October 21st, 2016, Kampnagel, Hamburg, 20:00
This time the guests include an exciting assortment of artists with strong connections to Düsseldorf’s Salon des Amateurs, appearing as Toresch.
Toresch was formed last year by Detlef Weinrich, Viktoria Wehrmeister and Jan Wagner and if there’s anything that links them to Suba, it’s the fact that they are also cultural adventurers with fascinating backstories.
Weinrich is a resident DJ at Düsseldorf’s Salon des Amateurs club, where his idiosyncratic sets were once described by Resident Advisor as “the stuff of local legend“. He also produces as Tolouse Low Trax and is a member of post-cosmic electro-acoustic band Kreidler. Wehrmeister meanwhile is a Mexico-born sculptor and artist who also played in the band La! Neu? with Klaus Dinger, the inventor of the motorik groove. Live, Weinrich and Wehrmeister are augmented by the visuals of artist Wagner, director of the Filmwerkstatt in Düsseldorf. The recordings for their debut mini-album, Essen Für Alle, were enhanced with mixing and editing by Gordon Pohl of the Kunstkopf label.
Essen Für Alle is a work of dark industry and no small amount of magic, sometimes sinister and austere, sometimes raw and spontaneous – playful, even – and at moments almost tender in its barbed caress. Noises surge in and out of the shadows, mysterious voices murmur disembodied messages and beats hammer and clank like the rhythms of the factory floor as Wehrmeister declaims her mesmeric invocations and this music from the hidden reaches infects the consciousness.
Music From High Wires #5 with Marie Davidson
December 3rd, 2016, Kampnagel, Hamburg, 20:00
This time Nguyen Phuong-Dan hosts Canadian Marie Davidson, who has been an important part of the Montreal electronic music scene since her youth. Alongside collaborative projects like Essaie Pas (DFA Records) or DKMD (Giallo Disco), she has focused more intensely on her solo productions in the last four years. These are built on drum machines, synthesizers and sequencers, as well as her voice – sometimes sung, sometimes spoken, in English and French. Her music is dark, cinematic and alternates between spherical techno and fragile, experimental pop. It will be followed by a DJ set by Hamburg artist Tintin Patrone.
Music From High Wires #6 with Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul
February 10th, 2017, Kampnagel, Hamburg, 20:00
The guests for the sixth edition: Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul. The Belgian band project was created by Marc Hollander (founder of Crammed Discs) and Vincent Kenis, two Brussels musicians. Starting in the late 70s, they released two albums that were far ahead of their time: jazz and rock fused with new wave as well as with influences from traditional non-Western music and avant-garde pop music. Before the concert A.K. Klosowski is playing one of his rare gigs, followed after the concert of Aksak Maboul Hamburg sound artist Felix Kubin closes the night with an exklusive dj set.
Music From High Wires #7 with Carla Dal Forno
March 16th, 2017, Kampnagel, Hamburg, 20:00
Music from High Wires #7, with Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carla Dal Forno. After performing as a member of Fingers, psych-folk duo Tarcar and Melbourne band Mole Mouse, Carla Dal Forno released her first solo album, You Know What It’s Like in 2016. Melodious eighties synth-pop meets dry avant-garde music and late-capitalist tristesse. Followed by a DJ set from Sica.