The second stage at YAAM on CTM Festival’s opening weekend will be the site of a launch event for Auferstehung, the debut album of Berlin-based post-industrial duo OAKE. Co-curated by the duo and CTM, the event will feature live acts by a number of similarly-minded artists and friends from Berlin and abroad.
After an introductory guitar-only set by Franz Bargmann, OAKE will celebrate and offer a taste of Auferstehung with the premiere of a new stage performance. Linking their uncompromising, echoey techno patches with aimless, dripping vocals to conjure up an occultist, immersive time warp, their performance takes the form of a dance piece choreographed by OAKE’s Bathseba Sienknecht.
Downwards label accomplice Grebenstein punctuates otherwise palid, plummeting soundscapes with moments of colour in his use of rounded, overtone-rich percussion. Very little is known about the enigmatic producer behind the debut, self-titled release. In any case, Grebenstein, already appearing on bills headlined by established experimentalists such as Diamond Version, Emptyset, and Grischa Lichtenberger, looks to be off to a promising start.
Polish artist-gone-viral Zamilska will perform music from her latest release, aptly titled Untune. The album is marked by heavy-handed, sludgy beats whose military, arduous quality is reflected in several of the track names (“Army,” “Effort,” “Enemy,” “Flag.”). Zamilska's appearance is part of a collaboration with Unsound Festival in Krakow, which strives to offer a representation of the vibrant music scene in Poland.
Newly Berlin Current-supported hauntologists Shaddah Tuum perform their own take on "black radiance," or the iridescent codependence of agony and ecstasy. Collaborators Nicolas Lefort and Brandon Rosenbluth create gasping, charry techno hybrids with a clear blood lineage to the electronic-industrial dance resurgence of recent years.
The night is rounded-out by KerriOake, a special b2b DJ-set by Eric Sienknecht of OAKE and fellow Downwards artist Samuel Kerridge.
Zamilska is presented within SHAPE, a new 3-year initiative co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, which unites 16 likeminded organisations in supporting emerging experimental sound-based artists in Europe .
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