KOPFLOS FEST

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Past event
Thursday 17 May 2012 Saturday 19 May 2012

Marie-Antoinette

Holzmarktstr. 15-18
10179 Berlin
Germany
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3-Day-Pass: 20 €
Single Tickets: 10€
http://www.tixforgigs.com/site/Pages/Shop/ShowEvent.aspx?ID=5559

HIGH PLACES who are playing on the first night create danceable pop
music that is both artistic and refined. The consistent dialog between
the duo over the span of three albums is always through rhythmic and

melodic ambient space. The two mix their particular internal rhythms
with a long-standing love of UK and US dance sensibilities such as
that of UK garage, drum and bass, Chicago/NYC house, Detroit techno,
dub reggae, and electro dancehall. The early influence of visceral
live experiences of NYC/Philly hip hop of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s
is evidenced in the band’s massive sound system. With Original Colors,
they are at once pushing forward with much heavier and more complex
beats, but also returning to their more gritty, electro-acoustic
roots.
http://www.myspace.com/hellohighplaces

LUCKY DRAGONS are joining the bill on May 17. Their
concerts-as-workshop style happenings have generated considerable
interest in both the art and music worlds. With a basic set-up of
laptop, homemade electronics and folk instruments the pair creates
equal-power situations in which audience members cooperate amongst
themselves, building up fragile networks held together by such light
things as skin contact, unfamiliar language, temporary logic, the
spirit of celebration, and things that work but you don’t know why. At
the heart of it all is playing together–building up social
collectivities, re-engaging the wonder and impossibility of
technological presence. It sounds–and looks–like simple and ancient
patterns coming together and falling apart in a sincere attempt to let
wires and screens and words become clear and crystal.
http://luckydragons.bandcamp.com/

Next up on Friday is HAYVANLAR ALEMI. Hailing from the Turkish capital
of Ankara and releasing on Sublime Frequencies, these guys are a
killer hyper-colourful improvising psych-rock unit, consisting of old
school friends Ozum Itez (electric guitar), Isik Sarihan (percussion)
and Hazar Mutgan (bass), who successfully got themselves into
everything psychedelic, exotic and adventurous. Their joyously broad
sound covers lots of bases; from never-ending psych ventures to two
minute international pop covers, West African blues guitars to
pulsating Thai rhythms, Floydian drums to acoustic street craft…
always kept loose and driven by mood, inevitably melting into their
distinctive sound and structure.
http://soundcloud.com/hayvanlaralemi

On the same night we’ll have BASKETBALL, a live electronic act, known
for their insanely engaging live shows. Their sounds are created by an
alchemy of sequencers, drum machines, traditional instruments such as
the santoor, zurna, the banjo, guitar, live percussion, bass and
vocals. 20Jazzfunkgreats labeled their sound best as shamanic
disco.The combination of their sound has drawn comparisons to
Modeselektor, Gang Gang Dance, Buraka Som Sistema, and Tinariwen.
http://basketballaz.bandcamp.com/

KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS will finish Kopflos Fest. Their swirling ambient
sound captures that serene feeling you get on a gloomy, rainy day as
your car glides over the slick city streets. With airy beats that are
repetitive, but never trance-like, KSiA is an accessible and
lighthearted entry into the world of down-tempo electronica. As
enigmatic as they are talented, Keep Shelly in Athens is a Greek based
duo that have recently brought on two additional musicians to add to
their live show. Fearing the trend of bands coasting more on their own
hype than their actual talent, KSiA keep their cards close to their
chest, focusing on their music, not their image. If their immediate
sell-out of their last three EPs is any indication, it’s a more than
fair trade-off.
http://soundcloud.com/keepshellyinathens

Playing first on May 19 is ANIAETLEPROGRAMMEUR, a Berlin-based band
formed in Paris by Aniajules and Hanrigabriel. They mix heavily
effected guitars and vocals with massive electronic synths and beats,
bridging the gap between rock music, epic composition, psychedelic
electro and soundscapes. Since september 2011, media-artist and
musician Valquire Veljkovic joined the band originaly as a “light
drummer”, bringing a new dimension to their live shows. He lately
tends to be musicaly involved on stage with live drums and keys. The
three of them constantly experiment and develop ways of controling
light gears and devices on stage with triggerring and sequencers
linked to their music devices.
http://www.aniaetleprogrammeur.com/
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  • salty_candy went to KOPFLOS FEST at Marie-Antoinette. October 2012