After already two very successfull festival editions at Radialsystem Berlin and London’s St Johns Sessions in late spring, Denovali Festival is returning to home edition in the city of Essen/Germany with a 4-day-long festival, happening during the first weekend of October 2015.
This years editions comes with a special focus on audiovisual performances. 10 artists extendend their live-sets with high quality video material featuring sets by Holly Herndon – “the queen of tech-topia” (The Guardian), the master of disintegrated loops William Basinski, Istanbul’s blissed-out space traveler and RBMA academy participant Ah! Kosmos, French producer Mondkopf and his doom laden electronic beats, Blanck Mass – the electronic solo project of Fuck Buttons’ Benjamin John Power, the British futuristic pioneers of dubstep and noise-based sound design Emptyset and Thomas Köner with his new multimedia performance “Expanding Illuminance” amongst others. Though mainly conceived as a label festival, we have invited further guest artsist like drone legend and Sunn O))) founder Stephen O’Malley, Austrians Elektro Guzzi with their instrument-based approach to cathartic club rhythms and Noveller – the solo electric guitar project of Brooklyn-based composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate, who supported St. Vincent on her 2014 tour.
Not limited to one musical genre, the Denovali Festival offers a diverse range of music styles from darker experimental sounds, ambient, drone, indie and electronica to darkjazz, jazz or piano and string driven modern compositions presenting artists from our roster with New York City’s industrial noise composer Oneirogen, Hidden Orchestra with a special remix set, Brighton-based pianist/ violinist Poppy Ackroydkown for her unconventional approach to neoclassical music, Munich’s pianist and composer Carlos Cipa who’s music is fraught with beauty, tension and emotional intensity, Greek electronic music composer Subheim or Orson Hentschel from Düsseldorf with a live-set that has been a blast with its powerful light show and live-drumming on this years label anniversary tour.
DATES: Thursday October 1st – Sunday October 4th 2015
VENUE: Weststadthalle Essen · Germany
– 13 Euro Pre-Evening (Thursday, seated concert, limited to 250 tickets)
– 30 Euro Single Day Ticket (FR, SAT or SUN)
– 90 Euro Festival Ticket (FRI – SUN, excluding Thursday)
FESTIVAL PAGE: denovali.com/festival
Denovali Records is a Germany based independent music label founded in 2005. Not confined to a specific genre the label supports worldwide sound researchers. The program of Denovali Records varies from sometimes improvised darker experimental sounds, ambient, drone, indie and electronica to darkjazz, jazz or piano and string driven modern compositions.
Since 2007 Denovali curates and organizes an international music festival called Denovali Festival. The first editions took place in Essen, Germany – since 2013 Denovali presents similar events in London and Berlin. 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. The music program has over the years more and more attracted an attentive and excitable international audience travelling from mostly European countries, but as well North America, Russia or Australia, which rounds of the concerts sensitive, challenging and enjoyable vibes.
In the past years artists like Andy Stott (uk), Anna von Hausswolff (dk), Barn Owl (usa), Ben Frost (au), Biosphere (no), Bohren und der Club Of Gore (ger), Brandt Brauer Frick (ger), Demdike Stare (uk), Fennesz (a), Forest Swords (uk), Hauschka (ger), James Holden (uk), Jon Hassel (us), Kammerflimmer Kollektief (ger), Karen Gwyer (uk), Moritz von Oswald Trio (ger), Murcof (mex), Nils Frahm (ger), Nils Petter Molvaer (no), Oneohtrix Point Never (us), Oval (ger), Pinch (uk), Porter Ricks (ger), Sunn O))) (us), Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (can), The Haxan Cloak (uk), Thomas Köner (ger), Tim Hecker (can), Ulrich Schnauss (ger) or William Basinski (usa) have joined the festival.
Since 2011 Denovali Festival Essen is taking place at the WeststadtHalle Essen right in the center of the city. The building is one of the industrial monuments of the Ruhr District, which has been transformed into a modern culture venue with a unique atmosphere linked to its heritage.