Music is something that needs to be experienced. It requires excitement, friction, and confrontation. Especially right now, in our current moment, when one existential crisis follows the next—now is the
Music is something that needs to be experienced. It requires excitement, friction, and confrontation. Especially right now, in our current moment, when one existential crisis follows the next—now is the time to show courage, cross boundaries, and blaze new trails. And so A L’ARME! will once again be bringing a host of unwaveringly innovative artists to Berlin for yet another festival of uncompromising sound.
Ten years of A L’ARME!—that means ten years of innovation through improvisation and collaboration, ten years of sound research through physical and acoustic immersion. The big anniversary edition Vol. X will take place from August 10 to 13 at Silent Green as well as Radialsystem in Berlin. This year, the international festival for anything but the status quo or a false sense of security will be more diverse than ever before.
The programme builds a bridge from metal to sound art and electronica all the way to jazz and spoken word. The Norwegian band Shining, whose 2010 album Blackjazz played a decisive role in inspiring us to create A L’ARME!, will perform their fierce avant garde metal.
At Vol. X, this energy will be taken up by artists like the American poet and musician Moor Mother, who, together with an ensemble, will celebrate the world premiere of her work Jazzcodes. Furthermore, the trios of Claire Rousay/Macie Stewart/Ken Vandermark and Anja Lauvdal/Heida Johannesdottir/Maja S.K. Ratkje will both be performing in Berlin for the first time ever. After her acclaimed performance last year, bassist Farida Amadou will be returning with a new ensemble, while drummer Katharina Ernst will premiere her musical collective Ventil’s audio-visual show.
At A L’ARME! Vol. X, the polyphonic chorus of these and many other artists will once again create space for the unexpected, for renewed courage and for new ideas. What perspective can experimental music offer us on the crises of the 21st century? Let’s find out together!
An event by Louis Rastig and Karina Mertin/ABOUTNOW. In cooperation with Radialsystem Berlin. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. With generous support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Funded by NEUSTART KULTUR / Initiative Musik / Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM)
MARIA REICH, EVE RISSER & LAURA TOTENHAGEN *Premiere
Maria Reich (DE), violin
Eve Risser (FR), piano
Laura Totenhagen (DE), voice
Luke Stewart (US), electric bass, electronics
Warren G. Crudup III (US), drums
MILLER / METTLER
Lisa Cay Miller (CN), piano
Vicky Mettler (CN), electric guitar
Katharina Ernst (Berlin/AT), drums, electronics
Peter Kutin (AT), electronics
Florian Kindlinger (AT), electric guitar, electronics
Michael Lahner (AT), synthesizer
Conny Zenk (AT), live visuals
Johanna Baader (AT), vocals
Claire Rousay (US), electronics, voice
DJs ARA & MARYLOU (Berlin)
Surprise act from Ukraine: KOTRA
Dmytro Fedorenko (DE/UA), electronics