Skaņu Mežs will present 4 Latvian artists as part of ICAS SUITE at the Berlin Music Week – experimental guitarist Edgars Rubenis, digital musician Mārtiņš Roķis, abstract chillout artist Dunian (also known as guitarist from the band Dun Dun) and shitcore artist Kodek. What is even more exciting is that the night will be conducted as collaboration between Skaņu Mežs and Musikprotokoll festival run by Austrian public broadcaster ORF. Musikprotokoll will present the young and promising Iranian ambient music artist Sohrab who is published by the venerable Touch Music label.
ICAS network (International Cities of Advanced Sound) was founded when in total, 30 organisations and festivals on 5 continents joined forces to (co-)create projects and foster discourse, and thereby promote artistic development at the interface of music, art, technology and society. Following the small but splendid ICAS KITCHEN, which cooked up the goods during CTM.11 (Club Transmedialfor several days in the Palomabar, CTM is preparing to cater for a wide array of tastes and foreign tongues during the second Berlin Music Week (7. – 10. September): in the four-day ICAS SUITE, ICAS-member festivals from Europe and North and South America will present a selection of their work and the most exciting artists in their networks at Festsaal Kreuzberg, Monarch, West-Germany, the Palomabar and the new Blumenbar Club.
The ICAS SUITE’s broad musical spectrum reflects ICAS members’ open-ended approach to issues of form encompassing the whole panorama of contemporary and experimental music presently holding out on the fringes of forced marketability. In an eclectic mix of club music, avant-Pop, experiment, listening, noise and improvisation, the ICAS SUITE club nights, concerts and performance gigs showcase established as well as up-and-coming artists from the member festivals’ home turf: a great deal of talent yet to discover.
Networking Tomorrow’s Art for an Unknown Future is the title of a five-year project initiative dedicated to exploring diverse aspects of the future of musical culture, its social role and repercussions, which was launched by the European strand in the network (ECAS – European Cities of Advanced Sound), with funding from the European Commission’s Culture Programme. What is the status quo, which tools are of use in independent cultural production, which measures can be taken to promote self-empowerment, what have we learned to date, what should we leave behind, and what must we take with us into the future? These are only a few of the questions that the initiative seeks to pose – and possibly answer – by commissioning artistic work, convening interdisciplinary symposia, organising network encounters and workshops, and underscoring the lot with the latest in experimental music.
The ICAS SUITE Ticket is available for visitors who want to enjoy the whole programme, along with One-Day Passes or Single Event Tickets. Holders of a Berlin Music Week or Clubnacht Ticket have free entry to all ICAS SUITE events on Friday 9. and Saturday 10. September, venue capacity permitting.
More detailed information will be available shortly at:
In the meantime, it is worth checking out the comprehensive programme of the 2nd Berlin Music Week:
FIRST CONFIRMED ARTISTS
EDGARS RUBENIS (LV)
JAC BÉRROCAL / VINCENT EPPLAY / DAVID FENNEC (FR)
JACOB KORN (DE)
JESS & CRABBE (FR)
MĀRTIŅŠ ROĶIS (LV)
MIDAIRCONDO & MICHALA ØSTERGAARD-NIELSEN (SE)
PETER VAN HOESEN (BE)
SECOUSSE CREW (FR)
and many more…