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Strom Festival: electronic music at the Berliner Philharmonie

Considered one of the most beautiful and innovative concert halls in the world, the Berliner Philharmonie will host – for the first time in its history! – an electronic music festival! The Strom Festival, a two-day programme of electronic music with cutting-edge artists is scheduled for 7 and 8th, February, from 8pm until 3am.

Strom Festival @ Berliner Philharmoniker. Photo by Reinhard Friedrich

Stefan Goldmann, known for conceiving the Elektroakustischer Salon at Berghain, has curated the event to reflect artists whose work is grounded in electronic music, but with regular practices beyond club music frameworks. Kruder & Dorfmeister, Deena Abdelwahed, Ryoji Ikeda, Nina Kraviz, Don’t DJ, Robert Henke and SØS Gunver Ryberg are some of the artists playing at the Strom Festival. The line-up that emphasizes the growing global significance of electronic music beyond its roots in Western Europe and North America, including acts from Bulgaria, Chile, Japan, Russia’s Far East and Tunisia.

Strom will inhabit three distinct settings: the main auditorium for seated listening and audiovisual performances; the extensive foyer for dance sets, and the Hermann Wolff Room.

The festival does not offer classical crossover, but seeks to present outstanding individual achievement in art at the standards for contemporary composers that are performed by the orchestra, yet with totally different formal and technological backgrounds. The emphasis is less on genres or cultures and more on idiosyncratic takes on the former.

Deena Abdelwahed by Judascompanion.

Both nights of the festival offer around seven hours of music, alternating between the different spatial settings and spanning arcs across highly diverse forms of expression and covering distinctly different performance formats.

Four artists have been invited to address a seated audience in a concentrated listening situation: the downtempo masters Kruder & Dorfmeister, the techno innovator Cristian Vogel, the digital performer Ryoji Ikeda and the collaboration between Stefan Goldmann and Javier Benjamin.

The foyer’s asymmetrical, multi-level architecture will provide the setting for the festival’s dance-centred element which will be headlined by Siberian techno phenomenon Nina Kraviz and Bulgaria’s KiNK, who has established himself as one of the leading live performers of house and techno.

The foyer will also feature visuals specifically designed for Strom Festival by Italian media artist Marco C.

Check out the full lineup below and more info here!

Friday, 7 February 2020
Kruder & Dorfmeister
KiNK
Stefan Goldmann
Voiski
Don’t DJ
Robert Henke (installation)
Marco C. (visuals)

Saturday, 8 February 2020
Nina Kraviz
Ryoji Ikeda
Cristian Vogel
Deena Abdelwahed
SÖS Gunver Ryberg
Robert Henke (installation)
Marco C. (visuals)

*Cover photo: Strom Festival

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