LINER NOTES BY ARNO RAFFEINER.

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 Jan Jelinek’s Groupshow, 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.

ENG – LINER NOTES by Arno Raffeiner

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.

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DEU – LINER NOTES von Arno Raffeiner

MICHAEL ZERANG & THE BLUE LIGHTS

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JESSOP&CO.

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