KARKOWSKI PROJECT: THE TRUTH AT ALL COSTS?

In the end, it’s all vibration. This is the Karkowski model. It consists of only one element, but offers unlimited room for noise. Zbigniew Karkowski saw every form of vibration as the driving force of the universe.

KSIEZYC

MOON, EARTH, and RABBIT ECLIPSE: KSIEZYC

KSIEZYC is the Polish word for 'moon', and also perfectly encapsulates the contemplative sound of the Warsaw-based experimental music ensemble of the same name. The quintet plays an earthy, repetitive form of experimental sound art coupled with moody drones and avant-garde neo-folk allures.
ANDREA BELFI / VALERIO TRICOLI

DRUMS-FRIED TAPE-FRIED: ANDREA BELFI / VALERIO TRICOLI

Andrea Belfi and Valerio Tricoli are not only two of the most highly regarded sound-artists of our times, but, as the story goes, they have also been friends since the end of the last century when they were listening to Tony Conrad and This Heat, smoking exhilarating substances and dreaming up collaborative projects that would never come to be.

MAJA S. K. RATKJE

MAJA SOLVEIG KJELSTRUP RATKJE

Norwegian avant-garde composer and improviser Maja S.K. Ratkje belongs to Europe’s most saught-after insider tips and will present one of her rare Solo performances for vocals and electronics on the 1st August!

A L’ARME! 2018 – First name announced: LAURIE ANDERSON + BILL LASWELL’S METHOD OF DEFIANCE

After five amazing years, we look forward to celebrate the grand opening of our sixth edition back at Berlin's charming Spree river on the 1st August with Bill Laswell and Laurie Anderson

A NEW AESTHETIC – VISUAL MUSIC & QUADROPHONIC TO THE CORE: OLAF BENDER A.K.A. BYETONE

The intricate, thumping, funky sounds and abstract animations of OLAF BENDER aka BYETONE’S live show promise to draw you in and get you hooked.

HEAT UP & COOL DOWN: BRÖTZMANN/PUPILLO/BABEL

Opening the night Berlin's super guitarist Caspar Brötzmann with Italian bass player Massimo Pupillo and Berlin-based, Swiss drummer, Alexandre Babel together on stage after three years to launch their long-awaited first album: Live At Candybomber Studio Vol. I (LP / DL on Karlrecords).

GRISCHA LICHTENBERGER — ABOUT EXPLORING THE LIMITS OF HUMAN PERCEPTION

The beginning does the label’s young shooting star GRISCHA LICHTENBERGER from Bielefeld who lives and works in Berlin as a sound producer and visual artist. He has been inspired not only by THE EX but also to create new forms of presenting his work specifically for this event, and this space.

SOUND DESIGN NEXT LEVEL // FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER

The Berlin-based composer, experimental sound/visual artist, founder of the experimental pop group AG.Geige and co-founder of raster-noton, a true aesthetics pioneer, synth master and veteran of Germany’s electronic music scene, Mr. FRANK BRETSCHNEIDER, will kick off our opening night at Berghain!

MIEKO SUZUKI

Once again in 2017, Mieko Suzuki, the Japanese DJ, sound artist and music curator who found her home in Berlin, will kick off the fifth edition of the A L'ARME! Festival within the striking backdrop of Berghain!

DISCOVER THE BEAUTY // KAJA DRAKSLER OCTET

After her Solo performance on the 3rd August, Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler opens up the long Saturday night at Radialsystem V with her own chamber ensemble presenting the East-European and the Amsterdam-based movement of contemporary music.

ENERGETIC SOUL FOOD // XENOFOX & JOKE LANZ

A room with view: Olaf Rupp is one of the leading figures of Berlin's very lively improviser's scene since years. Following the tradition of consequent improvisation and deep listening, he constantly explores new ways to work with the electric guitar as a tool for musical communication.

DISTURBING DOMESTIC PEACE

The British guitar virtuoso Andy Moor has performed multiple times at the A L'ARME! Festival in different formations. For the fifth anniversary of the festival, he will once again take the main stage at Radialsystem V to get the crowds dancing together with the world-famous group that has been his primary focus for a number of years – the Dutch post punk legends THE EX.

INSTANT COMPOSING IN THE NAME OF PIERRE BOULEZ

Dell/Brecht/Lillinger/Westergaard (DBLW) invents musical constellations that are characterised by a close interrelationship between sound and spatial structures and hyper-realistic soundscapes.

ELEPHANT 9 goes BERGHAIN

In honour of the festival’s fifth edition, A L'ARME! 2017 will be shaped by a fun and innovative rock feeling. The Norwegian power trio Elephant 9 will mark the first major turning point for the festival.

NEW ROOTS, NEW NOISES

Please welcome the “NEW ROOTS TRIO” at Radialsystem V! Copenhagen-based Norwegian singer, composer and winner of the Moldejazz/SpareBank 1-Jazztalent award 2016, NATALIE SANDTORV, teams up with two of Denmark's finest presenting contemporary compositions and improvisations for voice, drums and prepared piano.

MOTE STUDIO AND SARA D’UVA TEAM UP FOR THE 2017 IDENTITY OF A L’ARME!

Here we are, happy to announce that our official image for this 2017 edition is complete! Fresh and stretched to the sky. For the occasion Mote Studio worked closely on the design with the artist and art director Sara D’Uva. They tailored the perfect visual vest for this fifth anniversary edition.

THURSTON MOORE’S ROCK N ROLL CONSCIOUSNESS

The so-called Thurston Moore Group which is made up of top musicians who have worked together with Moore for decades, such as bass guitar heroine Debbie Googe from "My Bloody Valentine" and "Sonic Youth" drummer Steve Shelly, celebrate a contemporary form that's a fresh mixture of no-wave, rock'n'roll and a veritable guitar orgy, and it's sure to rattle the walls of the sacred main hall of Radialsystem V.

RADIAL / DIGITAL / TRANSCENDENTAL

For the first time in the young history of A L'ARME!, we're excited to introduce you to our quadraphonic stage setting at Radialsystem V! Please welcome the gentlemen of Marcus Schmickler and Thomas Lehn to take their seats in the center of the “Saal” surrounded by the listening audience to enjoy an electro-acoustic fusion of the digital and the analogue.