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Tashweesh Sounds blends avant-pop, ritualistic club music, dreamy glitch effects and beats over 160 BPM creating a resonating space for feminist utopias full of danceable dissonances.
Lafawndah’s journey to her current incarnation as a devotional pop polymath has wound as unpredictably as her compositional style. Her traversing of musical and artistic milieus has been defined by a freedom of tone, surrealist sense of space, and assured manipulation of formal and psychological tension.
With her precision-tuned debut album Ancestor Boy, she was catapulted into the vibrant centre of contemporary arts in 2019, followed by the release – via the Paris-based cult label Latency – The Fifth Season, which “is imbued with the tension and power of a live instrumental performance, at once intriguing and nerve-wracking” (Pitchfork).
She has collaborated with Laure Prouvost (French Pavilion, Venice Biennale) or Jacolby Satterwhite, scoring runways for Kenzo, Chanel and Fendi. At the same time, she left powerful impressions at her concerts at the Haus der Kunst, Barbican Center and Sónar Festival. Lafawndah’s latest performance is a trio with the drummer Sebastian Forrester and the guitar player Trustfall, which puts Lafawndah’s cinematic storytelling and instrumental explorations at the forefront and promises to be an energetic live experience.
Liliane Chlela (CA/LB)
Digging deep inside Liliane Chlela’s music, one will find relentless, dark electronic beats mingled with anger and anguish.
The producer, DJ and performer is widely known in the electronic and experimental scenes for her unique and audacious approach to sound, stirring audiences into pushing the limits of their auditory experiences ever further. Through her signature techniques, she explores the relationship between improvisation and the manipulation of sounds from wide-ranging musical genres.
With three self-produced albums already under her belt, Chlela’s latest album Safala blends field recordings, memories and incantations with pioneering and disruptive sounds. For this live interpretation of Safala, she will tap into her heritage and birth a sonic concoction anchored in the inherited oral epistemologies of her ancestors.
Tony Renaissance (AT)
Establishing connections between soft and harsh sound spaces, Tony Renaissance is opening zones for the exploration of care and exaltation. Dealing with loss, lust, pain, desire, queer joy and transformation, Tony Renaissance’s sound seeks intensities and has peaked with the latest release Xxxerberus. Sensitively constructed vocal sample arrangements topped with spoken texts contrast rhythmic noise productions with distorted glitching vocals, pushing pulses up to 163bpm. As a co-founder of the event series The Future, member of the Sounds Queer? collective and founder of the Vienna-based label Tender Matter, Tony is promoting and highlighting the work of queer, non-binary, Trans and gender nonconforming artists in electronic music.
DJ DIAMOND (AT)
DJ DIAMOND has found her way into the heart of the Viennese underground by always giving what you didn’t know you wanted and needed. She implemented different types of harder styles, constantly pushing the general tempo limit and comfort zone. She has steadily progressed towards hardcore and gabber by combining early sounds with newer productions. She’s been active in Viennas rave scene for five years, playing at different clubs, venues and lefty demonstrations on the way. Her shows are always intense, fun and tempo-driven.
Lucia Kagramanyan (AM/AT)
Lucia is the host of Panorama Yerevan on NTS Radio, which is centered around research in Armenian music, using various methodologies to introduce the listeners worldwide to the archival recordings of the Armenian Public Radio across decades and new music from rising artists in Armenia and from the diaspora. She currently studies Critical Studies at the Acadamy of Fine Arts Vienna.