NOV 25.2016 / FRIDAY

Baba Zula

Baba Zula

It is nigh on impossible for Baba ZuLa to have escaped the attention of anyone who has seen Fatih Akin’s award-winning documentary 'Crossing The Bridge’. The band, formed in Istanbul twenty years ago by Levent Akman and Murat Ertel, have played their way onto everyone’s lips with elaborate, interdisciplinary live shows, in which belly dancing, theatre, painting and sound merge into total audiovisual experiences. But even considered purely from a musically perspective, Baba ZuLa are gifted bridge builders: from dub textures and traditional dance rhythms to ethnic, folk and psychedelic rock, this genial group reconcile the traditional and the modern, sending the listener on a journey through the soundscape of Asia Minor. Don’t be surprised if the saz gets caught up in far-out effects or the bass suddenly blows you away.

22:15 Uhr | Kölnischer Kunstverein

Les Filles de Illighadad

Les Filles de Illighadad

Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alamnou Akrouni: ’Les Filles de Illighadad‘. Illighadad is a small mud-hut village in the middle of Niger, where the savannah and the desert meet. It is also the place that Fatou Seidi Ghali and Alamnou Akrouni, two female Tuareg musicians, call home. The duo’s stage is the open desert; they create tender, yet tremendously powerful acoustic songs, recorded live and in one go, and seeming to hold the vastness of the Sahel within them. These two women are an exception in the otherwise male-dominated Tuareg guitar scene. Their liberating antithesis to urban Western music is underlined by the tende drum, choirs and background noise. ’Les Filles de Illighadad’ is an open-air snapshot of a kind of songwriting that, thanks to Sahel Sounds, we will also be lucky enough to experience firsthand.

20:45 Uhr | Kölnischer Kunstverein

A Story Of Sahel Sounds

A Story Of Sahel Sounds

Shot on three continents, this film provides an inside look at Christopher Kirkley’s project ’Sahel Sounds’ - a blog, record label and platform to explore arts and music of the Sahel region through non-traditional ethnographic fieldwork.We follow Chris from Portland to Niger, where he meets some of his long term collaborators as well as new artists, such as electronic keyboard wizard Hama, female guitarist Fatou Seïdi Ghali of Les Filles de Illighadad or the real stars of Agadez, Etran de L`Aïr. Not a strict portrait, nor a straight music documentary, a story of Sahel Sounds celebrates the wide range of musical performances of current artists from Niger, while leaving room to reflect on today’s role of ethnomusicology. (Friday,. Nov 25., Filmclub 813)

19:00 Uhr | Filmclub 813

NOV 25/€17

3-DAY/€49

 
 

NOV 26.2016 / SATURDAY

Kurt Wagner (Lambchop)

Kurt Wagner (Lambchop)

This year’s WEEK-END Festival presents yet another very ambitious project. ’Flotus’, a new and surprising electronic album by the band Lambchop from Nashville, Tennessee, will be released just in time for the festival. On it, songwriter and mastermind Kurt Wagner devotes himself for the first time to his secret love: electronic music. He experiments with cleverly programmed beats and rhythm arrangements. His voice is often given the vocoder treatment, distancing it significantly from his work with the band thus far. Especially for WEEK-END, Kurt Wagner, with the help of six local electronic musicians, will dissect all 11 songs from ’Flotus’ into their component parts and then rearrange them. The result will be performed live in this line-up for the first and only time.

22:30 Uhr | Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim

The Julie Ruin

The Julie Ruin

Ex-Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna formed her new band quite secretively, without any hoo-ha. The Julie Ruin reanimated the artist name under which Hanna wrote a solo album in the 90s. However, the musicians didn’t only spend time in their New York rehearsal room practicing pieces from the former project, but also created their own album, 'Run Fast', full of new songs. The documentary 'The Punk Singer' recently illuminated Hanna’s life story and now the Riot Grrrl icon’s collective has served up another record: 'Hit Reset' is a moody album with girl-group background, Kathleen Hanna showing herself from her most personal side. A development that is just as evident on the stage and will immediately get under the skin of Week-End guests.

19:30 Uhr | Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim

Slapp Happy (w/ faUSt)

Slapp Happy (w/ faUSt)

On the special invitation of WEEK-END Fest, the avant-garde pop band Slapp Happy will play their first concert for 16 years and will be accompanied on this rare occasion by Krautrock legends Faust. British artist Anthony Moore started the pop project in Hamburg in 1972. Together with German Dagmar Krause and American Peter Blegvad, Moore played enchanting songs somewhere between The Pentangle and The Velvet Underground. Most of the songs were carried by Dagmar Krause’s inimitable voice. Just as on the first two albums 'Sort Of' and 'Casablanca Moon' (which was first released in 1980 in its original version as 'Acnalbasac Noom'), the Krautrock giants Faust will support Slapp Happy in Cologne.

21:00 Uhr | Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim

Babyfather

Babyfather

Dean Blunt, DJ Escrow, Gassman, Triumph ALLAH and Lady T make up Babyfather and »BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow« is their debut album. Just like everything else the prolific sound architect Dean Blunt, alias Roy Nnawuchi, is involved with, this record by the London combo on Hyperdub represents an artistic revelation, not only through the guest appearances by Arca and Micachu. While Dean Blunt’s last record »Black Metal« was an introverted affair, his gaze here is firmly directed towards the bigger picture and is more critical than ever before. Minimal beats, maximum message. Clever, creative and political or, as FACT Mag wrote: »sConfusing, unlistenable, still hopeful.«' And sure to be an essential and hotly anticipated live electro experience.

00:15 Uhr | Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim

Surface To Air Missive

Surface To Air Missive

Surface To Air Missive’s diversity grows with every album and has by now sparked a veritable maelstrom of southern-country-psych-pop. The stylistically free-swinging one-man band of Taylor Ross, who you may, with a bit of taste and luck, have already come across as a member of the funk band Dream Love, has grown over the course of two LPs into a quartet. Together the band creates a revival sound that offers more than just a memorial to the good old days – and which is best savoured on vinyl. Or live of course. Whichever new paths Surface To Air Missive have pursued since their last release 'Third Missive' will become clear at WEEK-END and official, at the latest, in November, when the new record 'A V' is released on Leaving Records.

18:00 Uhr | Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim

NOV 26/€29

3-DAY/€49

 
 

NOV 27.2016 / SUNDAY

Die Zimmermänner

Die Zimmermänner

Like any other aged married couple, the Zimmermänner no longer have anything to say to one another. 36 years after their first single and 34 years after their debut album '1001 Wege Sex zu machen ohne daran Spaß zu haben', Timo Blunck and Detlef Diederichsen hardly communicate anymore and when they do, only via Facebook or What’s App with messages made up exclusively of emojis.This is clearly also reflected in the work of their 'band'. They are currently putting the finishing touches to a new double album. Correspondingly, they now perform live with a set that has a stark cleft running right through it: the first part is written and arranged by Detlef – the odd couple’s voices nestling among the dulcet tones of a string quartet. But then some funkateers Timo picked up in their home neighbourhood of Hamburg-St.Georg come to the fore and more than spoil the initial good impression.

21:30 Uhr | Kölnischer Kunstverein

Lawrence (Felt)

Lawrence (Felt)

Lawrence and his bands is story of its own. Whether with Felt, Denim or Go Kart Mozart – the British musician’s work has always been shrouded in a veil of mystery. After three decades, a documentary film now sheds some light on the matter: 'Lawrence of Belgravia' is a portrait of the eccentric songwriter, giving rare and fascinating insights into his work and life. In 2011 the final cut of the film celebrated its premiere as part of the London Film Festival; now WEEK-END Fest presents a screening in Germany – in the presence of Lawrence himself, who will then give us more first-hand details in an artist talk. A remarkable event considering how rarely this shy artist appears in public.

19:00 Uhr | Filmclub 813

NOV 27/€12

3-DAY/€49

 
 

Venues

 
 

Fri.25.11.2016
Sun.27.11.2016


Kölnischer Kunstverein
Filmclub 813
Hahnenstraße 6
50667 Köln

Einlass: 18:30 Uhr
Beginn: 19:00 Uhr




KVB Linie 1,7
Neumarkt, Rudolfplatz

KVB Linie 3,4, 16, 18
Neumarkt

KVB Linie 12, 15
Rudolfplatz



Sat.26.11.2016



Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim
Jan-Wellem-Straße 2
51065 Köln

Einlass: 17:00 Uhr
Beginn: 18:00 Uhr




KVB Linie 18, 16
Haltestelle Wiener Platz

DB S12, 16 24 & RB
Bahnhof Köln-Mülheim