A L’ARME! FESTIVAL VOL. VII
International Festival of Avant-garde Jazz & Experimental Music

31 JULY TO 3 AUGUST 2019 | BERLIN
RADIALSYSTEM & HOLZMARKT 25 / SÄÄLCHEN

With Colin Stetson, Matana Roberts, Moor Mother, Natalie Sandtorv, Nils Petter Molvær, Gurls, Anguish (Dälek/Fire!/Faust), Groupshow!, Els Vandeweyer, Tristan Honsinger, Greg Fox, Jealousy Party, Lana Trio & JD Zazie and many more

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.

Static :::: Ecstatic — ALSO: SIEWERT / ERNST

ALSO are considered with a playful way of non-linear improvisation that not only allows hard cuts, abrupt dynamic and atmospheric breaks, but almost forces them. The Viennese Martin Siewert and Berliner-by-choice Katharina Ernst improvise with contrary material without restrictions...

PUPILLO / PILIA / LILLEVAN – immersion and eruption

Science says ‘analyse it’; art says ‘smash it’. At the A L'ARME! Festival, things can certainly get a bit militant when it comes to smashing an entity into its individual components and gluing these shards back together. Massimo Pupillo, Stefano Pilia, and Lillevan...

A L’ARME Festival 2017 – A short documentary by Tumi Valdimarsson

"Where did we start, where are we now? While we are getting ready for the 2018 edition, we share with you memories from the past...
Here comes a beautiful inside of A L’ARME! Vol. V from director Tumi Valdimarsson from dBs Film Berlin.

BILL LASWELL PRESENTS: LAURIE ANDERSON & METHOD OF DEFIANCE – collision & short circuits

Contrary, defiant, disobedient. Bill Laswell likes resistance, but that doesn’t mean he defines his music based on what he is against. Given his openness to an immense variety of influences (and a good portion of stubbornness), he played a constructive role in the electrifying chaos of the New York scene at the end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s.

PHILIPP GROPPER’S PHILM

PHILIPP GROPPER’S PHILM

Philm forges music that bursts forth with unexpected intensity and consequence. Through the band’s insistently sharp, cutting agitation, the music comes more into focus, reaching into the essence, the core, through a process that, with passionate urgency, opens up that core for all to hear.

C.M. VON HAUSSWOLF

CARL MICHAEL VON HAUSSWOLFF – down to the bone

Listening to Von Hausswolff involves every aspect of the human organism: from the skin to the bowels all the way to the hidden layers of the soul. The intensity and grandeur of his music is always aimed at turning things you thought didn’t exist into something tangible.

MICHAEL ZERANG & THE BLUE LIGHTS

DANCING FOR CIGARETTES: MICHAEL ZERANG & THE BLUE LIGHTS

“Songs From The Big Book Of Love” is the title of the first Blue Lights-album on Michael Zerang very own “Pink Palace” label. Michael Zerang & the Blue Lights, Chicago’s rough and tumble quintet features musicians that are longstanding members of...

LARGE UNIT RIO

ROCK IN OPPOSITION: PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE LARGE UNIT RIO

Paal Nilssen-Love belongs to the A L’ARME!-core artists since 2012. In the ears of the Norwegian drummer, Brazil stands out as a country that shares his ideals of music being a celebration of life – a celebration that should be loud, rhythmic and intense.

WANDA GROUP

WANDA GROUP – hard-working sound

Self-description: “Concerned with family matters and with serving beers in a pub. Not much time for the sound art scene up to now. Technical requirements: two free inputs on a mixer; I bring my own cables.”

KLEIN – polyphonic collapse

Polyphony driven to the edge of collapse. British producer Klein increasingly pushes her songs, which initially played with fragments of contemporary R & B, in the direction of excess. Her sound is one of cacophony and polyvalence, of crashing opposites into one another as an act of sonic resistance.