concerts and film screening

• Thu 11 04 2019 •
IN BETWEEN SPACES #1 Mediterranean Crossings



Venue: Stadtgarten, Venloer Straße 40, 50672 Köln
In English language
12€ / 8€ (reduced)

A cooperation of ZAM Zentrum für Aktuelle Musik e.V. with Akademie der Künste der Welt/Köln and the Europäischen Zentrum für Jazz und Aktuelle Musik im Stadtgarten.
Curated by Thomas Gläßer.

The first edition of IN BETWEEN SPACES: Mediterranean Crossings - explores the Mediterranean as connection and fluid border between Africa and Europe. Concerts and a sonic lecture, films, talks and discussions address colonial history and the current state of the EU’s border regime, cross-cultural connections and future perspectives.

Negus, a conceptual documentary by Italian duo INVERNOMUTO starring Lee 'Scratch' Perry, explores the convergence of history, myth and magic through the complex and competing legacies of Ethiopia’s last emperor Haile Selassie I. In Italy during the fascist rule of Mussolini, Selassie was portrayed as a black devil, justifying Italy’s atrocious invasion and occupation of Ethiopia. During the same period the religion of Rastafarianism emerged in Jamaica and claimed Selassie as their living God and as black Christ resurrected. Negus is powered from the void between these two irreconcilable realities.

The evening is opened by AZMARI SYNTHESIS, the new project of musician and producer ETHIOPIAN RECORDS which mixes his electronics with the traditional Ethiopian instruments masinqo, washint and kebero. A pivotal figure of the experimental electronic scene in Addis Ababa, he creates an exciting hybrid music with traces from Ethio-Jazz stalwarts Hailu Mergia and Mulatu Astatke to Mala or J Dilla.
In his experimental dub project STILL (“I”, PAN, 2018), Simone Trabucchi conveys the research threads to Ethiopia and Jamaica emerging in “Negus”: Using the medium of language, the record is multi-layered with meanings contemplating the historical weight of words. Between the sonic and semantic layers of the project, a dense resonance between the past and the present emerges, a tapestry of computerized riddims, deep bass and the polyphonic voices of several African-Italian MCs.

ETHIOPIAN RECORDS, born ENDEGUENA MULU, is one of the leading lights of Ethiopia’s burgeoning electronic music scene. Mixing Ethiopia’s traditional music, jazz sounds and rhythms with electronic styles like UKG, Ambient and Bass music, he created the new genre “Ethiopiyawi Electronic”.

SIMONE BERTUZZI and SIMONE TRABUCCHI have been collaborating as INVERNOMUTO since 2003. Invernomuto explores what remains of subcultures by moving through different media. Bertuzzi and Trabucchi have developed individual lines of research into sound with the outlets Palm Wine and STILL, respectively. Their in-depth field work lead to Negus: a series of sculptures, installations and a feature-length experimental documentary.

Shapeshifting through vernacular worlds of sound and imagery, Milan artist and musician STILL (aka SIMONE TRABUCCHI)´s practice is defined by a nomadic approach. After developing his personal take on ‘folk’ music through a number of releases under the alias DRACULA LEWIS, his new moniker STILL follows the unearthing of the minor histories that link his hometown to Ethiopia and Jamaica.

Presented by WDR COSMO & Stadtrevue

Funded by the Fonds TURN of the German Federal Cultural Foundation
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