Borderline Festival 2018 / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Borderline Festival 2018

19-22 APR 2018
Inside & Outside the OCC
For the eighth year in a row, get ready for sound to be pushed to and beyond its limits at the OCC and around the city. The Athenian festival that's not afraid to experiment is now very much at home at the OCC.
Does it make sense to talk about borders in music? How can you fence in sound, a physical phenomenon that travels through solids, liquids and gases alike? Can we get to grips with something that's in a state of constant flux, with what dominates the here and now?
Starting out with these questions, Borderline invites us to surrender to the infinitude of sound and experience live music free of barriers and compartmentalization. Song and noise, composition and improvisation, live dj sets and sound installations, talks and other activities at the 8th iteration of the Athenian festival that continues to support experimentation, new collaborations and sonic quests of every sort. At the OCC and beyond.

Thursday 19 April
20:30 | Main Stage | OCC
Echo and Narcissus by Μedea Electronique

Friday 20 April
20:00 | Upper Stage | OCC
Alan Courtis (with a group of people with intellectual disability)
Francisco Meirino
Angharad Davies, Tisha Mukarji & Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Richard Dawson

Saturday 21 April
18:00 | Agricultural University of Athens (in collaboration with the Geometries exhibition)
Pierre Berthet | Performance

20:00 | E.D.W.
Yoni Silver
Scanner & Maria Papadomanwlaki

22:00 | Romantso
Lawrence English
Pan Daijing

Sunday 22 April
18:00 | Agricultural University of Athens (in collaboration with  the Geometries exhibition)
Pierre Berthet | Performance

21:00-23:00 | Upper Stage | OCC
Oren Ambarchi & Crys Cole
Inner Space: Siberia (HELM, Moa Pillar και EFTD)


Saturday 21 April
12:00 | E.D.W.
Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) | Talk 

Sunday 22 April
12:00-16:00 | Ymittos
Field Recording Workshop | Lawrence English: Radical Listening

Friday 20–Sunday 22 April:
Agricultural University of Athens (in collaboration with  the Geometries exhibition)
Pierre Berthet | Installation


Curated by: Michalis Moschoutis

Featuring: Pan Daijing, Richard Dawson, Babyfather, Helm-Moa Pillar-Embassy For The Displaced, Anla Courtis, Scanner-Maria Papadomanolaki, Oren Ambarchi-crys cole, Yoni Silver, Constantine, Francisco Meirino, Angharad Davies-Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga-Tisha Mukarji, and others.

Pierre Berthet's participation is supported by:

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Oren Ambarchi & Crys Cole
Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, "re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it’s no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it’s a laboratory for extended sonic investigation" (The Wire, UK).
Oren Ambarchi's works are hesitant and tense extended songforms located in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing; laminal improvisation and minimalism; hushed, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock music, slowed down and stripped back to its bare bones, abstracted and replaced with pure signal
Crys Cole is a Canadian sound artist working in composition, improvised performance and sound installation. Generating subtle and imperfect sounds through haptic gestures, she creates textural works that continuously retune the ear, delicately seeking to both reveal, and obscure, the intricacy of seemingly mundane sounds and sources. She has exhibited and performed in Canada, Europe, Japan, Thailand, Australia, and the USA. In addition to her ongoing collaborations with James Rushford and Oren Ambarchi (AU), she has also worked with Keith Rowe, Lance Austin Olsen, Jamie Drouin, Mathieu Ruhlmann, Tetuzi Akiyama, Seiji Morimoto, Jessika Kenney, Tim Olive and many more. Her work has been published on labels Black Truffle, Penultimate Press, Touch, MeGO, caduc, Bocian, Another Timbre and Infrequency editions.

Babyfather is a London based group featuring Dean Blunt, DJ Escrow, Gassman, Triumph ALLAH and Lady T. Their debut album, BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow, was released in 2016 on Hyperdub and also includes contributions from Arca and Mica Levi.

Constantine - Hades live with Dafin Antoniadou
Constantine’s work goes beyond the boundaries of conventional music and could be described as a mass of overloaded and piercing sound made of guitars, amplifiers, orchestral instruments, prepared piano, old tube radios and field recordings. Music influenced by metal, classical minimalism and drone. His critically acclaimed debut album Hades was released on Bedouin Records and was ranked amongst the best albums of 2017 according to influential platforms such as Headphone Commute, A Closer Listen, Tartine de contrebasse, Mutual Grimness and more. For Borderline Festival, Constantine will be collaborating with rising choreographer Dafin Antoniadou for a live audio/dance performance based on music from Hades and the unique choreographic language that derived from the artists’ previous collaboration titled MATTER.

Pan Daijing
Perched on the cutting edge where Berlin’s music and art scenes blur into one another, Pan Daijing‘s music is steeped in dark noise and cinematic atmospherics, drifting into eerie drone and twisted beats. EP releases on Noisekölln and Bedouin Records have worked as enticing stepping stones towards the Chinese-born artist’s debut LP Lack, out on PAN in July 2017.
Her purgative, often physical performances have recently pummelled the festival stages of CTM, Sonar, and Atonal, whilst also crafting sonic installations for exhibitions and live scored art performances and dance shows.

Angharad Davies, Tisha Mukarji, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga
Angharad Davies, Tisha Mukarji and Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga formed the trio Outwash joining forces for a performance and a recording session in St Anne and St Agnes church in the City of London, in December 2011. Their cd Outwash released in 2012 by Another Timbre made it to several end-of-the-year lists including The Wire’s ‘Outer Limits’. 
“The balance in the trio is wonderful, with each taking it in turns to add rhythmic parts, with patterns often appearing in the music as it gradually revolves, but with each of the group choosing their moment to disrupt things. Mukarji’s piano adds a wonderful depth to the music, often dipping into deep, booming wooden strikes to offset the lighter touch of the shorter strings, and Lazaridou-Chatzigoga adds a glowing warmth to proceedings, her sounds softer and rounder than the grainy textured masterstrokes of Davies’ violin." – Richard Pinnell, The Watchful Ear

Richard Dawson
Rising up from the bed of the River Tyne, a voice that crumbles and soars, that is steeped in age-old balladry and finely-chiseled observations of the mundane, Richard Dawson is a skewed troubadour at once charming and abrasive. His shambolically virtuosic guitar playing stumbles from music-hall tune-smithery to spidery swatches of noise-color, swathed in amp static and teetering on the edge of feedback. His songs are both chucklesome and tragic, rooted in a febrile imagination that references worlds held dear and worlds unknown.
Both live and on record Dawson is a barrage of musical expression and personality. A shambling exterior, amidst tales of pineapples and underpants, ghosts of family members and cats, his stage presence is at once inviting and awe-inspiring. The visceral power of his voice against the lurching modality of his guitar lines conjure false memories of Tim Buckley and Richard Youngs duetting with Sir Richard Bishop and Zoot Horn Rollo. There is a rawness to the music that embodies timeworn singing traditions – the fire and pestilence gait of the Sacred Harp singings, the fractured call and response of the Gaelic Psalms, the unbridled power of Mongolian throat singers – its power tempered by intimacy, flecked with human emotion anchored by a sense of place.

Lawrence English
Lawrence English is composer, media artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. He investigates the politics of perception, through live performance and installation, to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.

Helm is Luke Younger, a sound artist and experimental musician based in London, working with a vast array of revolving instrumentation and abstract sound sources. Younger’s compositions build dense aural landscapes that incorporate elements of musique concrète and industrial music alongside hallucinatory drones and various acousmatic phenomena.

Yoni Silver
Yoni Silver is a London based Israeli bass-clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist. He has performed and recorded within a wide array of experimental musical fields both as soloist and in collaboration with musicians such as Steve Noble, Birgit Ulher, Hyperion Ensemble, Blood Stereo and many others. His unique style on the bass clarinet is an amalgam of techniques and expressive means associated with free jazz and improv, and a sound-evolution approach derived from Noise and hyper-spectralism. He has appeared on labels such as Creative Sources, Confront Recordings, Wasted Capital, Chocolate Monk and Edition Modern.

Francisco Meirino
Spanish-born in 1975, Francisco Meirino is active since 1994 in experimental music and live performance. His music explores the tension between programmable material and the potential for its failure; he is primarily interested in the idea of recording what is not supposed to be – gear failures, the death of PA systems, magnetic fields and electro-static noises – and in how he can use them and hear them radically out of context.

Scanner and Maria Papadomanolaki
British composer and artist Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner) and Greek sound artist Maria Papadomanolaki will work in response to the site and sounds around E.D.O. in Athens. Following on from the first iteration of this collaboration around Bethnal Green in London (2014), Rimbaud and Papadomanolaki will perform a live and improvised sonic geography of the site by incorporating real-time field recordings, voice and electronics.

About Inner Space: Siberia
“Inner Space: Siberia” sees PAN-affiliated artists Helm and EFTD (involving Greek architect Stefanos Levidis and actress Sofia Georgovassili) perform alongside Russian musician Moa Pillar. Together they will perform a piece that explores the wilderness of the Siberian landscape, working with personally sourced audio and film, including footage shot around Novosibirsk and the Altai Mountains. This work was commissioned by Unsound Festival, with support from CTM Berlin and the Goethe-Institut Novosibirsk.

19 Apr 2018

20:30 Main Stage


Μedea Electronique Echo and Narcissus

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