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15.01.-07.02.2021

TERJE ISUNGSET

ICEMUSIC

The percussionist and composer Terje Isungset first started to use natural elements and materials – such as wood, stone and metal – for his music in the late 80s. From Bergen in Norway, the artist also loves working with the sound of running machines. One of Terje Isungset’s most long-held dreams was to somehow be able to use ice for his music. And so it evolved that Terje was commissioned to play a concert in a frozen waterfall by the “Lillehammer Winter Festival” in 1999. Back then, he decided to incorporate elements from the river as musical instruments into his composition for this performance. The musician used stone and wood, before finally stumbling on the potential of ice – a moment which could be described as the dawn of the “Ice Music Project”. Isungset recorded his first ice music CD called “Iceman is” at the Ice Hotel Sweden in 2000 and set up the “All Ice Records” label in 2005. That very same year, he came up with the idea of holding an Ice Music Festival. The world’s first-ever Ice Music Festival celebrated its premiere in Geilo (Norway) in 2006. In 2007, Terje Isungset launched the first ice music tour of the world, encompassing 33 concerts. Numerous concerts were held around the world (in places as far afield as Japan, China, Russia, India, USA, Canada, Australia and many European countries). His tour from January to March 2018 saw Terje Isungset take to the stage in Munich for the very first time, right here at the whiteBOX in the Werksviertel-Mitte district. Terje Isungset and his team are now about to perform here for the third time!

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ERIC MUTEL

ICEMUSIC

Born in France in 1973, Eric Mutel studied visual art and photography in Paris. The artist currently lives and works in Switzerland. For the past 15 years, Eric Mutel has continuously been active in the world of culture and live stage performances. As the years went by, he began to develop his own highly personal art projects. Transcending many genres, they mainly involved the fields of photography, installation, environmental art, stage design, video, architecture and performance. For some of his current works, which are based on photographic art and approximations of paintings, he uses various elements such as ice, snow, light, nature, landscape, and ultimately images, photos and videos. The artist participated in renowned art residency programs in France and Sweden. He was nominated for the Discovery Award at the “Rencontres de la Photographie” in Arles (France) in 2007. His works have been exhibited at numerous international festivals throughout Europe.

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MEDIENDIENST LEISTUNGSHÖLLE / SEWICIDE

SCHOOLPROJECT "DIGITAL POETRY: CATCHING THE WAVES" and FESTIVAL FINALE | ZOOMING OUT

The MEDIENDIENST LEISTUNGSHÖLLE acts as the Munich base of Klaus Erika Dietl (OK DECAY) and Stephanie Müller (beißpony/ Rag Treasure/ SEWICIDE/ OK DECAY). These two artists are co-founders of YARA e.V. (www.yara-yara.de), a queer-feminist association with the goal of establishing a dialogue with migrants and those who have fled their homeland. When Klaus Erika Dietl and Stephanie Müller join forces, the result is a veritable feast of the visual arts, performance, music, film and social sciences. Collaborative films, music projects, performances, mobile installations and mediation projects are developed in partnership with fellow artists, scientists, schoolchildren and social projects. MEDIENDIENST LEISTUNGSHÖLLE sees itself as a nomadic venue and workshop. The pop stage is transformed into an open workshop for concerts. Klaus Erika Dietl and Stephanie Müller regard their sculptures, sound equipment and mobile backdrop settings as fair game for all forms of creativity – sometimes appearing in video sketches, then mutating into performative props in the public sphere. Over the course of spontaneous encounters, that which has already been created and installed is deconstructed, cut up and disassembled piece by piece. Nothing lasts forever. Nothing stays as it is. Together with passers-by, everything is transformed into disarray and rearranged – the goal being to come up with new perspectives. Since 2015, MEDIENDIENST LEISTUNGHÖLLE is also home to RAGREC – a label for noise interference in text, image and sound. The label’s first release goes by the name ALLIGATOR GOZAIMASU, a record featuring musicians from Japan, South Africa, Hawaii and Ukraine. Their output also includes music compositions for audio dramas, including the soundtrack for Elfriede Jelinek's play ‘Licht im Kasten’ (The Light Box) produced by Bayerischer Rundfunk. At the invitation of the Goethe Institute, an art and music exchange event was held in Indonesia in early 2017. The group’s first feature film – Das Letzte Loch ist der Mund (The Mouth – Our Ultimate Prison) – celebrated its premiere at the Lenbachhaus in Munich in July 2017. Just recently, MEDIENDIENST LEISTUNGSHÖLLE made guest appearances with its latest video sketches and performances at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, at the Kunsthalle Schirn in Frankfurt, at the documenta Halle in Kassel and at the International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen.

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DR: ABHAY ADHIKARI

DIGITAL IDENTITIES STORYTELLING LAB

Dr. Abhay Adhikari is the founder of Digital Identities - a global programme to develop new models of audience engagement. The programme has been commissioned by organisations like the Guardian and Google News Initiative. He also leads the Urban Sustainable Development Lab, which has been named a world changing idea by FastCompany.

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GIULIA RANCATI

DIGITAL IDENTITIES STORYTELLING LAB

Giulia Rancati has 20 years' experience driving innovation in large multinational firms. She currently divides her time working with startups, the private and public sectors to design their next growth strategy and build sustainable business models that create positive social impact. Giulia is passionate about connecting people, projects and ideas to make things happen.

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PADMA PRIYA

DIGITAL IDENTITIES STORYTELLING LAB

Padma Priya is the co-founder of the media startup Suno India, a multilingual-multigenerational podcast platform. She has written for leading media houses such as The Hindu, The Wire, IndiaSpend. She has also worked as an advocacy and communication specialist for Doctors Without Borders.

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SHARNA JACKSON

DIGITAL IDENTITIES STORYTELLING LAB

Sharna Jackson is a project director, curator and writer with 15 years’ experience of developing and delivering socially-engaged digital initiatives within culture and publishing. She founded Tate Kids for Tate Galleries and was the Director of Creative and Content at Hopster, a TV and Learning platform. Sharna is also a writer of art activity books and her debut novel will be published in spring 2019. Sharna has recently been appointed Artist Director at SITE Gallery.

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YVES PEITZNER

DIGITAL POETRY: distorted vanity

Yves Peitzner lives and works in Munich where, among other things, he has staged the interactive distorted vanity performance at the Haus der Kunst. The artist studied art, design and film in London, where he also founded his first production company – thereby launching his career as a creative director. Following his return to Germany, the all-rounder opened an agency for viral marketing dedicated to promoting a brand or individual via social media channels. In addition to art videos and performances, Yves Peitzner also produces music videos and commercials (for cars, hotels, kitchens etc.). Avowedly non-judgemental – a rare trait among artists – he operates at the interface between art and commerce.

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MARTIN MAYR & QUIRIN EMPL

DIGITAL POETRY: distorted vanity

The duo mayer+empl specialises in 3D video mapping. Equipped with (mobile) lines of white rays, the duo scans the architectural conditions of an interior or urban space in the darkness, thereby creating entirely new experiential spaces. Both graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich have a deep understanding of architecture and their works convey it as a “living, sensitive organism”. For their interactive light installation kleines_k, for example, a darkened room at the Academy building in Munich was visually reconstructed via light (lines and surfaces) and deconstructed again via the acoustic stimulation of the people present: The rooms depicted in the duo’s installations can almost begin to “dance” by instilling them with music. Acoustic monitors record the room’s oscillations, which are visually transmitted to the architecture in real time. Martin Mayer and Quirin Empl have expanded the concept of light art with this system.

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RICK RUMMLER

DIGITALE POESIE: distorted vanity

Rick Rummler sees himself as a practitioner and enhancer of “healing art” in its original sense. In his psycho-therapeutic medical practice in Munich, he has been combining depth psychological, systemic, and body-psycho-therapeutic work with the effects of self-created, trance-inducing music and healing rituals for more than 20 years. The art of healing consists of the will of the researcher (in the therapeutic context: the client) to contact his very own powers and thereby allow personal growth and progress. It’s the enthusiasm to awaken every human’s (healing) powers that inspires Rick Rummler to conceptualize and celebrate concerts with an archaic ritual effect, installations, and partially multi-medial art performances (also as a founding member of the NONO Orchestra). The use of his suggestive music created by unusual soundscapes – like the steel cello or the glass harp – breaks completely new ground for his audience.

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ANNA BLUMENKRANZ

CHILDREN`S WORKSHOP "MAKERSPACE WEARBALES"

Anna Blumenkranz is a media artist and educator who is active in the field of wearable technology and electronic textiles. She has been teaching at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich since 2011 and is highly active in the Munich maker scene. The artist has many years of experience in the conceptual design and execution of workshops, where she makes technology and creativity more accessible to children and adults. Her book “Wearables für Maker” was published in May 2017. Anna Blumenkranz collaborates with various international institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the University of St. Gallen, the Bavarian National Museum and PLATFORM in Munich.

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RALF SCHMID

PYANOOK

Ralf Schmid is a pianist, pioneer and sonic explorer. His futuristic piano recital is called PYANOOK. He started his big musical expedition into the unknown 15 years ago, fully immersing himself into his instrument and creating new sounds using toys, kitchen utensils and table tennis balls. He attached a microphone to his grand piano, used pedals for guitar effects and prepared his instruments in the style favoured by John Cage. This opened up a whole new world of sound combinations based on the timeless timbre of the grand piano. Fabian Russ from the Radialsystem in Berlin introduced him to Mi.Mu data gloves back in 2015. Schmid tried them out and was immediately enamoured. He overhauled his setup and took it with him to an Artist-in-Residence sojourn in Norway, where he composed a suite inspired by the four natural elements. He called the movements AIRA, EARTHLOOP, WATERBORNE and FIREFLYER. The producer Michele Locatelli and the light and stage designer Pietro Cardarelli joined his team. Cardarelli created seven cloud-like sculptures as the principal theme for the stage, transforming the sounds of PYANOOK into colours and figures. Schmid draws a lot of inspiration from musical greats such as Horowitz or Jarrett, and was also influenced by the orchestral opulence of Richard Strauss or Béla Bartok. Feted both in the USA and in many European countries, he has worked with a host of musical luminaries such as Herbie Hancock, Daniel Hope and Whitney Houston. A master of many trades – such as light design, video art and stage artistry – Pietro Cardarelli rounds off his project concept by contributing a multitude of visual components which encapsulate the pianist's movement sequences like a dream landscape. Thanks to this approach, PYANOOK may well be remembered as one of the most daring audio-visual styles of the 21st century.
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ALAIN ROCHE

PIANO VERTICAL

The composer and pianist Alain Roche studied at the École des Musiques Actuelles in Geneva. His wide experience in dance and theatre inspired him to create a unique musical style, which he incorporates into his compositions and improvisations. For his extraordinary PIANO VERTICAL project, Alain Roche has transformed playing the piano into a full-body experience, where he not only has to come up with the musical wherewithal but also be in top physical shape. Originally hailing from Switzerland, he launched the project in 2013 and has ever since been touring with his vertically suspended grand piano, having hovered high inside churches, on construction sites or set against a beautiful mountain backdrop. This bizarre spectacle has led to performances worldwide, in places as disparate as Italy, France, China and New Zealand.
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LAWRENCE MALSTAF

SHRINK

Lawrence was born in 1972 in Bruges (Belgium) and lives currently in Tromsø (Norway). The work of him is situated on the borderline between the visual and the theatrical. He develops installation and performance art with a strong focus on movement, coincidence, order and chaos, and immersive sensorial rooms for individual visitors. He also creates larger mobile environments dealing with space and orientation, often using the visitor as a co-actor. His projects involve physics and technology as a point of departure or inspiration and as a means for activating installations.

Lawrence Malstaf has received several international awards in the field of art and new technology. He is also well known as an innovative scenographer in the dance and theater world. In 2008 he receives the Witteveen + Bos - prize for Art + Technology (NL), in 2009 the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica (A) and in 2010 the Excellence Prize at The 13th Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo (JP). In 2011 his project 'Pavilion' is selected for iMinds Art&D call (B). In 2013 he wins the Norwegian Hedda Prize for best scenography with his design for The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass and made the scenograhpy for the award winning show 'Visning' by Jon Tombre and Cecile Løveid in 2014.

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LAILA SKOVMAND

AQUASONIC

Laila Skovmands’s output as an artist is marked by an insatiable curiosity and open-mindedness, resulting in her unusual vocal and compositional innovations. As a performance artist, singer and composer, she has assumed the role of the missing link between individual styles and media. She explores the boundaries of the human experience in her quest to question and challenge limitations and restrictive perspectives. Her artistic process stems from an intuitive method combined with the skills of an artisan and an almost scientific search for a new sound and new forms of expression.

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ROBERT KARLSSON

AQUASONIC

Robert Karlsson works for the Danish music ensemble “Between Music” as innovative director, assistant artistic director and a performer. Having studied the violin and viola, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark in 2004. Thanks to his work, a potpourri that stretches from classical to avant-garde rock to minimalist theatre music, Robert Karlsson has created his own sound, and carved out a niche for himself as a “multi violist” in the Danish music and theatre scene. Robert Karlsson’s playing style and delight in invention and discovery are highly infectious.

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EMMANUEL WITZTHUM

DISSOLVING LOCALITIES

Emmanuel Witzthum is a multidisciplinary artist who currently lives in Israel, where he is the Global Arts Digital Project Manager for the British Council. He also works as a musician, composer and lecturer. During his many years of management experience, he has developed and guided projects all over the world, collaborating with a variety of global partners. These range from Google Israel and the Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California, to international institutions, start-ups and festivals such as the Future en Seine in Paris. Emmanuel Witzthum studied viola under Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet at the Manhattan School of Music and composition under Dr. Nils Vigeland. To name but a few, he has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York, the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Berlin in Asia, the USA, Europe and Israel.

In addition to his artistic projects, Emmanuel Witzthum gives talks on arts management, artists as entrepreneurs and the future of art in the era of Web 2.0. He is passionate about his goal to combine technology, creativity and innovation, to establish platforms and interfaces for intercultural dialogue and to expand the creative community. He has also created several artistic digital platforms, such as mixthecity.com, mixthebody.britishcouncil.org and mixtheplay.britishcouncil.org.

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ARIK FUTTERMAN

DISSOLVING LOCALITIES

Photographer, vj and video editor, member of the Jerusalem Artists’ Collective "No-Coast" and "Or Ganuz". He works on video documentation of the city of Jerusalem. Futterman presented his works at various exhibitions in Israel and abroad. Creator of visual art for various musical projects. Lecturer on video mapping and video art at the Musrara Nagar School of the arts in Jerusalem.

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THOMAS KÖNER

Thomas Köner (b. 1965 in Bochum, Germany) studied at Musikhochschule Dortmund and CEM Studio Arnhem. He is a distinctive figure in the fields of contemporary music, techno and multimedia art, working across the spheres of composition, visual arts, installation work and music production. For more than three decades his work has been internationally recognised and he excelled in all the areas of his artistic activity, receiving awards such as Golden Nica Ars Electronica (Linz), Transmediale Award (Berlin), Best Young Artist at ARCO (Madrid), and many more. His familiarity with both the visual and sonic arts resulted in numerous commissions to create music for silent films for the Auditorium du Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou, and others. Likewise, he created installations for diverse situations for example ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Art, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago de Chile, to name a few. His works are part of the collections of significant museums such as Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou Paris, Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal.

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TATJANA BUSCH

FESTIVAL FINALE | BUBBLES

Tatjana Busch lives in Munich. She studied visual communication at the Independent University of Graphic Design and Fine Arts in Freiburg from 1981 to 1986. She went on to become art director at Publicis in Munich. She subsequently participated in several class discussions about her work with renowned professors at the Academy of Fine Arts. The artist’s focus increasingly shifted towards the experimental use of paper and the topics of architecture and urban development. Tatjana Busch participated in exhibitions in Germany and the USA as well as in the Palazzo Bembo as part of the Venice Biennale. The artist was awarded the Haus der Kunst Prize in 2007.

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Michaela Kadlčíková

FESTIVAL FINALE | BUBBLES

Michaela Kadlčíková was born in Czech Republic, where she danced balet and show dance since an early age. At the age of fifteen she started her dance education at Prague, where she studied dance theatre and choreography at the Duncan Centre Conservatory. Later, her career took her to New York City, where she studied at the Jose Limon Institute and the Capezio perridance centre. She recently graduated from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) and now works as a performer for the Lenka Vagnerova & Company dance theatre in Prague. She is also a part of other ongoing dance projects and performances such as the "Who is Frau Troffea" project by Ceren Oran and others.

 

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LEICHTMETALL

FESTIVAL FINALE | ZOOMING OUT

Leichtmetall are an electropop duo fronted by Marion Dimbath and Anja Morell, both of whom hail from Munich. Minimalistic and poetic, their music is a mix of crossover sounds – featuring whimsical German lyrics – with stereo singing and glockenspiel. Be there to hear their perfect harmony of synthesisers and brass instruments, ukuleles or accordions, punctuated by the unparalleled sound of the glockenspiel.

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HUGO SIEGMETH & AXEL WOLF

FESTIVAL FINALE | ZOOMING OUT

Hugo Siegmeth describes himself as a European jazz musician for whom it is second nature to use classical music as a canvas for improvisation. He was awarded the Bavarian Jazz Promotion Prize in 1998 and the New Generation Award by the Bayerischer Rundfunk broadcasting organisation in 2001. His music can be savoured at international festivals and on stages throughout the world, not only as a soloist, but also accompanied by his Passacaglia ensemble and jazz quartet. Siegmeth has also been composing and producing film music since 2006. Axel Wolf, winner of an Echo Award (2013, Classic without Borders) and internationally acclaimed lutenist, is one of the most renowned proponents of his instrument. The spectrum of his musical output covers everything from solo performances to chamber music all the way up to the opera pit. During his varied career, he has worked with conductors such as Peter Schreier and Enoch zu Guttenberg on opera, concert and CD productions. The two ‘musical brothers in spirit’ Axel Wolf and Hugo Siegmeth will present their ‘FLOW’ performance at the festival finale. Together they will take to the stage to pay homage to works by Claudio Monteverdi, George Gershwin, John Dowland and Miles Davis, to name but a few. Intensive and free, this promises to be a confluence of styles. With their no-holds-barred approach to music making, Hugo Siegmeth and Axel Wolf create mini masterpieces – timeless music from melodious wood.

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SPUI`MANOVAS

FESTIVAL FINALE | ZOOMING OUT

As part of their musical power show, the Spui´maNovas pump out cheeky, Bavarian dance music with an unconventional line-up of traditional and modern instruments.

The name Spui'maNovas is derived from an audience’s demand for an encore and ‘bossa nova’, which is testament to their desire to try out something new and make dance music in addition to traditional sounds. Fronted by Stefan Straubinger, Spui'maNovas melds the old and the new by packing self-composed pieces and traditional melodies into the grooviest of groovy arrangements. With a background deeply steeped in Bavarian folk music, his eclectic musical styles never cease to amaze and inspire.

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JISR // BRÜCKE

FESTIVAL FINALE | ZOOMING OUT

JISR is the Arabic word for bridge. This is also the name of the international ensemble built around the Moroccan-born, Munich-based musician Mohcine Ramdan. Deeply rooted in various musical cultures, the quintet's crossover music, spanning geographical and cultural frontiers, culminates in a cosmopolitan sound coupled with audible and perceptible musical virtuosity. Featuring rhythms and melodies from several musical genres and top-class musicians, the ensemble has once again embarked on musical voyages of discovery around the world with a suitcase brimming with Oriental, Afro, Balkan, tango, jazz and classic sounds – the pinnacle of musical variation and improvisation.

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TITUS WALDENFELS & MARGRETH AUßERLECHNER

FESTIVAL FINALE | ZOOMING OUT

Is it possible for a hit song by Catarina Valente to sound threatening? Yes, I was aware of that right away. Even if nobody is nobody's property, as the immortal Gothic beat song ‘You Don't Own Me’ from the 60s maintains, we are nowhere near experiencing Irving Berlin's fabled ‘Blue Skies’. Songs about freedom or the absence thereof, sung by Margreth Außerlechner in a humorous, sinister, mellow or biting manner, with an abundance of spontaneity and improvisational flair. She brings to the stage an unbridled enthusiasm, dating back to her roots as an Austrian folk musician, coupled with the wealth of experience accumulated by a secondary school teacher. With a hefty dose of grandiose musicality, she will present an evening of song that is dazzlingly entertaining, but also contains a few grains of solemnity – which at the very latest will come to the fore when Ms. Außerlechner conjures up threatening tones from the theremin, a flashback to the crime thriller music of the 50s! Titus Waldenfels will accompany and complement her in a myriad of ways, virtuosic and autonomous, but always in a style that is conducive to the chosen song and the evening’s vibe.

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GISE

FESTIVAL FINALE | ZOOMING OUT

Gíse is made up of Tom Wörndl (guitar and vocals) and Hanna Sikasa (vocals). A grubby, warm, bellowing guitar and two voices with a rare sense of chemistry. Simple raw songs which, when you listen closely, are dripping with influence from the greats of old. Some chords are reminiscent of jazz, and some have the energy of stoner rock, so if you really have to put a label on their style of music, ‘stoner jazz’ would be the obvious choice. Enough of all this pigeonholing malarkey, why not come see them play and make up your own mind?

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FALLWANDER

FESTIVAL FINALE | ZOOMING OUT

In their duo project Fallwander, composer Theresa Zaremba and violinist Teresa Allgaier create a free artistic space for themselves. They develop abstract contexts and song forms in correlation with their arsenal of instruments while always maintaining a sense for chamber music. An aesthetic emerges on the fringe of pop, moving through acoustic and electronic sound worlds. Simultaneously subtle yet harsh, remote yet emotional. Their first program documents the development of a duo striving towards authenticity in person and music.

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ARDEN

FESTIVAL FINALE | ZOOMING OUT

Arden creates sensual, spheric soundstructures. The harpist, singer, composer and producer develops all sounds with her instruments harp and voice. She uses loops, layers, works the harp with mallets, modifies it with paper, chains and all kinds of mufflers and spans a sky of elysian choirs above it all. The result is a sound experience that draws you in like a gentle embrace.

 

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THE HERCULES AND LEO CASE

FESTIVAL FINALE | ZOOMING OUT

What does it mean to have a voice? When does a voice become a good voice? When deployed in a versatile manner, dissected, deconstructed, rhythmatised and enhanced by media, the human voice morphs into an instrument for artistic research.

The Hercules and Leo Case take their name from a court case in New York that tried to claim human rights for two captive chimpanzees named Hercules and Leo. That case not only inspired their name, but also symbolises the collective’s mission: giving a voice to the unheard, shining a light on the outrageous and concealing the invisible with the goal of lending a voice to the inconceivable.

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VERENA MARISA

FESTIVAL FINALE | ZOOMING OUT

Verena Marisa is an award-winning German-Brazilian composer, sound artist and multi-instrumentalist. She is an expert performer of the theremin – an early electronic instrument, which is played without touching it.  

Verena has composed the score for various feature films. She has worked repeatedly with directors Rainer Kaufmann and Golden Globe-nominee Max Färberböck.

OPERATION ZUCKER won Best Picture at the German Television Award and was nominated for the prestigious Grimme Award. Verena co-composed the score with LOLA-winner Gerd Baumann.

Her orchestral work NEW ERA was successfully premiered at Munich Philharmonic Hall in front of 3000 spectators. MORPHOLOGY for theremin & string orchestra premiered at Tonhalle München with great critical acclaim ("one of the best new works", NMZ). She has composed for Neuköllner Oper in Berlin and Schauspiel Frankfurt, among others, with director Ersan Mondtag.

As a performer Verena has appeared at festivals of various genres and styles, including Jazz, Pop, New Music, Gothic, theater and film. With the theremin she was featured as orchestral soloist at Völkerschlachtdenkmal in Leipzig. Verena is the first thereminist to compose an entire solo concert program for this unique instrument, and continues to present it throughout Europe.  

She is also the founder and creative leader of the improv band CLÆNG, and part of the duo parasights with Konrad Sziedat, percussionist of household utensils.

 

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LOVEMEN

FESTIVAL FINALE | OUT OF THE BOX DANCE NIGHT

LOVEMEN unleash the elemental force of their unbridled dance power with extroverted synthesisers, a super-cool single-note guitar and a cheeky wink. The three musicians on six instruments create a daredevil world brimming with enthusiasm and optimism. Their forceful sound glistens and turns like a disco ball and the lead singer’s voice will tug at your heartstrings. The three Munich musicians Maximilian Höcherl, Manfred Mildenberger and Lukas Häfner have been constantly tweaking their songs since the autumn of 2017. Not in vain, as evidenced by the release of their debut EP “Move On” in 2019. With 7 unique tracks, they catapult the vibe of the 80s onto the dance floors of the present day. Mischievous and danceable to the core, they add their own inimitable spin to the clichés of the disco era, and are guaranteed to raise the roof of stuffy clubs and festival marquees. Their irresistible combination of drums, Moog bass, analogue synthesiser, baritone guitar, vocoder and vocals make their sound meaty, compact and invincible – genuinely a cut above the rest.

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MADSIUS OVANDA

FESTIVAL FINALE | OUT OF THE BOX DANCE NIGHT

Madsius Ovanda is the indie-R&B / dream pop band fronted by Pia Ovanda and Carina Madsius. Their music follows a clear shared vision: capturing the inexplicable and providing space for the subtle beauty that emerges when people trust each other. Madsius Ovanda write and produce all their own songs – and they complement each other perfectly. Through their music, they have created a common musical habitat that merges similar preferences and influences: It’s a place inspired by the complexity of Little Dragon, James Blake or Tame Impala, but the group always remains true to a pop attitude that is highly reminiscent of Jorja Smith or Maggie Rogers. Playful choruses interweave with ecstatic beats and vibey hooks, while analogue synthesiser sounds and pulsating bass lines instill their songs with radiant colours. The two multi-instrumentalists have long since bid adieu to their status as relative unknowns on the music scene. As songwriters and musicians, they have collaborated with artists such as Noah Slee, Akua Naru, Lxandra, Tom Gregory, WILDES, Lea, Jazzrausch Bigband, VKKO and many more.

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