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Festsaal Kreuzberg

Am Flutgraben 2

12435 Berlin

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Doors open at 19:00 | Concert starts at 20:00


DAF
Bestial Mouths


Fast becoming a tradition, Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) and CTM will present a high-voltage closing concert for the festival’s 10-day marathon of musical Turmoil. And no band epitomizes such turmoil more than legendary techno-primitivists Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft or DAF.

Formed in 1978, the group consists of Gabriel "Gabi" Delgado-López on vocals and Robert Görl on percussion & electronics. They quickly set out to challenge even those who meant to be most provocative themselves: the punk circles at Düsseldorf’s infamous Rattinger Hof. Says Gabi: “Robert studied music. I was rooted in the the punk scene though I never wrote ‘Sex Pistols’ on my leather jacket, but rather ‘Yves Saint Laurent’ to provoke the Punks.” DAF wanted to keep up the energy and DIY philosophy of punk but through an utterly new, as-of-yet unheard sound based on new electronic machines. With a stripped-down mix of aggressive militant beats, minimal synth-lines, and expressive vocals, they created a style that is as cold, calculated, and uncompromising as it is corporeal, arousing, and hedonistic. Little did they know that this would end up providing a new blueprint for electronic dance music for generations to follow; an electrifyingly corporeal, disciplined, and mobilizing music in perfect unity with elliptic, equally arousing German lyrics shouted in imperative speech. This signature vocal style was an echo of the old Hollywood movies that the Spanish-born Delgado watched as a kid, and that fascinated and amused him with their depiction of Nazis that did nothing but shout commands.

Provocation, subverting expectations, and messing-up taboos has always been at the core of DAF’s campy enactment of totalitarian manoeuvres and lustrous hard-bodied sex, of their arty abstractions, and their politically-charged mockery which they aimed against all ideologies: “We make music for the booty and for the brain. Music that is rhythmic and intelligent at the same time. The main thing is that it makes you move.”

Revisiting the band’s almost 40 year long history, DAS IST DAF, the first authorized biography of DAF was published last month, while a new box set of DAF’s seminal first four albums, produced between 1980 and 1982, was published by Grönland Records this September along with remixes by Boys Noize and others.

Opening the night, Berlin via NYC & LA darkwave outfit Bestial Mouths combines pumping industrial synth lines with raw, fearless vocals that range from operatic, extended-technique furies to shouted monologues. Their bewitching music takes audiences on a dialectical journey juxtaposing consciousness and unconsciousness. Vocalist Lynette Cerezo recounts soul-shaking visions with anecdotal abstractions from her personal past, invoking the darkest depths of the human condition.

Since its early days, CTM Festival has featured music and art that acts as a mirror for social and political conditions. Our 2018 theme, Turmoil, builds on the insights of 2017’s Fear Anger Love, and continues its inquiry into the potential of sound and music to invigorate resilience and awareness at a time when we have begun normalising the ongoing barrage of political, social, and environmental crises and the resulting disquiet that resonates through our on- and offline lives.

CTM 2018 Turmoil explores the state of music and sound practice in the face of a confusing and critical present: What is the sound of turmoil? What are aesthetics of tumult? Which other sonic and musical responses could we conceive of to counter the current overload of agitation? As it inquires into these questions, this CTM edition also renews and strengthens a commitment to welcoming a wide range of artists and audiences with diverse backgrounds.

From 26 January – 4 February 2018, CTM 2018 returns to its constellation of exciting nightlife and cultural venues in Berlin, including HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berghain, YAAM, and Festsaal Kreuzberg.


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This ticket grants access for the above CTM 2018 event at Festsaal Kreuzberg. It does not grant access to the other venues of the festival. Access to festival venues can only be granted with valid festival passes or tickets. Lost tickets will not be refunded.

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Access to CTM’s nighttime events cannot be granted for persons under 18 years of age. Photography and filming strictly prohibited.

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