For Joseph Kamaru (KMRU) a Nairobi-born Berlin-based sound artist, sound is a sensorial medium through which social, material and conceptual interpretations are manifested in his works. KMRU carries with him a repository of listening experiences from Nairobi and beyond expanding his sonic practices, bringing an awareness of surroundings through creative compositions, installations and performances. He has earned international acclaim from his performances and releases, at the Barbican, Berlin Atonal, Présences électronique, and releases on Editions Mego, Subtext, Seil Records. KMRU has carved out a serious and definitive space on the list of essential authors in ambient experimental music – one of the most prolific and innovative artists in his field.
DJ-set by the curators Shilla Strelka and Elisabeth Falkensteiner aka Inou Ki Endo and Misonica
Inou Ki Endo's preference lies in infernal and cerebral sounds, obscure dilettantes and professional borderliners beyond the musical mainstream. Shilla Strelka is the artistic director of Unsafe+Sounds Festival, hosts concerts in Vienna under the name Struma+Iodine, and is active as a music journalist. As Inou Ki Endo, she is filtering communal sounds and rhythms from the past and the present, drawing from techno, industrial, ambient and noise.
Misonica as a Dj is a strong selector across times and spaces, fusing hidden gems from all over the world and obscure vocal tracks into a coherent, punchy mix between Industrial and EBM, Tribal and Cosmic or experimental sounds.
In her recently presented live sets, she works with field recordings, ambient noises and her voices. They engage with a larger narrative, and guide us into imaginary realms, opening auratic spaces that we can walk in.
The sound performance series Sonic Specters is the first part of the program centering on AIL‘s new topic: Haunted – Persistence of the Past.
Sonic Specters is a cooperation with Struma+Iodine, curated by Shilla Strelka and Elisabeth Falkensteiner
All photos: Marcella Ruiz Cruz