Martina Berther // Contagious
Contagious © Sylvia Steinhaeuser
Contagious © Sylvia Steinhaeuser
Maria Berther © Alexandra Baumgartner
Maria Berther © Alexandra Baumgartner

Contagious © Sylvia Steinhaeuser | Maria Berther © Alexandra Baumgartner

Saturday, 31 August, 2024 - 20:30

Martina Berther // Contagious

Martina Berther
Andrea Neumann
Sabine Ercklentz
Mieko Suzuki

Doors 20.30 Uhr | Concerts 21 Uhr | Tickets (only at door) € 10,--

Martina Berther (solo)
Martina Berther – bass, preparations, effects

Sabine Ercklentz – trumpet, electronics 
Andrea Neumann – inside piano, mixer 
Mieko Suzuki – electronics, turntable

Bassist Martina Berther has been researching and expanding the sonic potential of her instrument for years. As part of her live practice, the Zurich based musician works with pedals, preparations and unconventional playing techniques. From gentle drones to rhythmic noise to lyrical sounds, Martina Berther explores the musical richness of the electric bass. She always oscillates between the abstract and the concrete, the physical. Her current solo album “Bass Works: As I Venture Into” was released in April 2024. In addition to her work as a solo musician, Martina Berther tours with her bands Ester Poly and AUL as well as with the singer Sophie Hunger. She also writes music for film, theater and installations.

It was two innovative forces from the Berlin Echtzeitmusik and improvisation scene, Andrea Neumann and Sabine Ercklentz, who founded the group Contagious together with the celebrated DJ Mieko Suzuki. Contagious are not just a trio, they are an organism. Inside piano, turntables, trumpet and the pulse of various effects processors are the material with which the three musicians create something new and exciting. Andrea Neumann, Sabine Ercklentz and Mieko Suzuki form a unit that is constantly moving and continually developing. The constant tension between the three, between their actions and reactions, can be felt every second of their live concerts. An intensive dialogue with the aim of merging tonal and artistic opposites.

The concert takes place as part of the Month of Contemporary Music Berlin (Monat der zeitgenössischen Musik).

Supported by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion.

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