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Airing Out – Open Air in the Schlüter Courtyard Live Concerts, DJ Acts

On stage that evening will be the band Merope, together with Shahzad Ismaily,  who have been in close musical contact with Stella Chiweshe, presenting their very own version of Lithuanian-inspired folk music.

Merope & Shahzad Ismaily

Strictly speaking, Merope is not a “Lithuanian band” at all, as the band members come from various countries in Europe, but then their music revolves around the vocals and Kanklės playing of world-traveling Lithuanian Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė.

Merope’s uniquely atmospheric sound is more of a prime example of how Lithuanian folk influences have found a place in the global ocean of experimental world sounds. They weave elements of electronic, ambient, indie and traditional music into a very contemporary understanding of trans-cultural music.

On this evening they will be joined by internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, who also has a strong connection to Stella Chiweshe and her music, having participated in joint recordings.

Shahzad Ismaily was born in the US to Pakistani immigrants and the search for musical spirits and ancestors became an early obsession in his life. As a musician, he became best known for his experimental music projects in New York in the early 2000s.
He is a musician, composer, teacher and producer and runs his own recording studio called Figure 8 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Shahzad Ismaily has performed with Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Bonnie Prince Billy, John Zorn, Nels Cline, among others, and is on tour this summer with Marc Ribot and Arooj Aftab.

Live concerts DJ sets and cool drinks. You are cordially invited to the open-air music festival DURCHLÜFTEN - free and outside. The transcultural and cross-genre live programme presents international guests and musicians from the Berlin scene on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 13 July to 5 August 2023.

Airing Out – Open Air in the Schlüter Courtyard Live Concerts, DJ Acts

Let yourself be carried away by our musical parcours, which leads from Accra to Bogotá, from Belgrade to Bangkok, from Harare to Istanbul and back again to the dancefloor sounds of Berlin nightlife. On twelve summer evenings, DURCHLÜFTEN creates a space to hear and see bands that span wide musical arcs and tell diverse stories - impressive, multi-perspective and extremely danceable. Framed by the baroque façades of the Schlüterhof, the DURCHLÜFTEN festival invites music lovers of all ages, Berlin visitors and Berlin night owls to experience extraordinary music.

Curated by Melissa Perales, the programme aims to surprise with the unheard and the familiar, with sounds and rhythms that move across borders and continents.

Line Up DURCHLÜFTEN - Open Air at the Schlüterhof

DURCHLÜFTEN presents live concerts & DJ acts by: ABENEKO & The Positive Mind | Dar es Salaam | Alogte Oho & the Sounds of Joy | Northern Ghana | Ahmed AG Kaedy | Kidal, Mali | AWA Khiwe (African Women Arise) | Makokoba, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe | BANTUNAGOJÊJE | Berlin | Rio de Janeiro | Ben Olayinka | Berlin | DJ Booty Carrell | Munich | Brushy One String | Kingston, Jamaica | Combo Chimbita | NYC | Bogotá | DJ Chris Menists | London | Bangkok | Disco Vumbi a. k. a DJ Alai K | Mombasa | Berlin | duendita | NYC | Puerto Rico | DJ Dauwd | Berlin | North- Wales | EsRap | Vienna | Istanbul | Gordan | Berlin | Belgrade | Gotopo | Bogotá | Caracas | In Living Color Collective | Berlin | DJ İPEK | Berlin | Istanbul | Kofi | Benin | Paris | DJ Mafi Sai | Bangkok | DJ Maryisonacid | Berlin | Maque Pereyra DJ Set | Berlin | Bogotá | Mehmet Aslan DJ Set | Berlin | Basel | Merope | Brussels | Vilnius & Shazhad Ismaily | US | Pakistan | Merve Salgar & Anil Eraslan | Istanbul | Strasbourg | Berlin | MLDVA with Petra Nachtmanova | Krakow | Vienna | Berlin | Onom Agemo & the Disco Jumpers | Berlin | TootArd | Bern | Haifa | The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band | Bangkok | Tropical Timewarp DJ Collective | Berlin | Selassie | Berlin | Accra | Tribute to Stella Rambisai Chiweshe with her daughter Virginia Mukwesha- Hetze & her students: Stefan Franke | Berlin, Camille Bokhobza | Berlin & Fabiano Lima | Pernambuco, Brazil | Berlin |

  • Free admission
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Venue: Schlüterhof
  • Belongs to: Durchlüften - Open Air at the Schlüterhof

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The event is wheelchair accessible.