A welcome return of Denovali Swingfest, which takes place in London on 18th/19th April.
It’s an experimental music festival put together by the music label Denovali, that takes place at two remarkable venues: Village Underground (April 18th) & Cafe Oto (April 19th).
It sticks to the same concept of the festivals in Berlin and Essen, where they have invited artists from their label like Piano Interrupted, Origamibiro and Petrels plus selected non-label artists featuring The Haxan Cloak, Anna von Hausswolff, Porter Ricks, Ulrich Schnauss or Hidden Orchestra with a special AV show together with Lumen.
Not limited to one musical genre, the festival offers a diverse range of music styles from darker experimental sounds, ambient, electronica to indie, jazz or piano and string driven modern compositions. As always the sets of the 11 performing artists will be as long as a real club show (around an hour).
Please see below for more information on the event but if you are interested in attending then please get in touch asap as space is very limited.
LINEUP SWINGFEST LONDON 2014
The 2014 London edition of the festival will feature 11 artists. Their sets will – as always – be as long as a proper club concert.
DAY 1 – Friday April 18 – Village Underground London
:: Porter Ricks (GER)
:: The Haxan Cloak (UK)
:: Anna von Hausswolff (SWE)
:: Hidden Orchestra (UK) + Lumen (UK) (special AV concert)
:: Ulrich Schnauss (GER)
:: Witxes (FRA)
:: John Lemke (GER)
DAY 2 – Saturday April 19 – Cafe Oto London
:: Thomas Köner (GER)
:: Piano Interrupted (UK)
:: Origamibiro (UK)
:: Petrels (UK)
ticket preorder at www.denovali.com/swingfest
– 28£ for a Friday ticket
– 18£ for a Saturday ticket (limited to 200)
– 46£ for a festival ticket
DAY 1 – FRIDAY APRIL 18th – VILLAGE UNDERGROUND LONDON
LINE UP DAY 1
Porter Ricks (GER) , The Haxan Cloak (UK), Anna von Hausswolff (SWE), Hidden Orchestra (UK) + Lumen (UK) (special AV concert), Ulrich Schnauss (GER), Witxes (FRA), John Lemke (GER)
VENUE DAY 1
Village Underground is a multi-purpose space for creativity and culture in the heart of East London, part creative community, part arts venue and has opened its doors in 2007. The main Village Underground centre is housed in a renovated turn-of-the-century warehouse primed for everything from concerts and club nights to exhibitions, theatre, live art and other performances. High above Great Eastern Street, atop the venue, four recycled Jubilee line train carriages and shipping containers make up the creative studios of Village Underground. Music-wise, indie, electronic, experimental, hip-hop and much more besides could potentially feature on any given night at Village Underground. www.villageunderground.co.uk
DETAILED LINE UP INFO
Porter Ricks (GER)
::: Sound project and live performance by German producers Thomas Köner & Andy Mellwig. The name Porter Ricks is based on character from the TV series “Flipper”. “The nautical view evokes a clear vision, something freeing. The club as a diving platform, and techno as a nautical sound experience, a project that lies between clubs and art.”
::: “Many of these ideas have permeated so deeply into the culture that it’s hard to remember a time without them, but we wouldn’t have Burial, to name just one of the duo’s distant descendants, without Porter Ricks’ seafloor crackle and mottled-granite color scale.” Pitchfork (8.5/ 10)
::: listen: www.soundcloud.com/_type/sets/porter-ricks-biokinetics
The Haxan Cloak (UK)
::: „Excavation gains power from gathering a little dust for a while, becoming a dark treat to occasionally sink into. It’s not a place in which to seek refuge from life’s ills, but rather one in which you can satisfy a perverse need to draw them in closer.“ (Pitchfork)
::: listen: www.soundcloud.com/tri_angle_records/the-haxan-cloak-the-mirror
Anna von Hausswolff (SWE)
::: “It feels big, the way the Cure’s “Plainsong” or Zola Jesus’ Conatus felt.” (Pitchfork)
::: listen: www.annavonhausswolff.com
Hidden Orchestra (UK) + Lumen (UK) (special AV concert)
::: special AV concert with a video installation by Lumen
::: cinematic soundscapes with a big sound and wonderful string arrangements; 2 drummers + piano + bass + violin
::: listen: www.denovali.com/hiddenorchestra
Ulrich Schnauss (GER)
::: one of the most fascinating ambient+electronica producers of today
::: listen: www.soundcloud.com/ulrich-schnauss
::: Roaming, roving and raving were giving birth to melodic spaces fed on colourful sound layers, shimmering textures and residual traces of sonic instants
::: listen: www.denovali.com/witxes
John Lemke (GER)
::: Using all kinds of interesting methods of sound design, Lemke fused a myriad of ideas and atmospheres into a unique whole that is stimulating, elegant, and edgy just in the right places. (…) This is refreshing music. One of the very best of 2013, no doubt. (Igloomag)
::: listen: www.denovali.com/johnlemke
DAY 2 – SATURDAY APRIL 19 – CAFE OTO
LINE UP DAY 2
Thomas Köner (GER), Piano Interrupted (UK), Origamibiro (UK), Petrels (UK)
VENUE DAY 2
Cafe OTO opened in April 2008 with the aim of providing a home for creative new music that exists outside of the mainstream. Cafe OTO is comprised of one large cafe/performance space open during the day as a cafe and hosting an evening programme of adventurous live music almost seven nights a week. A fine home for a wide range of experimental music.www.cafeoto.co.uk
DETAILED LINE UP INFO
Thomas Köner (GER)
::: Over his long, much celebrated career, he has worked on several distinguished installation works, sound art and minimal soundscapes.
::: listen: www.denovali.com/thomaskoner
Piano Interrupted (UK)
::: “there are nods to minimalism, film scores and cinematic soundscapes, glitch and ambient, post-rock, neo-classical piano and jazz…”
::: listen: www.denovali.com/pianointerrupted
::: Origamibiro like to create work with an array of unorthodox processes and contraptions, found objects, video feeds and multi instrumentalism. Their aim is to create works of texture, lyricism and intensity.
::: listen: www.denovali.com/origamibiro
::: “A swirling cataract of a record, a deluge of beautiful noise and crushing melody, which ebbs and flows beneath the surface.”
::: listen: www.denovali.com/petrels
Since 2007 Denovali Records curates and organizes an international music festival called Denovali Swingfest. The first editions took place in Essen, Germany – since 2013 Denovali presents similar events in London and Berlin. The name Swingfest is an homage to the Swing Kids being active during the Nazi dictatorship. Focussed on various forms of experimental and adventurous music the lineup offers a wonderful opportunity to discover a wide range of international Denovali artists live and is rounded off by various renowned non-label guest artists. A hallmark of the festival is the renunciation of the headliner principle: all artists are receiving the same attention – the length of each artist’s concert is equal. In addition to the musical program the festival features yearly changing specials like an experimental film cinema, installations or lectures.
In the past years artists like Sunn O))), William Basinski, Murcof, Andy Stott, Fennesz, Tim Hecker, Hauschka, Biosphere, Emika, Barn Owl, Nils Frahm, Floex, Ulrich Schnauss, Hidden Orchestra, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Bohren und der Club Of Gore, Bersarin Quartett or Nadja performed at the festival.
See full history under: www.denovali.com/swingfest/london/?history