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A L’ARME! Vol. X

Feste & Festival improvisation experimental music Berlin live music avant-garde jazz International festival

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Music is something that needs to be experienced. It requires excitement, friction, and confrontation. Especially right now, in our current moment, when one existential crisis follows the next—now is the time to show courage, cross boundaries, and blaze new trails. And so A L’ARME! will once again be bringing a host of unwaveringly innovative artists to Berlin for yet another festival of uncompromising sound.

Ten years of A L’ARME!—that means ten years of innovation through improvisation and collaboration, ten years of sound research through physical and acoustic immersion. The big anniversary edition Vol. X will take place from August 10 to 13 at Silent Green as well as Radialsystem in Berlin. This year, the international festival for anything but the status quo or a false sense of security will be more diverse than ever before.

The programme builds a bridge from metal to sound art and electronica all the way to jazz and spoken word. The Norwegian band Shining, whose 2010 album Blackjazz played a decisive role in inspiring us to create A L’ARME!, will perform their fierce avant garde metal.

At Vol. X, this energy will be taken up by artists like the American poet and musician Moor Mother, who, together with an ensemble, will celebrate the world premiere of her work Jazzcodes. Furthermore, the trios of Claire Rousay/Macie Stewart/Ken Vandermark and Anja Lauvdal/Heida Johannesdottir/Maja S.K. Ratkje will both be performing in Berlin for the first time ever. After her acclaimed performance last year, bassist Farida Amadou will be returning with a new ensemble, while drummer Katharina Ernst will premiere her musical collective Ventil’s audio-visual show.

At A L’ARME! Vol. X, the polyphonic chorus of these and many other artists will once again create space for the unexpected, for renewed courage and for new ideas. What perspective can experimental music offer us on the crises of the 21st century? Let’s find out together!

Deck:  A L’ARME! X Anniversary Lounge - Public Viewing Concert Films A L’ARME! 2020+2021 Natural “Naked” Wine Bar & Networking


Set 1 Halle: 8:00 PM

NAKAMA - Christian Meaas Svendsen (NO) — double-bass Andreas Røysum (NO) — clarinet, guitar, Klaus Holm (NO) — saxophone, clarinet, Ayumi Tanaka (NO/JP) — piano, Andreas Wildhagen (NO) — drums


Set 2 Saal: 9:00 PM  *Premiere

ROUSAY / STEWART / VANDERMARK - Claire Rousay (US) — percussion, voice, Macie Stewart (US) — keyboards, violin, voice, Ken Vandermark (US) — saxophones, clarinet


Set 3 Saal: 10:00 PM

BRETSCHNEIDER / JELINEK PRS. BEISPIEL - Jan Jelinek (Berlin) — modular, Frank Bretschneider (Berlin) — modular


Set 4 Halle: 11:00 PM. *Premiere

AMADOU / ILLVIBE / CRUDUP III - Farida Amadou (BE) — electric bass, Vincent von Schlippenbach / DJ Illvibe (DE) — turntables, Warren G. Crudup III (US) — drums


An event by Louis Rastig and Karina Mertin/ABOUTNOW. In cooperation with Radialsystem Berlin.

Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. With generous support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy. 

Funded by NEUSTART KULTUR / Initiative Musik / Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM)

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