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CTM Festival 2024: Concerts

The project “MAPS: Electronic Resonances Between Ecuador and Mexico“ by Concepción Huerta and Fe Sexta aims to revive audio archives of pioneering electronic music composers in Mexico and Ecuador, active in the 1970s. Using archival materials and other sources, recordings and compositions will be blended with a documentary and fictional narrative approach to contextualise the listening experience. The innovative legacy of these early composers is integrated into Huerta and Sexta’s own work, as they map relationships between personal and collective memory.

A fixture in the international improv scene, Julian Sartorius has become known for a drumming style that plays with suspending time and testing infinity. Presenting the album “Locked Grooves“ at CTM, he interrogates the idea of a static groove by unfurling a percussive suite gradating over tonal nuances, micro expressions, and shifting time signatures.

The resulting 112 grooves – or one-minute loops as heard on the digital album – unveil an abundance of rhythmic forms, some vigorous, some frail, others impulsive, alluring, and adrift. The artist explains: “I hope listeners will experience these compositions like they would explore a painting at a museum – letting the work unfold in depth, revealing layer after layer.“
Additional information
Concepción Huerta & Fe Sexta are commissioned by the CTM Radio Lab which is a project by Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Hörspiel / Klangkunst and CTM Festival in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, and Ö1 Kunstradio. This year it takes place within the framework of the sound art initiative tekhnē, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Julian Sartorius is supported by Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.

Media partners: Deutschlandfunk Kultur, FACT, Full Moon, RBB radioeins, Refuge Worldwide, Siegessäule, The Wire & tip Berlin.

From 26 January – 4 February 2024, CTM Festival will celebrate a silver 25 year anniversary at Radialsystem, Berghain, silent green, and other Berlin venues.

CTM 2024 is titled "Sustain" – a weird and fascinating word that touches opposite polarities of the contemporary experience as it speaks of the empathy and determination through which we survive, as well as of our anxieties, losses, and pains. In the word "sustain" we sense both what we are going through while hearing what needs to be done. It is as much a description as it is an imperative as it is a vocation towards more interdependent ways of life. With its 2024 edition CTM Festival asks what if "sustain" were a sound? What would it be like? Music is not only a refuge, but also a constant reminder of our desire to get closer to the brighter end of the spectrum. Looking at musical life and music ecosystems under the perspective of "sustain", what ideals, ethics, and practices can we identify and discuss to make music a means to work towards something more sane, just, and sustainable?

→ To the complete programme of CTM Festival 2024 at Radialsystem
Participating artists
Concepción Huerta, Fe Sexta, Julian Sartorius (Mit)