The line-up of #C2C17: cheek to cheek

The new edition of Club To Club presents artists of utmost importance in the evolution of contemporary sound.

– Innovators and pioneers: from past to present and beyond –

Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the 21st century digital age. Pioneers in electronic music and an endless source of inspiration for a wide range of musical genres (from Electro to Hip Hop, from Techno to SynthPop), they have made an indelible mark on musical history and attained universal acclaim spanning more than four decades. At Club To Club they will perform their 3-D concert series ‘The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8‘: a chronological exploration of Kraftwerk’s sonic and visual experiments that presents eight classic master works from across their celebrated repertoire with spectacular 3D visualisations and effects.

The ever popular New York-based Chilean musician and producer Nicolas Jaar presents a live performance drawing on the material of his recent album ‘Sirens’, a release that reaffirms his position as a key player of this decade’s electronic music scene with its unique mix of synthetic sounds, jazz, classical and psychedelia that describes the fragility of democracy by revisiting Jaar’s family history.

The master of minimal techno Richie Hawtin challenges the distinction between dj set and live with “CLOSE – Spontaneity & Synchronicity” a show which blurs the boundary between man and machine, tearing down the barriers between performer and audience.

 

– Outlining the international sound of today –

Venezuelan musician, producer and singer Arca (who has worked for the likes of Bjork, FKA twigs and Kanye West) makes a return to Club To Club for the Italian premiere of his new live show. His third critically acclaimed self-titled album released by XL Recordings, which also features him as a singer, will be the core of his performance enhanced by the surreal visuals of Jesse Kanda.

The challenging and extreme sound experiments of Ben Frost, the Australian born, Iceland based composer who recently scored the soundtrack to the Sky tv series ‘Fortitude’ will be explored as he plays brand new music at Club To Club in an unmissable collaboration with the much lauded multidisciplinary design collective, United Visual Artists (UVA).

Live on stage with his band, Los Angeles sax player Kamasi Washington, whose collaboration with Kendrick Lamar and prodigious album “The Epic” earned him a leading position in the new jazz scene, will also perform music from his new EP “Harmony of Difference”.

Soul, funk, disco, electronica make up the colourful sound of Jungle, the London collective who in 2014 won critics and audiences with their eponymous debut album, currently working on new material.

The Black Madonna has become one of the most in demand dj / producers in the world of club music thanks to the way she blends house, disco and techno in a broad and inclusive vision, with an attitude which is exhilarating and without compromise.

And there are great expectations for the live performance by Bonobo, the British electronic music veteran who recently released his moving and colourful sixth album “Migration” on Ninja Tune.

 

– Sounds from the underground and new perspectives –

The #C2C17 programme explores in depth some of the most innovative underground music scenes.

With regard to this, the presence of experimental producer Jlin is key: with her latest and most potent work to date ‘Black Origami’, she leaves the conventions of footwork behind, instead taking inspiration by a profound encounter between spirituality and movement. For many critics, the album is already considered among the best of 2017, as is the breathtaking ‘AZD’ by Actress which took it’s inspiration from Blade Runner, Rammellzee and Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem.

Powell returns to Club To Club, with an audio-visual show that sees his music working in synergy with the visuals of Wolfgang Tillmans. Powell is one of the most unpredictable artists in the new British electronic scene, as demonstrated by the challenging attitude of his debut album “Sport” released on XL Recordings. German photographer Tillmans is the first non-English winner of the Turner Prize (2000), and has collaborated with artists ranging from Pet Shop Boys to Frank Ocean. His works were recently collected in a solo exhibition at Tate Modern, where he also debuted his show with Powell.

There’s a real cult surrounding Demdike Stare, the English duo who explore the most esoteric side of electronic music on their invigorating new album ‘Wonderland’.

A dense, captivating and impressionist sound experience is offered by Laurel Halo, the producer and musician born in Michigan, now resident in Berlin: with her new album ‘Dust’ she brings together her most singular work to date.

Berlin-based DJ, producer and musician Bill Kouligas is the founder of PAN, a label that for almost 10 years has nurtured artists such as Lee Gamble, M.E.S.H. and Yves Tumor, sharing their futuristic vision. His contemporary approach explores the interaction between languages of graphic design, video and electronic music.

One of the key artists in the project named The Italian New Wave, Shapednoise falls somewhere between electronic and noise techno. With his intense, sharp and captivatingly unique style he has demonstrated his unquestionable versatility, gaining the appreciation of illustrious pioneers like Aphex Twin.

 

– Debuts and future promises –

In the wake of the resounding popularity in Italy with songs such as “Nove maggio” e “Tu t’e scurdat’ ‘e me”, the Liberato project comes to Club To Club, with a brand new audiovisual show debuting for the occasion.

Mura Masa is the stage name for the up-and-coming 21-years-old British producer with a very individual sound who just released his eponymous debut album, featuring a host of high profile guests including Damon Albarn and A$AP Rocky.

Welsh singer and producer Kelly Lee Owens also debuted in 2017 with a stunning album titled after her own name, a hypnotic and delightful blend of dream pop and ambient techno, while Norwegian duo Smerz (Henriette Motzfeldt e Catharina Stoltenberg) unravel their electronic/r&b sound through a series of singles, the most recent of them being ‘Oh My My’, which sees them joining the roster of XL Recordings.

Yves Tumor is one of the most atypical artists of his generation. His recent debut record “Serpent Music” (released on experimental Berlin label Pan) is rich in original ideas, moving between psychedelic r&b and experimental rhythms.

Also: K Á R Y Y N, the American composer of Armenian-Syrian descent who recently released her dazzling debut EP “Quanta 1”; Visible Cloaks, the Portland-based duo that reimagines Japanese ambient and pop as in their recent album “Reassemblage”; the shape-shifting Canadian producer Jacques Greene who will be presenting material from “Feel Infinite”, his long-awaited debut album which effortlessly mixes house, bass, hip-hop and R&B.

Finally, a debut for Mana, the new project for Turin producer Daniele Mana (already known as Vaghe Stelle). His new EP ‘Creature’ is released on Kode9’s Hyperdub label. Absorbing the sounds of Shostakovitch, Drexciya, Darkthrone, Frank Ocean and Paul Lansky, he refashions them over eight tracks into an almost operatic record – a rich, melodrama of dark tension and excitable in-your-face synth melodies.