DE. A L’ARME! geht in die siebte Runde. Das wagemutigste Festival Berlins, das Avantgarde-Jazz mit experimenteller Musik und Noise zusammenbringt, trommelt Ende Juli und Anfang August zu vier Musiktagen voller Improvisation, Performance, Interferenzen, Feedback und jeder Menge Überraschungen. Im Radialsystem und dem Säälchen am Holzmarkt sind zwischen Jazz und Dada, Hip-Hop und Expressionismus, Echtzeitmusik und Fluxus gleich mehrere Deutschlandpremieren zu erleben und Kollaborationen, die die Welt so noch nicht gesehen hat. Matana Roberts spielt an einem Abend mit Nils Petter Molvær, Natalie Sandtorv und Groupshow = Jan Jelinek/Hanno Leichtmann/Andrew Pekler, der Rabiat-Rap von Dälek trifft auf das Tenorsax von Mats Gustafsson und den Krautrock von Faust, Moor Mother bringt ihr Ensemble Irreversible Entanglements mit, Colin Stetson seine Rock-Transzendenz-Erfahrung namens Ex Eye. Und das sind nur einige Highlights aus einem Programm, das vier Sommerabende lang alle Hörgewohnheiten auf den Kopf stellen und Erfahrungshorizonte nachhaltig erweitern wird. Ohrensausen garantiert.

EN. The A L’ARME! Festival will be held this year for the seventh time. At the end of the July and the beginning of August, Berlin’s most daring festival, combining avant-garde jazz with experimental music and noise, will be thundering onto the stage with four days filled to the brim with music, improvisation, performance, interference, feedback and countless surprises. At Radialsystem and the Säälchen at Holzmarkt, the festival will be hosting a number of Germany-wide premiers and collaborations unlike anything the world has ever seen that blur the lines between jazz and dada, hip-hop and expressionism, real-time music and flux. Matana Roberts will spend an evening playing alongside with Nils Petter Molvær, Natalie Sandtorv and Groupshow = Jan Jelinek/Hanno Leichtmann/Andrew Pekler, Dälek’s ruthless raps will meet Mats Gustafsson’s tenor saxophone and the Krautrock of Faust, Moor Mother is bringing her collective Irreversible Entanglements, and Colin Stetson his rock-transcendence experience named Ex Eye. And those are just a few highlights of this year’s line-up that promises to change the way you listen to music and permanently expand your horizons over the course of four summer nights. Guaranteed to get you buzzing.

GROUPSHOW

GROUPSHOW

Groupshow is not a band, it’s a method. Jan Jelinek, Hanno Leichtmann and Andrew Pekler use this method to investigate the act of the modular interconnection of electronics, acoustics, percussion, guitar, samplers, improvisation and synapses, of different personalities and their constantly changing communication with one another.

NATALIE SANDTORV “FREEDOM NATION” FEAT. NILS PETTER MOLVÆR & HEDVIG MOLLESTAD

NATALIE SANDTORV »FREEDOM NATION« FEAT. NILS PETTER MOLVÆR & HEDVIG MOLLESTAD

The Norwegian award winning artist NATALIE SANDTORV has established herself as quite a unique, stand-out and strong musician and composer within the European avant-garde jazz movement. The past year the vocalist and her band »FREEDOM NATION« has taken the music scene with a raw alternative rock with a spiritual echo of free jazz.

TRISTAN HONSINGER’S HOPSCOTCH

Tristan Honsinger is a living legend. As a cellist, composer and performance artist, the Berlin-based American has been involved in some of the most significant developments in improvised music since the early 70s.

PRACTICAL MUSIC

LET’S GET PRACTICAL!

Originally conceived as a one-off at Amsterdam's legendary October Meeting 2016 at the Bimhuis, it quickly was clear that the Dutch multi-instrumentalists and performers Oscar Jan Hoogland and Jasper Stadhouders as well as Berlin's stellar percussionist Christian Lillinger must continue the madness.

SACRED GROVES – HAILING FROM NAIROBI

Raphael Kariuki aka DJ Raph is not only an active player on the music scene in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, but is also one of that scene’s most exceptional products. He is a musician, producer and DJ, a genealogist and a trendsetter.

TALIBAM! ENSEMBLE DE NEU WITH DODÓ KIS & RON STABINSKY

TALIBAM! ENSEMBLE DE NEU WITH DODÓ KIS & RON STABINSKY

Take two self-appointed dadaist provocateurs with an innate love for the history of music, playing a drumset and a keytar - and you’ll get Talibam!; a performance duo from NYC, founded in 2003.

VANDEWEYER / ILLVIBE / DRAKE FEAT. REAL GEIZT / SPLIDTTERCRIST

Marimba, vibraphone, metal plates, drums, record players, and voice boxes – all turned inside out. These are the weapons of choice when the Belgian vibraphonist Els Vandeweyer, American drummer Hamid Drake, turntablist DJ Illvibe and rap masters Real Geizt / Splidttercrist // Imitierte Signale from Berlin take the stage in a creative showdown.

A MUSICAL STORYTELLER: MATANA ROBERTS

Matana Roberts is a saxophonist, composer, a sound and concept artist, and is obsessed with the way the past influences our present. She sees her work in all of these areas both as field research and political intervention. In 2016, Roberts recorded a series of saxophone performances in subway stations, giving them titles that highlight the struggle between Native Americans and their colonizers...

Eye for an eye: EX EYE

Components of free jazz and the remains of blackened metal, organized according to the logic of math rock and compressed through a steamroller of noise: this is EX EYE, a group that defines itself as a “post-everything quartet”...

GIOVANNI LAMI > Attraction. Repulsion. Reversion.

Giovanni Lami immerses himself in the phenomenon of magnetism with unrestrained curiosity and regularly wrestles surprising insights out of it. In his performances, he manipulates in real time the sounds that are buried within the metal oxide layers of magnetic tape a million times over and can be teased out time and time again.

IRREVERSIBLE ENTANGLEMENTS

IRREVERSIBLE ENTANGLEMENTS

Poet and performer Camae Ayewa, better known under her alias Moor Mother, originally teamed up with saxophonist Keir Neuringer and bassist Luke Stewart to take a stand against police brutality after the death of Akai Gurley in New York in 2014.

SUPER JAZZ SANDWICH: A NINE-STEP MODEL

Let’s start the new week with our first Radialsystem announcement for the 1st August >> Hailing from Essen, Germany respectively Italy, saxophonist Florian Walter, drummer Simon Camatta and trumpeter Flavio Zanuttini have been making music together from the moment they met each other for the first time in 2010.

GRAND OPENING OVERVIEW ///// JAZZ IS DANGEROUS

Before we continue with all our Radialsystem acts, we are happy to conclude the announcements of our Grand Opening with the Swedish DJ artist Elena Wolay a.k.a. »Jazz Är Farligt«!

THE GRADUAL PROGRESSIONS OF GREG FOX

More than a drum solo >> the Seventh edition of A L'ARME! will be introduced by NYC-based interdisciplinary artist and drum virtuoso Greg Fox presenting his electro-acoustic Solo magic at the Holzmarkt/Säälchen, 31st July!

GURLS >> RUN BOY, RUN!

Congratulations to Hanna, Ellen and Rohey who just received the Norwegian Grammy award Spellemannprisen! We are excited to announce that GURLS will join our opening night at the Holzmarkt/Säälchen on the 31st July!

A L’ARME! is ready for the lucky number SEVEN!!

Ladies and Gents – A L’ARME! is ready for the lucky number SEVEN !! How about you? We are delighted to invite you on an inspiring journey of experimental vocals, hip hop, jazz, electro-acoustic music and performance art!

LAURIE ANDERSON – sound holograms

“We are drowning in stories,” says Laurie Anderson. And her story? She initially wanted to become a physicist, ended up at art school instead, wrote her first symphony for car horns, then switched to electric violin and produced electronic music, recorded films and collected stories from outer space...

THEO BURT / Automatics Group

Theo Burt will show a series of videos from his ongoing Remixes project - existing commercial music videos are fed automatically through a mathematical processes, collapsing the structure and time of sound and image.

MIEKO SUZUKI – a synaesthetic playground

Mieko Suzuki uses time and space as her canvas, which she colours with rhythms and harmonies. In her highly unconventional DJ sets and performances, during which she works with drones, noise and field recordings, with the crackling of electrical circuits and snippets of vinyl records, the Hiroshima-born sound artist is not afraid of the unexpected.

RABIH BEAINI – lawlessness on the dance floor

Some people believe that techno is an excess of clarity, an endlessly repeating, crystal clear, foreseeable loop of booming bass and treble. Rabih Beaini is the living antithesis of this idea. With every tabla beat, every dissonance and every audacious rhythm in his tracks and DJ sets, with every fibre of his being, Beaini is the opposite of predictable.