We don't write often about music, but when we do, it's because we simply cannot shut up about it. It's really that good. It's Heroines of Sound!
The fifth edition of this unique and thoughtfully curated festival is celebrating women’s contribution to the musical landscape past and present over three days (December 6–8, 2018), at HAU2, Berlin. The event hosts concerts, installations, performances, videos, and discussions of various formats to showcase female electronic music artists at the highest levels of avant-garde pop, experimental, and classical electronic music.
This year the festival puts an emphasis on the American film pioneer Mary Ellen Bute. Her animated abstract short films based on musical arrangement principles were described by Bute as "Seeing Sound". The festival’s specially commissioned works include new compositions for three of these films.
In addition to this, the festival presents the premiere of Steffi Weismann's performance Generation S, alongside Wilde & Hülcker’s commissioned work MftT#3a. Performances by Marta Zapparoli, Paula Schopf, Jessica Ekomane, Fågelle, and Claudia Robles-Angel provide insights into the broad spectrum of live electronic performances that treat light and video as musical material.
Special highlights are the legendary Berlin musician Gudrun Gut presenting her newly published album on Thursday; the concert of the Ensemble KNM Berlin with two German premieres by internationally renowned composers Katharina Rosenberger and Jessie Marino on Friday; and the aforementioned Steffi Weismann, Paula Schopf and Jessica Ekomane on Saturday. The last festival day ends with an afterparty at WAU with DJ Mary C.
PS. Come early – the schedule is very on time and you might not get in during the performance! And yes, boys are allowed too! The more, the merrier.
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Heroines of Sound
December 6–8, 2018
HAU2 / Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin