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.

DEU – LINER NOTES von Arno Raffeiner

ENG – LINER NOTES by Arno Raffeiner

DEU – LINER NOTES von Arno Raffeiner

Room with a view – 5H Floor: Butcher/Bauer/Meyer

The fifth floor will be turned into an experimental chamber music premiere with a night time view of the Spree River under the stars: the British musician John Butcher is one of the most relevant and influential modern innovators on the tenor saxophone und will come together with the Swiss soprano Sabina Meyer and Berlin-based double bass ...


We value good quality and like to provide great food and drinks on our festival.
From Thursday to Saturday (starting at 6 p.m.) at the festival, PIECHAS will be serving up healthy, low-tech food at Radialsystem. The PIECHA sisters have been dedicated to fresh, local, seasonal organic cuisine for a number..

Sarah’s Solo Ritual

The annual opening ritual of the A L’ARME! Festival calls for a powerful solo performance by a female musician. The Canadian musician Sarah Neufeld plays the violin accompanies herself with foot stomping and vocals. Neufeld, who was a member of the internationally successful indie rock ensemble Arcade Fire for a number of years, has more recently been ...

Eclecticism in the 21st century

Hans Unstern belongs to Germany's most relevant poets of the modern age. Since his break-through debut album »Kratz Dich Raus« from 2009, it is obvious that sub-genres or labels such as singer/songwriter, d.i.y., avant-garde pop or queer won't do him justice anymore. Unstern's uncompromising words explode the listener's fantasy as...

Star-bright nights of powerful visions & infinity

FOVEA HEX continue to be one of the most intriguing phenomena in contemporary music. Clodagh Simonds visionary ensemble has developed an enviable cult status both in Europe and the United States, have performed at the personal invitation of David Lynch in the gardens of the Cartier Foundation in Paris...

Hidden resonances, physical vibrations & unknown chambers – A Journey con (tra) bass!

YAIR ELAZAR GLOTMAN aka KETEV is a Berlin-based sound artist and interdisciplinary experimentalist focusing on electroacoustic composition, sound installations and sound sculptures. Yair’s sonic world produced under his own name stretches between icy and melancholic layers of sharp drone waves to haunting acoustic....

Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & Kristoffer Lo

SAVAGES! Get ready for the transcendental energy of the TRONDHEIM JAZZ ORCHESTRA! Since 1999, the Norwegian ensemble is operated as a musicians' pool, so that the orchestra changes as to instrumentation and size from project to project: under the musical direction of the tuba player, multi-instrumentalist and composer KRISTOFFER LO, the 13-piece-ensemble presents a powerful mix....

Liner Notes 2016 by Franziska Buhre

Eine Terra incognita ist verheißungsvoll, ein Lebensraum blühender Fantasien. Sie hält unzählige feste und flüssige Partikel bereit, die - zu Gesteinen verdichtet - zu Gewässern geflutet, nach der Ansiedelung von Flora und Fauna verlangen. Die Terra incognita fordert dazu auf, innere Land-schaften nach außen zu....

The Art of Duo!

After numerous Festival appearances in the last years at the A L'ARME!, 75 years old free-music-legend Peter Brötzmann returns to Radialsystem V once more presenting a brand new project that is incomparable to any of his previous works: the encounter of the American-british pedal steel guitar virtuoso Heather Leigh...


TRANSFER connects electric guitarist Andy Moor from Amsterdam with French performer, writer and vocalist Anne-James Chaton. At Radialsystem V, they present their self-titled poetry guitar music in an A/V-performance context, accompanied by...


TOWER GARDENS ROAD WAS AN ISLAND SURROUNDED BY privet hedge and a rich wilderness out the back, around which the grime and grot of North London flowed, never penetrating.This fortress against the modern rush was sha- ped and transformed inside and out by the love and creati- vity of Ian Johnstone, gentleman satyr and Coil affiliate....

Enjoy The Silence

Aller Anfang liegt im Abgrund des Anfangs. Stille. Oder Noise? Rauschen. Oder unhörbare Sphärenharmonie? „Das ewige Schweigen dieser unendlichen Räume erschreckt mich“, beichtet Pascal. Die Abgründigkeit des Denkens als Problem der Hörbarkeit. Unendliche Weiten. Und wieder: Stille. Der menschliche Mangel. Besser die Ohren öffnen, als ins Space-Shuttle steigen?


SEVAL got confirmed for the A L'ARME! 2016's edition.

Mohammad on board

MOHAMMAD hailing from Greece will play A L'ARME! Festival Vol. IV

Ladies & Gents…

Ladies & Gents, let's go deeper and rise up with A L'ARME Vol. IV!