Originally conceived as a one-off duo encounter at London’s infamous Cafe Oto in 2014, avant-garde guitar gods THURSTON MOORE and CASPAR BRÖTZMANN meet again for the first time since 3 years.


We’re happy to announce that the internationally acclaimed trumpeter and composer NATE WOOLEY from New York City is going to develop his ambitious “Seven Storey Mountain” series at A L’ARME! VOL.V!

SEVAL — 29th July at Radialsystem V

Under the musical direction of Chicagoan cellist and composer FRED LONBERG-HOLM, the acoustic Jazz quintet »SEVAL« is about to release its 3rd album »FRAGILE« on »Found You Recordings«, mastered by the great Martin Siewert from Austria! They’re going to premiere the new music of their so-called »improvised chamber pop« at Radialsystem…

MOHAMMAD — 28th July at Radialsystem V

After the ritual of the festival opening at Berghain, the INNER LANDSCAPES & UNKNOWN CHAMBERS will lead us to the more intimate setting of Radialsystem V and provide us with space for dialogue and contact – or contemplation. The Greek duo MOHAMMAD, made up of sound artists ILIOS and Nikos Veliotis, will lend a radical dimension of physical …

Daniel O‘Sullivan & Massimo Pupillo present: LANIAKEA

In the language of the indigenous Polynesian people of the Hawaiian Islands, the word LANIAKEA means “immeasurable heaven”. That is what researchers have named the recently discovered galaxy supercluster which spans 500 million light-years and is home to the Milky Way. Thus the name of the brand new duo project from British avant garde musician and singer Daniel O‘Sullivan and Italian electric bass virtuoso Massimo Pupillo from ZU…


The young Swedish saxophonist Anna Högberg belongs to the most sought-after newcomers of the Scandinavian free music movement. Together with her sextet ATTACK! featuring Malin Wättring and Elin Larsson Forkelid on….


One night after performing with FIRE! at Berghain in a modern rock context, the award-winning Swedish baritone saxophonist Mats Gustafsson returns to Radialsystem to present the first fully improvised concert of the festival. The French musician Erwan Keravec belongs to the European avant-garde of the “new bagpipe tradition” and is truly one of the most respected bagpipe virtuosos of….

Fire! & Oren Ambarchi

The legendary Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson is the leader of FIRE!, one of the most talked-about power trios in Europe. Driven by the amazing rhythm section, comprised of Johan Berthling on the bass Andreas Werliin on the drums, together the three musicians spark a psychedelic noise jazz explosion, which is expanded to form a transcendental quartet with the help of Australian experimental guitarist…

Room with a view – 5H Floor: Butcher/Bauer/Meyer

The fifth floor will be turned into an experimental chamber music premiere with a night time view of the Spree River under the stars: the British musician John Butcher is one of the most relevant and influential modern innovators on the tenor saxophone und will come together with the Swiss soprano Sabina Meyer and Berlin-based double bass …


We value good quality and like to provide great food and drinks on our festival.
From Thursday to Saturday (starting at 6 p.m.) at the festival, PIECHAS will be serving up healthy, low-tech food at Radialsystem. The PIECHA sisters have been dedicated to fresh, local, seasonal organic cuisine for a number..

Sarah’s Solo Ritual

The annual opening ritual of the A L’ARME! Festival calls for a powerful solo performance by a female musician. The Canadian musician Sarah Neufeld plays the violin accompanies herself with foot stomping and vocals. Neufeld, who was a member of the internationally successful indie rock ensemble Arcade Fire for a number of years, has more recently been …

Eclecticism in the 21st century

Hans Unstern belongs to Germany’s most relevant poets of the modern age. Since his break-through debut album »Kratz Dich Raus« from 2009, it is obvious that sub-genres or labels such as singer/songwriter, d.i.y., avant-garde pop or queer won’t do him justice anymore. Unstern’s uncompromising words explode the listener’s fantasy as…

Star-bright nights of powerful visions & infinity

FOVEA HEX continue to be one of the most intriguing phenomena in contemporary music. Clodagh Simonds visionary ensemble has developed an enviable cult status both in Europe and the United States, have performed at the personal invitation of David Lynch in the gardens of the Cartier Foundation in Paris…

Hidden resonances, physical vibrations & unknown chambers – A Journey con (tra) bass!

YAIR ELAZAR GLOTMAN aka KETEV is a Berlin-based sound artist and interdisciplinary experimentalist focusing on electroacoustic composition, sound installations and sound sculptures. Yair’s sonic world produced under his own name stretches between icy and melancholic layers of sharp drone waves to haunting acoustic….

Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Kristoffer Lo

SAVAGES! Get ready for the transcendental energy of the TRONDHEIM JAZZ ORCHESTRA! Since 1999, the Norwegian ensemble is operated as a musicians’ pool, so that the orchestra changes as to instrumentation and size from project to project: under the musical direction of the tuba player, multi-instrumentalist and composer KRISTOFFER LO, the 13-piece-ensemble presents a powerful mix….

Liner Notes 2016 by Franziska Buhre

Eine Terra incognita ist verheißungsvoll, ein Lebensraum blühender Fantasien. Sie hält unzählige feste und flüssige Partikel bereit, die – zu Gesteinen verdichtet – zu Gewässern geflutet, nach der Ansiedelung von Flora und Fauna verlangen. Die Terra incognita fordert dazu auf, innere Land-schaften nach außen zu….

The Art of Duo!

After numerous Festival appearances in the last years at the A L’ARME!, 75 years old free-music-legend Peter Brötzmann returns to Radialsystem V once more presenting a brand new project that is incomparable to any of his previous works: the encounter of the American-british pedal steel guitar virtuoso Heather Leigh…


TRANSFER connects electric guitarist Andy Moor from Amsterdam with French performer, writer and vocalist Anne-James Chaton. At Radialsystem V, they present their self-titled poetry guitar music in an A/V-performance context, accompanied by…


TOWER GARDENS ROAD WAS AN ISLAND SURROUNDED BY privet hedge and a rich wilderness out the back, around which the grime and grot of North London flowed, never penetrating.This fortress against the modern rush was sha- ped and transformed inside and out by the love and creati- vity of Ian Johnstone, gentleman satyr and Coil affiliate….

Enjoy The Silence

Aller Anfang liegt im Abgrund des Anfangs. Stille. Oder Noise? Rauschen. Oder unhörbare Sphärenharmonie? „Das ewige Schweigen dieser unendlichen Räume erschreckt mich“, beichtet Pascal. Die Abgründigkeit des Denkens als Problem der Hörbarkeit. Unendliche Weiten. Und wieder: Stille. Der menschliche Mangel. Besser die Ohren öffnen, als ins Space-Shuttle steigen?