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Karl-Marx-Str. 28, Berlin 12043

Marcia Bassett: Zaïmph

Zaïmph is the solo project of Marcia Bassett. Zaïmph’s recordings and performances shimmer with a dense, dissonant and often unsettling electronic aura, shot through with flashes of meditative beauty. Her preferred sonic toolkit includes prepared guitar, keyboard, cracked drum machines, custom-built noise/drone boxes, processed environmental sounds and tabletop effects.

“It would be tough to write a history of the last two decades in underground music without including Marcia Bassett … and any angle would have to include Zaïmph, Bassett’s solo project. Through small-run releases on numerous labels, including her own, Heavy Blossom), Zaïmph has carved out a unique take on decaying feedback, assaultive fuzz, echoey ambience, and abstract expression.” – Marc Masters, Pitchfork, The Out Door

Maria Chavez

Improvised solo turntable performance that combines recorded sounds from vinyl records with the electroacoustic sounds of vinyl and needle in various deteriorating phases. This raw approach merges the practice of improvisation with the inherent unstable conditions of a turntable, allowing accidents to dictate each sound piece.

Born in Lima, Peru and based in NYC, Maria Chávez is best known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist, and DJ. Accidents, coincidence, and failures are themes that unite her sound sculptures, installations and other works with her improvised solo turntable performance practice.

“Over the last decade, Chavez has pursued pristine and thoughtful turntablist work.”- The Wire

“Chavez’s machines pop, crackle, screech, and emit bursts of music and noise as they grapple with inputs they were not built to read. Chavez has hijacked a system meant to precisely replicate sounds and pushed it to the extremes of its function, discovering beautiful, chaotic aural landscapes in the process.” – Sophie Weiner, The Village Voice

Audrey Chen and Megumi Eda

Performing together for the first time, Chen and Eda will be revisiting the process of internal/external corporeal movement and primal athleticism, combining Chen's vocal hyper extensions, the analog controlled chaos of Peter B's Fourses, and Eda's gracefully obtuse/alien movement vocabularies.

"Beautiful ballerinas are often caught in their own beauty. They definitely don’t know how to mug. But Megumi can morph in a flash from small boy to impossibly regal diva to a small squirrel chewing on a nut.”

– Laurie Anderson

"Chen has created an uncompromising and idiosyncratic music, tightly disciplined yet acoustically wild and heavy with implication.
Her ultra-verbal vocalising, often reminiscent of the visceral and emotionally charged sound poetry of François Dufréne or Henri Chopin, exposes physiological aspects of utterance that are concealed within standardised articulation and day to day speech. Fleshy, breath-driven and flecked with spittle, Chen's voice emanates not just from her mouth but from an ensemble of upper body surfaces, channels, passages and cavities." - Julien Cowley, The Wire

Earlier Event: December 1
Later Event: February 8