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Nov 22

Islaja

21:00–23:59 Madame Claude (Lübbener Straße 19, Berlin) Add this event to a calendar application
Campfire Session

ISLAJA (Experimental ambient folk/FIN)
Islaja is Merja Kokkonen, a Finnish visual artist and musician living and working in Berlin, Germany. She records her music at home using a rainbow of instruments to accompany her personal vocal delivery sang in Finnish. Islaja’s debut album Meritie (2004) gained praise in international music media such as The Wire, Dusted Magazine and WFMU. The follow-up release Palaa aurinkoon (2005) caused even more excitement and created quite a stir. 2007 saw the release of her third album Ulual Yyy on Fonal and a live CD Blaze Mountain Recordings on Ecstatic Peace label. Her latest album is called Keraaminen Pää, released on Fonal in the end of 2010.
She has already played numerous large festivals including Eurosonic, by:Larm, Sonar, Itsenäisyysyö at the B2 club in Moscow, Russia and All Tomorrows Parties 200 curated by Thurston Moore. Animal Collective invited Islaja to play a two week support tour with them in Europe. Islaja is also a member of Hertta Lussu Ässä, a free folk super trio with Lau Nau and Kuupuu.
www.islaja.com

JOZEF VAN WISSEM (Lute/NE)
Composer and lutenist Jozef van Wissem is devoted to what he terms “The Liberation of the Lute”. Taking an experimental approach to Renaissance and Baroque forms of lute music, his compositions for the instrument have involved a dynamic mix of conceptual, minimalist, classical and improvisational strategies, seamlessly bridging the language of 17th century music with that of the 21st, without compromising the timbre and resonance of traditional lute playing techniques.
Over the last two decades, van Wissem has variously used cut-and-paste tactics, field recordings, free improvisation, and createdpalindromic compositions by playing pieces forwards and then backwards. The resulting sound world is at once meditative and surprising, new and arcane. Mirror image melodies are formed that step up and then back down seemingly without end, thus eschewing traditional linear progression and climax, instead maintaining a constant level of intensity. This music doesn’t demand concentrated listening, but rather brings the listener into a state of concentrated listening.
His music is uncluttered and direct, with a viscerally hypnotic and emotional impact,delivered with an ascetic intensity reflected both in his Biblical titles and his No Wave influences. An incessantly touring musician, van Wissem’s hypnotic live shows have taken him all over the world. He has records out on Important Records and his ownIncunabulum label and has collaborated with James Blackshaw, Keiji Haino and Jim Jarmusch amongst others. Van Wissem studied lute in New york with Pat O’Brien and released a classical lute CD A Rose By Any Other Name consisting of anonymous lute pieces. He lectures on “The Liberation of the Lute” (at Harvard, Wesleyan University, Mills College amongst others) and was commissioned byThe National Gallery of London to compose a sound piece to Hans Holbein’s painting The Ambassadors. His work is featured more and more in documentaries and feature films and he recently composed pieces for lute and voice for the new Sims Medieval video game.
http://www.jozefvanwissem.com/

JOE LE TAXI (Psychodelic, expermental, californian surf-folk/Berlin)
http://jocschwarz.wordpress.com/

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