CTM Festival


CTM 2016 – New Geographies examines

CTM collaborates for the first time this year with Neukölln’s WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN. The cooperation’s inaugurative evening features several artists who channel disparate and eclectic influences for kaleidoscopic results.

CTM 2016 – New Geographies examines today’s rapidly collapsing borders and emerging new topographies. Tensions between globalisation and physically bound cultural identities, online worlds that renege the ties of locality, blurring of traditional notions of gender and ethnicity, and intensifying feedback between natural and manmade are examined by the artists, special projects, commissioned works, lecturers and contributors to the festival’s programme. Concerts, performances, an exhibition, discourse programme and more aim to offer a musical framework and sonic entry point into these questions, and to provide the conceptual tools needed to approach this increasing hybridity with greater openness.

On the main floor, DJ sets by Pharoah Chromium bookend each act. The creative collective Batuk, founded by South African electronic music producers Aero Manyelo and Spoek Mathambo together with vocalist Manteiga, uses house music as a vehicle to connect the African diaspora. Maurice Louca shatters the confines of musical categories by absorbing styles ranging from psychedelia to Egyptian shaabi. The Lebanese-Swiss duo Praed employs the experimental electronic music and free jazz traditions to tweak samples from Middle Eastern popular media.

Following a DJ set by New Yorker Dis Fig, the club room at WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN honours the buzzed-about Mexican label NAAFI by presenting two of its most important producers, Zutzut and Paul Marmota. The Puerto Escondido-based initiative and collective, like Berlin’s Janus crew, assembles and absorbs musical trends from the world over at a steady clip, overseeing the production of styles from ballroom house to grime to Jersey club and tribal. Finnish, Berlin-based duo Renaissance Man have long been known for their relentlessly playful techno inventions.

Throughout Saturday evening, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN foyer presents hand-picked sounds by experts in novel musical frontiers. Ziad Nawfal is a Beirut-based DJ, radio host, music promoter and producer. He has spent the better part of the last 20 years excavating, researching, and exposing local and regional independent music talent on his long-standing radio shows ‘Ruptures’ and ‘Decalages’ on Radio-Lebanon 96.2FM. The label Sublime Frequencies picks up where most Western musical initiatives leave off; that is, on the “extra-geographical” frontiers that seem both psychologically and literally as off-map as off-road. They’ll be given free reign to show off some of their findings.

From 29 January – 7 February 2016, CTM 2016, Berlin’s “Festival for Adventurous Music and Art”, examines today’s rapidly collapsing borders and emerging new hybrid topographies, aiming to provide the tools needed to approach the complexities of a polycentric, polychromatic, and increasingly hybrid (music) world with greater openness. Special projects and commissions, as well as artists and sound cultures emanating from less familiar countries and localities and often operating on the fringes of the electronic circuit are featured in greater numbers than ever before.

The full programme can be found on www.ctm-festival.de