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Two groundbreaking groups from Indonesia appear together on a hefty double bill.
Senyawa, the duo of Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi, returns to Berlin for their first appearance since 2016.
Best known for embodying Javanese music traditions while vaulting through frameworks of experimental music practices, Senyawa strikes a challenging balance between avant-garde influences and cultural heritage. With output such as Acaraki and Menjadi, the pair shared a truly contemporary Indonesian music with the rest of the world, thus becoming pioneers of their local scene.
Comprised of Shabara's deft extended vocal techniques and the frenetic neo-tribal output of instrument builder Suryadi, Senyawa’s sound sees traditional Indonesian instrumentation clash with garage guitar distortion, as strikingly exemplified on their most recent album, Sujud (Sublime Frequencies, 2018).
They are joined by the now-infamous duo of Kasimyn and Ican Harem, aka Gabber Modus Operandi. Straddling the line between the sacred and the banal, their collaboration was born out of a shared obsession for all things high-octane and fast-paced. Since their explosive performance at CTM 2019, Gabber Modus Operandi have also made a name for themselves as trailblazers for a new generation.
In addition to exuberant, raucous live shows, Kas and Ican are best known for exploding the challenging sounds of gabber, footwork, grindcore, and noise with a number of uniquely Indonesian sounds such as jathilan, dangdut koplo, and funkot—as heard on singular, acclaimed releases PUXXXIMAXXX and HOXXXYA.
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