Like a ferry Abarra swings between the shores of apparent opposites, transporting the most beautiful of both worlds:
East and West, traditional and modern, acoustic and electronic, Arabic and German.
The music offers a view into the depths and lets you experience that below the surface of the water the earth is one connected whole.
Let yourself dive deep with traditional Arabic music, electronic dance music, dabke, oud, Saz, raq, saxophone, clarinet, and many more…
Who does not know Acne Kid Joe yet? Sarah, Matti, Peter & René have built an oncoming lane into the one-way street of Schland and a new album: "The lads from AKJ". ... Because most punk rock bands are boys only stuff. But not AKJ, that's why it's so funny. And on the album they have also hidden a tutorial: Revolution in 7 days. Psst, who also wants to expropriate Springer publishing house, steal the routers from the fascists and release all animals from the slaughterhouses to attack the pigs together with them, will find companions at the concert. Ready to rock and roll, seriously - no power for anyone!
Yousra Mansour and Brice Bottin, both passionate about Gnawa music – the Gnawa traditionally bearing certain traits of a Sufi brotherhood – decided to learn the guembri and awisha together. "The love we can have for an instrument or a style of music shouldn't be limited by the fact of being a man or a woman", Yousra says. And so Bab L’ Bluz was born from the dream of propelling the Gnawa's guitars on the international stages of contemporary music. The quartet plays ultra rhythmic psychedelic Gnawa rock from the heart of the Maghreb. Bab L’ Bluz are devoted to a revolution in attitude which dovetails with Morocco’s 'nayda' youth movement – a new wave of artists and musicians taking their cues from local heritage, singing words of freedom in the Moroccan-Arabic dialect of darija.
"For the independent music industry,” Daniel Haaksman told Afropop Worldwide, “it’s the worst time ever. But for new music, it’s the best time ever. With the internet, everything is circulating.” As a DJ and producer, and as head honcho of Man Recordings, Berlin-based Daniel is right in the eye of this exciting storm. He recognises no boundaries or borders, rejoicing in the free-flow of creativity as he absorbs all the rhythms and shades of this planet of sound in his productions. He’s got an especially keen ear when it comes to Africa or Brazil, and is an artist who never neglects the power of a strong melody when it comes to satiating a hungry dancefloor, be it a wiry guitar riff or some tinkling balafon. Full-flavoured and 100% proof, a Daniel Haaksman DJ set takes no prisoners, nor leaves a single person unmoved. (Womad Magazine, 2018)
Abrasively collaged guitar lines of minor and major, an organically pulsating bass hand in hand with synthetic jingling and rattling, warm saxophone carrying out the hypnotically spoken stories of disrupted protagonists. Deliluh unhinge tonal moods and emotional states with the tools of Postpunk, revealing a tentative path to Ambient music. A recurring theme is the foreboding of a threat that both lurks in the distance and lives within humans themselves. Deliluh is jolting against jadedness, Deliluh is a tentative touch.
Dengue Dengue Dengue is a Tropical Bass duo. Behind the masks are Felipe Salmon and Rafael Pereira, two producers, dj’s and graphic designers from Lima, Perú. Their work explores the rhythms from Peru and other parts of the world, recreating them electronically by mixing new and old, analog and digital, to create a unique sound and visuals. Their musical explorations go from psychedelic cumbia to dub, from salsa to footwork, from tribal to techno. Their visual and sound palette continues to grow and add new flavours to this melting pot.
Grup Şimşek is a fresh and modern pop-group which combines Anatolian Folk and contemporary grooves, often contaminated by Psychedelia and progressive rock flavours. Led by Derya Yıldırım’s hypnotizing bağlama and vocals, the group draw a meaningful continuity from the Turkish folk repertoire to their original songwriting, with a strong sound identity and a dancefloor- friendly energy
The two Dichties named George Urkwell and Lef Dutti once brought the Bazi-Rap (Lower Bavarian version of the Atzen-Rap) to the province of Berlin. The septet dicht & ergreifend's Ghetto-Gstantzl deals accordingly with the provinciality of mind, racism, alcohol, beer, booze and alcohol. Eloquence is no yardstick for their conscious freestyle rap. Their ode to people and places on whose shoulders they stand no longer fits on a record, and their collaborations added up no longer fit in a club. Anti-Volksfest – now!
Der Große Dr. Dicht sorgt mit seiner extravaganten Behandlung zur Freude des Patienten. Er geht in direkten Kontakt mit dem Publikum und leistet "Präventionsarbeit". In seiner Arzttasche hat er immer das richtige Mittel für garantiertes Lachen und erinnert euch daran, zu trinken, zu essen und gut aufeinander aufzupassen.
Composer Theresa Zaremba and violinist Teresa Allgaier surround themselves as Fallwander with keys, strings, bows, knobs, sticks and pads. Fallwander is Ambient Chamber Pop without fixed roles. Both of their vocals are always just warm enough to keep us from shivering, always just cool enough to keep the air chillingly clear and the vision wide. Fallwander is wandering out into the silence, letting oneself fall in the stillness.
Glauque are not the first band attempting to blur the frontiers between electronic music and hip-hop, and doing so with a French-speaking voice. Many contemporary artists in France and Belgium have chosen these two genres to make music and express themselves, and some of them have even had great chart success. Glauque do their own thing, though. It’s perceivable in their keen sense of aesthetics, in their poetic lyrics and of course in their music itself, which is dark and tender, intimate and rebellious, atmospheric and striking.
As Golden Diskó Ship, multi-instrumentalist Theresa Stroetges explores the possibilities of tried and tested formulas whether Folk, Rock, Techno or Pop. It is all hardly experimental or alien. It's exploring. It is music as long-form storytelling mutating over jazz-inspired arrangements and Biryani flavoured grooves. Her layered vocals at once evoke feelings of uncanniness and intimacy. Golden Diskó Ship's lyrics are informed by the anthropocene and rallying us to action with her melodies full of hope.
We started developing our live set via internet during corona lockdown in the beginning of 2020. Laptops were used for transmitting data during live sessions and recording only. Our sounds arise from Swedish and Japanese hardware music systems with lots of manual operation and combine reminiscences of Acid and Electro.
Ida Daugaard’s love for the twisted dancefloor, minimal, trippy, deep, groovy and timeless music selection, oldschool mixing skills and her authentic sweet appearance and big smile behind the decks have fascinated clubbers and promoters all around the world. Constantly evolving and picking up impulses, she follows her feelings and intuition rather then trends. Ida’s media are her cds & vinyls, always playing spontaneously after the vibe she is sensing. Each gig she prepares passionately, finding new music and trying to imagine each place she‘s playing at. For her a Dj set is all about harmony and story telling rather than playing one big tune after the other.
Paz, Adi and Uri have fallen into a witch's boiling pot of Fuzz, Glam and Bast-art-punk in Tel Aviv. Along with loud chaotic stage shows where guitar and bass hurl post-punk thunderbolts at each other and the drums torch everything from garage to country, they shoot short film-like videos, breed more satanic groups and Paz' & Adi's superpowers are then still far from exhausted. So they also run a DIY label in Berlin that seeks to ignore the notion of what a label "should" be, because they "share a great lack of understanding of how capitalism works".
Nearly ten years ago, Kid Simius moved from Granada in southern Spain to Berlin. Since then he has produced signature number-one and underground hits and played in Germany's most important rapper in the band. He has produced HipHop, bass music, surfpop, psychedelic disco and electronic pop. He has toured halfway around the world and, almost by the way, has established himself as one of the most sought after house and techno DJs in Berlin's underground scene. Ask his colleagues such as Marteria or Paul Kalkbrenner. Ask Siriusmo, Roland Knauf (Deichkind) or Tropf (Beginner), with whom he has worked. Ask the party folk at Kater Blau, at the Fusion, on the Splash or the SXSW. You don’t find a musician like Kid Simius every day. Even Kid Simius himself is sometimes desperate to try to bring together the supposed breaks in his biography. So he decided at some point not only to accept them, but to embrace them, to celebrate them. That's exactly what his new album "Planet of the Simius" does.
In der Musik von der Schweizer Hip Hopperin kt-gorique treffen Reggae und Ragga auf afrikanische Perkussion und E-Gitarren-Riffs. Was mit kleinen Rap- und Freestyle-Battles in der Schweiz begann entwickelte sich zu internationalem Erfolg. Kt-gorique schreibt ihre Texte selbst, komponiert die Musik, macht Tonarrangements und sorgt für die visuelle Ausstattung und lädt uns so ein in ihre persönliche Welt, intim, warm und chaotisch und gereizt zugleich, befreit und unstrukturiert.
Las Lloronas is a Brussels-based trio that merges acoustic folk with slam poetry. Three voices assert their intimate lyrics, they soak in harmonies and melancholic melodies. In their performance, Las Lloronas share a moment of powerful vulnerability, on the verge of lament, daydream and battle cry.
An undertaking of transparent listening. Ambient sounds and beat machine go together as a radio play. Downtempo and herbal mix, carrot and education. Live input, live beauty, live vocals.
Lasch is part of the FLINTA* producer collective Dresden, a space for art-making, networking, skill-sharing, empowering and shoptalk.
The sound of Laxberger is complex and not easy to grasp. Somewhere between wide-ranging minimal spectacles, basses full of endless depths and precise tech-house cuts, he captivates us to forget to go home.. Heads on, heads out, heads down, whatever! Laxberger cares for us. Not intrusive or too clever by half, but empathic, accompanying and creative. His hometown Dortmund plus the tangible influences from his hip-hop background had massive impact on his style even so they never restricted his nature. His sets are variable, open, and full of contrarieties forging a harmonic equilibrium. His intentions are unadapted and demanding. Music as therapeutic remedy to leave the messy world of thoughts behind and yet to answer frequently asked questions with ease. sometimes offensive, sometimes composedly, but always opportunely and geared to the needs of the present crowd. Laxberger kicks in doors so we just have to go through.. See you on the floor!
Lotte Ahoi’s sound is a melting pot of music selected from various decades and gathered from around the world, beautifully mixed up in a cocktail she calls funkumbiafrorientropical slothdisco. Inspired by producers interpreting their own and others’ musical roots, she is breaking clichés by expanding genres and blending them to a new and unique sound. Colourful tunes mirror her fascination for multicultural music, bringing happiness and warmth to her listeners.
For Martin Kohlstedt it is always about discourse, transformation and reflection. The first two albums composed by the german pianist – TAG and NACHT – were put into the hands of talented musicians to work their magic. Now the pieces on STROM and STRÖME will be given their extraordinary siblings.
"Staying where I've never been" ... Masha Qrella's music has always been the ticket to Elsewhere. 'Woanders' is now the name of her first album with German lyrics. All the lyrics are by Thomas Brasch (writer, playwright, director), who wished all his life that his poetry would be set to music. Melodies, rhythm, attitude in the voice and the poetry – it all harmonizes, it's a gift. Music for the love of it. "It" being the songwriting, the playing as a band, too. Together with drummer Chris Irmler and multi-instrumentalist Andreas Bonkowski, Masha Qrella carefully keeps a suitcase ready for you, in case your refuge has had its day.
Imagine a rally at "Tank Hill Park". And with only her guitar and her verve, songwriter Meskerem Mees climbs on the tribune. The crystal-clear voice of the grand lady of just 21 hits straight to your chest. Onlookers fall silent, bystanders give up just getting away. "I am an astronaut floating through space, left home without a trace. I had a plan but no rocket, so I said "Fuck it! I'll just ask NASA, they'll love it" – so I did. They said "No" but I still took it. I am an astronaut all alone in space. And in my left back pocket inside my wallet there's a picture of the human race …"
If we think of those magical moments out on the dance floor, what likely comes to mind is that moment when the DJ and the crowd find each other in a rare kind of symbiotic balance of give and take. If you see this happening between two DJs it becomes obvious that two of a kind have found one another. Those who love this kind of confluence will adore watching Mira and Chris Schwarzwalder doing what they do best; playing back to back. Having influenced the East‐German techno scene throughout the last twenty years, Mira established her musical home in Berlin’s legendary Bar25. There, she shaped her very own unique sound that can be considered as a story of these endless nights full of intensity. Bar25 was also the place for her to meet DJ and producer Chris Schwarzwalder. Moving from his Hip Hop‐roots towards electronic music, it was not by accident that Chris followed the beat of time to Berlin. Anyone who has experienced their endless sets already understand why Berliners speak of the particular sound being created by both of them. A soulful, mesmerizing sound that you will sense sinking under your skin and leaving you with a feeling of deep warm‐heartedness. What happens is the perfect chemistry of classic mixing skills along with ingenious live productions that really deserve to be called a moving experience. All of their styles and sounds can, not only be discovered live behind the decks, but also on prosperous vinyl and digital releases.
Like a lion new to its cage (or maybe a monkey?), our favourite character walks around their office, unsumptuous in daylight, examining the numerous framed photographs of worthy propeller planes in front of worthy sunsets behind worthy bodies with faces staring out at them with enigmatic sadness. A calypso melody plays, a four-to-the-floor takes over, down tempo dance music with some romantic bananabounce to it. The telephone rings: "Hey, it's Monkyman. Come out, don’t be embarrassed to be seen, celebrate the removal of all inhibitions. You are beautiful, now shake to celebrate!" MONKYMAN is the Alter Ego of filmmaker and music producer Felix Spitta.
Ness is a dj and producer born and raised in Sardinia, acknowledged for his style over a decade of music with a background in sound engineering and many years of research and fine-tuning. He gradually developed a distinct technique with a strong focus on atmosphere combined with hypnotic rhythms. Having performed in some of the most relevant clubs and festivals around the globe, he steadily releases music and collaborates with several renowned techno labels within the scene. With experience as label manager through the years with partnership on Mono Records and The Gods Planet.
Drawing from the musical and cultural richness of the Black Atlantic, SENU is continuously falling in love with old and new sounds from Africa, the Americas and from urban spaces of multiple diasporas. Being embedded in Berlin’s diversity of genres, influences and expressions, her eclectic sets are always evolving – no set is the same but heavy basslines and polyrhythmic arrangements are spinning the threads between Kuduro, Gquom, Afro Beats, Baile Funk, Rap, and whatever enriches her up-tempo set.
Nissas style is influenced by the Soul, Disco and early HipHop her parents introduced her to, the Pop and RnB anthems she worshipped as a teen and the dark sounds hailing from Atlanta, Houston and Memphis that seeped through her brother’s bedroom walls.
In combination with Bounce, Baile edits and other twerky tunes, her sound is a newschool rap-heavy sound collage showing off international gems.
Once upon a time there was a classically trained pop star in his baroque London garden, watching a Berlin backyard through the cracked window halfway up the stairs. Francesco used his experience with the Divina Commedia to read the palms of the vacuous, contented vagabonds picked up there. Now the electro-producer brings his idiosyncratic, tragicomic (ultimately human) folk songs back to Planet C. Meet Frank the actor! Olmo Mathilda as a duo! No? Anyway, curtain up, clear the stage, it's getting loud!
Patokai are the future from the past. Electro? Punk? Both! Sloppy attitude and pushig arrangements don’t just let your feet stomp. They will give life to your inner punk again! When Fabricio and Fabio heat up their synths, MPC and vocoder, it might get a little dusty in front of the stage. These guys are LASER! There is just one question left: Are we happy now? Yes we are!
Random Orchestra is the music of Oliver Gehrmann interacting with the vision of Xaver Hirsch. In search of simplicity amidst complex structures, they find floating hip-hop beats, melancholic ambient and creative computer programming. With them, vocalist Giugiu walks the fine line between natural and artificial. And when field recordings topple over into synthetic drum breaks, when camera shots through a microscope plunge an artificial 3D rendering into twilight, it is your senses that add another layer of natural stimuli to the audiovisual live show.
Steiner & Madlaina were born and raised (and still live) in Switzerland, which is essential to their music. The songs summarize the ambivalent circumstances and emotional rollercoasters that come with living in a privileged, wealthy country – but at the same reflecting on it on numerous levels. Nora Steiner and Madlaina Pollina are young and gifted songwriters with the talent to tell stories –some of them are full of hope and dreams, most without a happy end. Their songwriting certainly isn’t just about the insight or introspection – it is outspoken, clever and poetic. Musically they express themselves through their very own interpretation of Indie Pop that might remind one of artists such as First Aid Kit and Boy but there’s a deep texture that resembles Emily Jane White’s delicately dark songs as well. At one time they sound calm, lovely and in a flow, the very next moment it builds up to a mighty soundscape - just to brake sharply again.
Die Gang mit dem familienunfreundlichsten Namen im Popbetrieb veröffentlicht das vierte Album. „Gefühle“ macht das Leben im Plattenbau beautiful again, empowert das Verkacken, erzählt von Panikattacken und verweist Männer auf ihren Platz (Hobelbank). Die Crackhuren werten die eigene Realität auf, singen mit Lower-Class-Bewusstsein und ehrlicher Freude: „Ich bin zurück in der Gosse“. The TCHIK - wie man sie aus Platz- und Schamgründen auch schreiben kann - das sind Lulu, Doreen, Kristin, Ilay und das ist eine auf allen Ebenen außergewöhnliche Band. 13 Jahre Showbiz übersteht man eben nur, wenn man’s wirklich miteinander ernst meint. Mit leichtem Gepäck und emotionaler Distanz ist bei dieser Band niemandem geholfen. „Wir lieben uns übertrieben“, sagt Lulu und meint es auch genauso. Jetzt erscheint mit „Gefühle“ das vierte Album – unter eigener Regie, aus eigener Kraft, 13 Superhits. Diese Superhits wollen raus in die Welt und präsentiert werden.
Bass and guitar cool as Dub, animal vocals à la Re-tro-picàlia, percussion and drums rich but never sated and the synth in funky radio connection with space-age. Trak Trak, the 6 piece originating from 4 countries will lay cumbia's spell on you, will take you on a journey through desert rock deserts to a latin-afro-euro neverland. Dilo en voz alta: ¡Fuego, fuego, fuego!
Ulises is an Argentinian electronic music performer based in Berlin. Having a multi – instrumentalist background in bands and tireless curiosity, Ulises began experimenting with recordings of South American native instruments merging them with electronic tools, such as drum machines, samplers and synthesizers. In his DJ & live sets there is a wide range of colors, moods and organic instrumentation. From deep basslines, abstract synth atmospheres to ancient drums and percussions – all pulse-driven by textures from around the world ascending to an inciting emotional tension.
INÉZ LOVES MINIMALISM AND THE PURISTIC SOUND OF A PIANO WHILE DEMIAN LOVES TO MESS IT UP.
That’s what Ätna from Dresden say about their penchant in making music. They worked with star House DJs and famous bands, but they’re at their best as a duo. Clever ballads and Beats-heavy Synth-Pop – Ätna are future super starstars.
Ausgehend von der Prämisse, dass alles im Arsch ist, aber noch nicht Alles verloren, nehmen uns La Barque Acide mit auf einen postapokalyptischen Zirkus-Trip. Es ist das Ende der Welt, wie wir sie kennen. Es ist das Toastbrot, das mit der Butterseite nach unten fällt. In der verbleibenden Zeit bis zur bevorstehenden Apokalypse hat jeder die Möglichkeit, seine Realität - oder das, was davon übrig ist - mit ihren Paradoxien und Gefahren zu entlarven. Ein einzigartiger, facettenreicher Zirkus mit 9 jungen Artist:innen aus acht verschiedenen Nationen. Die Show The End is Nigh! ist so frisch, dass sie in Lärz ihre Vorpremiere feiert.
Based on the premise that everything is fucked but all is not lost yet, La Barque Acide take us on a post-apocalyptic circus trip. It is the end of the world as we know it. It is the toast that falls butter side down. In the time remaining before the impending apocalypse, everyone has the opportunity to expose their reality - or what is left of it - with its paradoxes and dangers. A unique, multi-faceted circus with 9 young artists from eight different nations. The show The End is Nigh! is so fresh that it is celebrating its preview in Lärz.