/// Live Performances
We're excited to present the talented artists performing at Signals Festival 2021 - live from the Funkhaus and online.
First announcements of performances and DJ sets are below, more TBA!
BORA, ROMEO & HELLION
BORA is a French-born multidimensional artist whose practice spans animation, performance, music, sculpture and painting. The worlds she creates are an expansion of her inner space – they shape and figure her emotions when words sometimes cannot. Her universe is an immersion into an organic process, where you can hear a human being and its inner bodily and mental ﬂuctuations. Through her audiovisual universe she explores layers of identity, captures ﬂesh, its core and unconscious mechanisms. Her quest is to create and unravel a safe space for digital intimacy. BORA is a ritual, an attempt on existence.
ROMEO & HELLION is a collaborative performance project by Slovak artists Miriama Kardosova and Jan Vincent Durina. After a long-term collaboration, the artists started working as a duo in 2019 and premiered their epic audiovisual piece "Additional Feel" this summer. ROMEO & HELLION serves them as a platform for experimentation, collective exploration, connection and creation. Their surreal audiovisual pieces, performances and happenings combine sound, music, movement, costumes, photography, video and drawing.
BORA, ROMEO & HELLION will perform an immersive live show with costumes.
presents 'THE SLOB SHOW'
Come and join THE SLOB SHOW by BoLs/sLoB. Prepare yourself for a mix of high thrill bangers and atmospheric tracks played, mixed and sung by the Prague’s up and coming artist live! BoLs/sLoB’s use of voice modulation and PC music, glitch, hyper-pop and post club inspired tracks will definitely lift you up and make you wanna rave! The musician played already in clubs around Prague and Czech Republic but now he’s coming to Berlin to destroy and conquer! The expression "Blood, sweat and tears..." is in this case literal because you can bet that BoLs will be moving the crowd left, right and center. So come and see it for yourself, it's gonna be a real SLOB SHOW!
elisanyhm is a DJ and sound artist currently living in Berlin. After completing a Diploma in Electronic Music Production at Catalyst Berlin, she studied Sound Arts at the Bern University of the Arts in Switzerland. elisanyhm’s DJ sets are a blend of different genres such as experimental, electronica and ambient, mostly influenced by artists such as Yves Tumor, Broshuda, aircode, ssaliva and Bendik Giske. Alongside her project called elisanyhm, she is working on techno under the alias Puma. She is also curating techno podcasts under the name Laranja, a project with which she created and co-edited a one-time magazine issue.
elisanyhm presents a hybrid DJ set using Ableton Live to merge her own sounds and samples with existing tracks. Increasing possibilities with musical experimentation, she will create a certain time-space, a mood: to offer tenderness, a refuge, or confrontation.
Emme Moises is a composer and live performer of electronic music, avid reader of science fiction and proud plant-mother. Hailing from Argentina and currently living in Berlin, the musician explores the deep sonic soundscapes of the universe through the use of synthesizers and experimentation.
Emme Moises delights us with a live audiovisual ambient set.
GhostRaum is an art and research studio, based in Berlin since 2017. GhostRaum defines itself as a versatile artist collective engaged in various research fields, for the exploration of new languages and technologies. They create installations involving both technical and sculptural characteristics, to ignite the effect of sliding out of time and space, creating journeys or passages into “other worlds”, mirroring reality, and inviting visitors to feel their own multidimensionality and participation in all streams of life. The technical approach often engages bending physics and human perception to encounter a “sweet spot”, a doorway, where one slides out of the known logic. The digital realm and the physical performance, the organic and the virtual, are combined in order to offer a place where we leave the world of intellectual perspective for a dive into a physical and instinctive appropriation of a new territory.
For Signals Festival 2021, GhostRaum will present a performative installation work. During this journey, through incarnation(s) and elevation, density of matter and abstraction, we shall visit states of life, harmony, cosmos and void.
Gina Lo & Felipe Vareschi
present 'A Temple in Space'
A Temple in Space is an electroacoustic improvisation that explores the musical dialogue between the tangible and the invisible, the dynamic of the leading and the following, an open invitation to the audiences to enter another dimension with the artist. Designed and performed by Gina Lo and Felipe Vareschi, the performance reflects upon gestures associated with everyday tangible items, like water, straws, containers and grains. The artists elevate these recognizable yet often neglected sounds through a continuous dialogue with a series of electronic instruments with sound healing ingredients. The final result is a hypnotic and otherworldly soundscape that shifts from percussive gestures to interwoven noisy textures and fragile harmonies.
Gina Lo is a Berlin-based experimental sound artist, musician and performer. Her live set is made of electroacoustic improvisation with a blend of field recording, modular synth, microphones and abstract vocals. Aside from producing and performing, her atmospheric sound design has also led her to score soundtracks for short films this year, some of which will soon be released.
Felipe Vareschi is an experimental electronic musician and performer currently based in Berlin. Their music explores the relationship between people and objects, with a particular focus on the interactions between individuals, technology and nature.
With a focus on groove, momentum and rhythmic variation, Koko Fonic aims to deliver flow filled moments of cinematic, sonic drama. You can expect a fine selection of tracks, mixed together to instil an experience of connection.
Labels affiliated with: Laranja, Helical Scan
Lithium is a Berlin-based, Beijing-born musician and composer. Coming from a classical music background and being introduced to the electronic music world later on, her musical creations focus primarily on harmonic and melodic composition for electroacoustic arrangements. Keeping an emotional and expressive feeling within her solo piano pieces, her musical practice involves experimental electronic elements like drone, noise or glitch. She is passionate about digging into hardware synthesizers for their more original sound and playful technique.
Lithium presents a piano-based performance, focusing on letting the discordant notes interact with multiple samples.
Rhythmic, rough and dark scenarios identify their art, and psychological twists are at the base of their performances. Interdisciplinary artist and Dry Berlin co-founder MISTICA seeks a clear vision of the limbo between life and death, using a ritualistic way of liberating the soul from anxiety by aiming for a positive disintegration.
MISTICA introduces 'Frame of Perception' - a layered, distorted and futuristic experimental DJ set, with the intention of blurring the lines between reality and the virtual world.
Sarah Kivi is a Finnish-Iranian singer, producer, and ever-captivating performer who seamlessly mixes playfulness and vulnerability in her work. She is known for merging together various styles of music, from light pop, to distorted break beats with dusty and soulful vocals as she is constantly creating her own multi-genre space keeping her work fresh, impactful and unique. 'Honor thy error as a hidden intention' is a concept Sarah has embraced as part of her creative process. As an artist, Sarah consistently demonstrates that she is not afraid to take risks - her experimental and genre-defying style is in constant evolution, and it’s clear that her power lies in not only being an enchanting vocalist and performer, but an independent composer who is not beholden to anyone’s expectations.
Sarah Kivi performs a set of old and new unreleased experimental electronic pop with vocals.
SAFSUFA is a multi-genre DJ who mixes electronic Arab beats, and sounds of Bedouin Dahiya with House, Techno, Acid and some Hip-Hop. SAFSUFA comes from a Bedouin-Palestinian family and grew up in the south of Israel. He started his DJing journey in the Jerusalem club scene, where he was inspired to transcribe his different backgrounds and identities into music. For SAFSUFA music is a political act; giving space to traditional music he grew up with; focusing on bringing people together; as a protest against segregation and prejudice.
SAFSUFA presents a DJ SET that will reflect a conversation between the past and the future, and will present the mesmerizing color range of the unknown. A conversation that never happened, but takes place every day with the guidance of beautiful souls that surround SAFSUFA every day on earth and from above in the sky.
Solving Mazes is a duo of Konrad Daszczyński and Artur Pasco. In their music and improvisations they openly refer to being inspired by the heritage of jazz, fusion and progressive rock. Maze solving is the activity of finding your way through a maze from start to finish. Likewise, intricate compositions based on many time signature changes and extended harmonies are a kind of musical puzzle which the musicians face on stage. This stimulating struggle with their own limits is the basic motivation for the existence of this musical project.
Artur Pasco is a drummer from Gdańsk, graduate of the Academy of Music, Jazz and Stage Music Faculty, winner of the main prize in the XIX Gdynia Ucho National Competition of Young Jazz Bands. He took lessons with such masters as Greg Hutchinson, Kendrick Scott, Thomas Stronen, Mike Moreno, John Escreet, Matt Penman. He is currently a student at Catalyst, majoring in Creative Music Production.
Konrad Daszczyński is a Guitar player from Gdańsk, Poland. Starting to play at the age of 15 years old, he was heavily influenced by classic rock era guitar heroes like Jimmy Page, David Gilmour or Jimi Hendrix. During the past years he was an active musician around Gdańsk, taking part in local musical projects, running weekly jam sessions and working as a guitar teacher.
Ytotiany & Shoro
Ytotiany & Shoro perform a live show that combines traditional Mexican instruments, looping and singing with electronic beats. The result is reminiscent of the acoustic minimalism, rhythmic lyricism and unapologetic emotion of décima poets of Mexico and the Caribbean, reinterpreted through electronic music resources, with beats that could belong in a 90s reggaeton album and looping dynamics that are sure to get you off your feet and into the dance-floor. Both tongue-in-cheek and melancholic, you can recognize in their music the strong Mexican roots and attachment to the singer-songwriter tradition of the Latin American Continent, infused with the energy of a Berlin dance party.
Itotiani is a musician, writer and filmmaker born in Veracruz, Mexico. They started playing son jarocho (traditional Mexican) music and writing lyrics as a coping mechanism in their teenage years. Over time, they created a sound of their own: Mixing elements of cumbia, acoustic reggaeton and traditional Mexican poetry with R&B, hip-hop and contemporary Latin-American rhythms.
Shoro is a musician, producer, and audio programmer born in Chicago, USA. They work with various hardware and software and enjoy experimenting with synths, resampling, and other elements of electronic music; overlapping samples and effects to create otherworldly yet funky textures that adapt to various genres.
/// About Signals Festival
Exploring art and technology, Signals Festival is an annual showcase of Catalyst Berlin’s emerging and diverse creative communities. A non-profit, educational event with live performances, installations, screenings, workshops and in-depth dialogue
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