Following its sold-out debut in 2020, the Philharmonie Berlin will once again dedicate two evenings entirely to electronic music with a second Strom Festival.
WHEN: 3 & 4 February 2023
WHERE: Philharmonie Berlin, Germany
The Berlin Philharmonic's own Strom Festival brings together visionary artists whose work is grounded in electronic music but with regular practices beyond club music frameworks to reside for a night in the singular spatial setting of the Philharmonie Berlin. The invited artists are drawn from a wide range of electronic sounds and have reached beyond their core constituencies into different art forms and layers of technology or culture, widened the scope of their respective genres or created new ones altogether.
Considered one of the most beautiful and innovative concert halls in the world, the Philharmonie Berlin is one of Germany's leading cultural institutions, an architectural landmark of the German capital and home to the Berliner Philharmoniker, one of the top orchestras of the world. The great hall, designed by architect Hans Scharoun with the stage in its centre and surrounded by seating on all sides, offers a unique acoustic setting and has served as a model for modern concert hall layouts around the world.
Strom spans three distinct settings.
The Main Auditorium for seated listening and audiovisual performances by Wolfgang Voigt/GAS, one of the most important and productive techno-concept artists since the early 1990s, Hauschka + Kai Angermann, and Robert Henke with his media-archaeological work 'CBM 8032 AV'. Together with composer and sound designer Simon Stockhausen, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker are also part of the festival this time: the newly formed ensemble transformed acoustix is working on a world premiere for Strom.
The foyer of the Philharmonie Berlin will be the space for the dance element of the program. In addition to Juan Atkins, Detroit techno founder and originator of the now globally celebrated music genre, and Marcel Dettmann, resident DJ of Berghain club since the beginning, this stage will feature an AV-set by Blawan and the DJ sets by Nídia, upsammy and Stefan Goldmann.
For the duration of the festival, the Hermann-Wolff-Saal will show the installation 'The Trembling Line' by Aura Satz, which amplifies the movements of acoustic instruments as caused by the physics of sound.
Curator Stefan Goldmann said “Strom combines the unique architecture of the Philharmonie Berlin with performances by international artists whose work is based on repetitive electronic music, but which also extends far beyond the boundaries of functional club use. What they have in common is that they have expanded the form and impact of their genres or completely reshaped them, and that they have built bridges to other art forms and opened up new cultural or technological horizons. Strom does not offer crossover formats between electronic and classical music, but presents highly individualistic performances. These are at the highest artistic level, but take completely different formal and technological paths to the contemporary composers whose works are otherwise performed at the Philharmonie Berlin.”
As quoted by Andrea Zietzschmann, General Manager, Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, “The second edition of Strom, our electronic music festival, will once again open up the Philharmonie to a different audience. As with the successful debut of the festival in February 2020, the Philharmonie will be the venue for acts from various styles of techno and electronic music. The majority of the high-profile and high-calibre artists will be performing for the first time ever in the Philharmonie’s main auditorium and foyer. I am delighted that this time there will be a joint performance by musicians from the Berliner Philharmoniker and the composer and sound designer Simon Stockhausen.”
Nídia (Nidia Minaj)
Hauschka + Kai Angermann (live)
Wolfgang Voigt presents GAS (live / AV)
Aura Satz – 'The Trembling Line'
curated by Stefan Goldmann
Foyer stage visuals and lights by PFA Studios.
(Image Credits: Frankie Casillo, Reinhard Friedrich, website / Berliner Philarmoniker)