Arma and MONOM join forces on July 19th to offer an evening of experiments live in 4DSOUND.
The night will feature presentations from artists Phew, ENA, Prima Materia and Zoya Zerkalski aka Dasha Redkina, who during their residencies at MONOM have created compositions, especially for the Arma Labelnight.
The presentations will explore themes such as the dialogue between humans and spatial entities, the dynamic instrument of voice and the effects of shifting frequencies.
A DJ set by Ranishe Niyaak will take place in the MONOM bar following the live performances.
SCHEDULE & TICKETS
Doors & Bar: 20:00 - 21:00
Performance: 21:00 - 00:30
DJ Set in the MONOM Bar: 00:30 - 03:00
Tickets are 18€ and available through Resident Advisor
Tickets are not guaranteed at the door.
ENA is a music producer from and based in Tokyo. He is a major player in the Japanese underground dance music scene for more than a decade. Taking influences from early drum & bass productions, rave sound and abstract hip hop, ENA is recognized for his tight production techniques and massive audio dynamics. Uncompromising, forward thinking and unique, his releases on 7even Recordings, Horo and Latency brought international attention and have led to collaborations with likeminded virtuosos such as Felix K and Rashad Becker which were both invited to perform on the main stage of Berlin Atonal festival (in 2016 and 2017 respectively.)
His expert music selection and technical excellence continues to impress the audience in and outside of Japan. Having toured Asia and Europe numerous times and appearing in wide range of prominent international festivals such as Berlin Atonal, rural, Fibre, Mapping and Sun and Bass in the past few years, he is establishing himself as a singular performer fitted to deliver a primetime rave set to a gritty basement fix to abstracted sonic experiments
With the 2017–18 international release of her album Voice Hardcore (on her own BeReKet and New York’s Mesh-Key labels) legendary Japanese musician Phew consolidated her binary interests as vocal performer and, latterly, analogue electronics improviser. Indeed, since her 2013 conversion to analogue electronics Phew has continued evolving her live solo project around the world, charting her progress in a series of self-released CD-Rs sold at her concerts. In 2015 she released her first almost entirely solo-driven CD, aptly titled A New World, on the Japanese label Felicity featuring nine songs backed by herself on electronics and drum machine, with contributions from Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich, and synthesizer/electronics player Hiroyuki Nagashima, among others. Including “Finale 2015”, her remake of her 1980 debut single “Finale”, it turned the Phew story full circle, even as it moved it onto her current phase.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. In 1978 Phew started out as the singer in Aunt Sally, the Osaka punk group she formed after exposure to The Sex Pistols infected her with punk’s self-belief that music was all about doing it yourself. Aunt Sally split up shortly after releasing their self-titled album in 1979. A year later Phew released her debut solo single “Finale”/“Urahara”, produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto. In 1981 she travelled to West Germany to make her debut solo album Phew at legendary producer Conny Plank’s studio near Cologne, accompanied by Plank, and Can’s Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit. She returned to Conny’s studio to make Our Likeness (released by Mute in 1992) with Jaki Liebezeit, former DAF/Liaisons Dangereuses member Chrislo Haas, Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke, and their ex-Crime And The City Solution colleague Thomas Stern. And in 2011, she and Erika Kobayashi formed Project UNDARK to record the texts of Radium Girls with music by the late Dieter Moebius, of Cluster.
These international albums are of a piece with Phew’s career as a performing and recording artist. In Japan she has made a series of acclaimed records under her own name, or leading bands such as Novo Tono and her contemporary punk group Most. Her other projects include the electronics and voice duo Big Picture with Hiroyuki Nagashima.
Prima Materia is a collaboration between artists Cornelia Thonhauser, Daniela Huerta & Tim Novikov.
They work with sound, installations, and the human body, creating sensory and immersive live performances. The movement of the body in the space is the link that connects all the elements; acting as a conduit to create a preternatural environment.
Zoya Zerkalski is a fictional character, who explores the world of electroacoustic improvisation and live performance. Initially inspired by the resonant frequencies of accordion and experimentation with the instrument, lead her to denote her musical expression via means of drone. Through significance of disharmony and sonic dissonance, Zoya is shifting frequencies between intricacy and intensity.
Non-conventional forms of vocal manipulations are strong elements in her compositions, self-performed or often in collaboration with other vocal artists, such as Lisokot with whom Zoya formed an improv duet of the nonsensical kind named Cotenius Z, performing at such venues as Berghain and Funkhaus in 2018.
For MONOM Zoya has prepared a special piece she calls a 'Sonic Play in 4 acts' which moves metaphorically through 4 stages of creative wisdom - represented by the female voice.