Latest Interviews

  • Interview with

    Eilis Frawley

    Classically trained and playing in bands wherever she’s settled in the world, Berlin-based Eilis Frawley (Party Fears, I Drew Blank) may have bags of experience but has only been creating as a solo artist since August 2018. A fast worker, ideas went to recordings and on to record label Reckless Yes, in just a year and debut single ‘illusions’ was released last ...

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    Kate Davis

    Kate Davis’ story is one of elegant artistic evolution. Having grown up in the spotlight as a jazz prodigy, she performed in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble, won ASCAP’s Robert Allen Award, played slots at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and collected fervent endorsements from Herbie Hancock, Ben Folds, Alison Krauss and Jeff Goldblum among others. But — Kate outgrew her accolades. Days ...

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    Moses Boyd

    Double MOBO & Jazz FM Award winner, Moses Boyd’s live and studio collaborations have been as varied as they have been prolific, from touring with Sampha & Kelsey Lu, to drumming on Sons of Kemet’s Mercury-nominated album, to collaborations with Mura Masa and more recently with South African Gqom king DJ Lag, which made its way onto Beyonce’s official soundtrack for The ...

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    Lucia Cadotsch of LIUN + The Science Fiction Band

    LIUN The Science Fiction Band is the creative product of Lucia Cadotsch and Wanja Slavin’s obsessive exploration of the interplay between musical genres and also their own complexly woven reference points. They create a contemporary expression that merges the digital and analogue worlds. It all started in 2012 in a secluded cabin in the forests of Brandenburg when the world was supposed ...

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    Daniel Eichholz of Zafraan Ensemble

    Zafraan Ensemble stands for music that reflects all facets of life, society and reality today. The democratically-organised ensemble constitutes ten fixed members from Spain, France, New Zealand, Australia and Germany. It was founded in Berlin in 2009 and predominantly performs contemporary repertoire that is covered by its core instrumentation of violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, harp, piano and percussion. ...

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    Hillman Mondegreen of Ephemerals

    The essence of ephemerals is hard to define as they are a band that have continuously evolved throughout their four albums to date… Fusing styles including spiritual jazz, psychedelia, and spoken word, to convey an identity that is unmistakably their own. The core of the work is built from the honest and incisive compositions of Hillman Mondegreen combined with the unmistakably emotive ...

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    Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek

    Grup Şimşek is a fresh and modern super-quartett which performs an electrified and highly danceable set of music from Turkey. It combines Anatolian folk and modern grooves, often contaminated by hints of pychedelia, jazz and funk. Led by Derya Yıldırım’s hypnotizing saz and vocals, Grup Şimşek deliver their own interpretation of Turkish jewels (by artists such as Selda Bağcan, Mahzuni Şerif, Özdemir ...

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    Sven Kacirek of ODD OKODDO

    Odd Okoddo is a Kenyan/German duo formed by Olith Ratego and Sven Kacirek. Their debut album “Auma” just came out via Pingipung. Olith Ratego performs his immaculate vocals in the musical style called “dodo”, which originates from the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya, high in pitch and soulfully expressive. He himself refers to his music as “dodo blues”. As a skilled ...

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    Ami Dang

    Amrita “Ami” Kaur Dang is a South Asian-American vocalist, sitarist, composer and producer from Baltimore. Her sound ranges from North Indian classical fused with noise/ambient electronics to beat-driven psych and experimental dancepop. The work references her hybrid identity as a first-generation South Asian-American, Sikh upbringing, musical education, as well as the chaos and spirituality of the landscapes of both Baltimore and urban ...

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    Vanessa Wagner

    Described by the newspaper Le Monde as “the most exquisitely singular pianist of her generation,” Vanessa Wagner is pursuing a career that echoes her original and passionate personality, combining the classical repertoire with contemporary creations, chamber music and the playing of ancient pianos, as well as innovative projects combining art music with video, electronic music and dance. Born in Rennes, Brittany, she ...

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    Mdou Moctar

    Mdou Moctar immediately stands out as one of the most innovative artists in contemporary Saharan music. His unconventional interpretations of Tuareg guitar and have pushed him to the forefront of a crowded scene. Mdou shreds with a relentless and frenetic energy that puts his contemporaries to shame. QUESTIONS: 1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music? I am very inspired by ...

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    Moon Duo

    ‘Stars Are the Light’, the luminous seventh album by the American psych explorers Moon Duo, marks a progression into significantly new territory. From a preoccupation with the transcendental and occult that informed Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada’s guitar-driven psych rock, and reached its apotheosis in the acclaimed ‘Occult Architecture’ diptych, ‘Stars Are the Light’ sees the band synthesize the abstract and metaphysical ...

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    Angela Braun

    Anna Braun is an opera singer taking part in BAM! Festival 2019 with the production ‘The Whale Whale Song‘. As in 2018, BAM! Festival unites a dense programme of outlooks on new paths in music theatre. If BAM! is hardly about opera, yet, it is focusing on theatre forms that still persue opera’s original questions, renewing the search from a contemporary perspective ...

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    Steven Walter

    Steven Walter is a cultural entrepreneur and cellist currently based in Berlin and Esslingen, Germany. Born in 1986, Steven was early to discover his passion for classical music. He started playing the cello at age 8 and soon began performing with various ensembles. After graduating, Steven studied the cello at Barrat Due Institute of Music in Oslo and Musikhochschule Detmold. He has ...

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    SEGMOD

    Segmod is a non-standard sound synthesis that embraces the discrete nature of digital sound. All sounds created with Segmod result from the concatenation of simple periodic waveforms, such as sine, triangle, and square waves. The sixteen contributing composers have employed a vast array of different compositional, aesthetic, and technological strategies, ranging from inaudible sounds, to neural networks, chaotic functions, careful micro-montages, and ...

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