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.

JESSOP&CO.

JESSOP&CO. – grunts of good taste

Qualifications: non-musicians. Instruments: cultural appropriation. False modesty: checked at the door. Fear of getting their hands dirty: n/a. On trial: prejudices, geopolitics, prescriptivist art, provocation. Channels of communication: Bandcamp, Soundcloud, small-batch cassette releases.

MARK FELL

MARK FELL – dancing algorithms

Not all algorithms are bad. Mark Fell uses these digital automatisms, which have gotten something of a bad reputation of late, to liberate both sound and body.

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.