arrowWorldtronics 2010 (01.- 04.12) – Barcelona meets Berlin (02.12.)

02.12.10 by Kim

Electronica Surprise – Festival
1. – 4.12.2010

2night: Barcelona meets Berlin

“Club or concert hall? Neo-classical or Ghetto-Tech? – In recent months, the experts have been engaged in increasingly intense and worried discussions of the future of electronic music. It’s as if this child of the eighties has emerged from its wild teenage years and is now grown-up and statesmanlike. Those seeking youthful rebelliousness are increasingly hunting among HipHop bastards and Indie-Rock mash-ups.

The four evenings of this festival aim to show that there are other approaches to electronic music, too. The Catalan Rumba, held in contempt for so long, is being redefined in Barcelona while musicians from Berlin learn alternatives to the straight bass drum in Nairobi. In Russia, Soviet Pop, Art Rock and old folk adages fuse and we get the vaguest notion of what’s going in Mexico when we learn that the global electronicist Matias Aguayo, commissioned as curator, has selected acts as diverse as a folk band and a one-man-show from the beach at Acapulco.

At the 02.12. Barcelona meets Berlin with the artists.

AiAiAi | DJ Txarly Brown | Asférico + Reparto Caribe | Bradien

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Thu 02.12.2010 | 20:00 h | Admission: Day ticket 10 € / 8 €, Festival ticket 30 €.

For quite some time DJ Txarly Brown has been enjoying immense success remixing Catalan Rumba-Funk of the seventies. This inspired the group Ai Ai Ai, who set the tone in their day, to put together a reunion. Asférico & Reparto Caribe mix Laptop-Clicks with Latin-Jazz, while Bradien completes the program with „summery folk ease“(„De:Bug“).

In Cooperation with the In-Edit Festival

Barcelona can almost challenge Berlin as a Mecca for the global electronic scene. At the same time, the Catalan metropolis is known for softer, dreamier pop sounds. The shining example is the group Bradien. But there is also another movement which is based on the city’s almost forgotten, yet highly interesting, musical past. In the mid-twentieth century, it was the birthplace of the Catalan Rumba, which drew on various Latin, Funk and Soul influences, but above all, from elements of Gypsy music and became one of the most popular musical directions in Spain in the 60s and 70s. The success of the compilation series “Achilifunk“, which has been dedicated to this music for some years now, not only spawned a range of remixes and digitally modernized versions of this style, it also prompted some of its old protagonists to resume their professional careers. If ever proof were needed of Barcelona’s vocal diversity, the project Asférico & Reparto Caribe delivers it: a unique experiment, in which laptop sounds meet Latin Jazz.

Four musical packages that could not be more different, four helpings of ELECTRONICA SURPRISE.” (HKW Berlin)

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