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Circus Electric • Berlin

Circus Electric
23.12.2019 Urban Spree
Doors: 20:00 / Start: 21:00
Pre sale: 11,00 € zzgl. Gebühren
Tickets: http://bit.ly/2OnhhlQ
… presented by: GreyZone Concerts & Promotion

With great passion for their craft, these three young men combine the electrifying drive of rock’n’roll music with booty-shaking funkiness and the healing quality of soul and blues. Their roots go deep into America’s sonic treasure box, sprouting a shoot on today’s branches, swaying in the breeze alongside bands such as Rival Sons or Royal Blood. The heartbeat of the group is a companionship going back more than a decade. Formed in 2019, Circus Electric consists of Oskar, Leo and Adrian – a trio pursuing the joy of speaking a language through their instruments. Their unique sound comes as a result of an intriguing recording process, which takes place in the drummer’s studio, deep in the countryside. After a number of “interesting“ experiences in the music industry, they’ve concluded that the future lies firmly in their own hands. Together with their low-end friend Oskar, the stars finally seemed to align – allowing them to push each other to their best. There’s a distinct energy and sense of adventure in every note shot out of the sonic raygun known as Circus Electric.

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Wolf City presents: Grave Miasma / Spectral Voice

Smell that? It’s the stench of this show reaching your nostrils.

Proudly putting together two of today’s best death metal bands in existence, UK’s Grave Miasma (back in Berlin after a very long break) and USA’s Spectral Voice (who played to a sold out crowd in this very venue last year) – this will be the last highlight of the year for Wolf City, to send 2019 properly spinning into its crypt.

As opener we welcome the Abrisskommando Mouth Of Madness, who will export their personal brand of pestilence from Görlitz.

ROTTING DEATH METAL FROM THE GRAVE!

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New York Perspectives

Urban Spree Galerie presents New York Perspectives, a duo show featuring Chris “Daze” Ellis and Joe Conzo, curated by Mode2. The vernissage will be on Friday, November 22nd, at 18:30, in presence of the two artists.

    Through the work of two New York City-born artists, a painter and a photographer, this exhibition is an attempt to show aspects of New York City life, through the eyes and the work of two very different individuals; though both come from a part of its counterculture.

    The drawings and paintings of the artist Chris “Daze” Ellis, and those many moments and people captured by the photography of Joe Conzo show us how the youth that were more in osmosis with the steel, the concrete, the glass, the streets and the city’s subway system, could develop new forms of visual dialogue that could form a bridge between their own social and cultural background, and a movement that would infiltrate the artworld and become a global phenonmenon.

   Coming from different neighbourhoods and cultural backgrounds, both have lived long enough to have witnessed first hand the huge transformations that the city has gone through over these last decades, while their “work”, which was actually their hobby, passion and life pretty much, has documented seminal eras during that time.

  These tumultuous years of cultural flux; of blossoming, blooming, destruction and rebirth, are often overlooked by today’s focus on the “now” of street art, and the way through which this eclipses the very alchemy that gave birth to the way in which artists express themselves in the street today, or the way in which they document city life.

    It is doubtful that much of what is happening today in visual art, music, dance and written or spoken word ever would have happened, if generations of youth in New York City had not lived what they did many decades ago; and we can count ourselves lucky that a few rare individuals happened to be there and have the instinct to document it.

  Here then, are views of New York from two different perspectives, they themselves being a complex accumulation of all of life’s experiences, and how they shape each individual’s understanding of the world around them; and the ways by which they choose to express and share this with us.

Urban Spree Prints will release two 18″x 24″ silk screen prints by Daze on the opening night and online.

The gallery and the curator heartily thank Henry Chalfant for letting us show his documentary movie “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale.”

Poster Artwork by Tyler Askew.

 

“New York Perspectives”

Christopher “Daze” Ellis / Joe Conzo

Curated by Mode2

22.11 – 21.12.2019

 

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Opening: Friday 22.11.2019 at 18:30

Exhibition: Tu-Sa – 12:00 – 18:30

Info & Catalogue: contact@urbanspree.com

 

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BIOGRAPHIES: 

 

Chris “Daze” Ellis

Growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Chris Daze Ellis (b. 1962) was aware from early on of the names and the odd characters that would be dancing along the trains that wove their way through the city. When he started out at the High School of Art & Design in 1976, he found that there was a whole community of very diverse yet like-minded individuals there, also involved with this scene; some of whom would go on to make a name for themselves in the art world.

Being a fan of drawing and comic books already, Daze camouflaged his nighttime activities under his parents’ gaze, exploring and expanding his visual vocabulary, combining the traditional with the dynamism of a new and challenging environment, with stimulus of its own.

Having mastered the medium and the environment, Daze would go on to shape his own personal vision of the world, looking as much inwards as outwards, in the relationship between the trains and walls, and what he could further explore in the studio. The strength of his successful life as an artist in his own right would develop from then on.

From his participation in his first group show, Beyond Words, at the Mudd Club in 1981, before having his own solo show at Fashion Moda (the historical South Bronx art space that bridged the established art world with the raw talent and energy coming out of New York City), Daze embraced the wide horizon that opened up before him.

From then on, Daze began to show in many different cities around the world, whether it be galleries and museum, in solo shows as well as group formats. He has participated in many public or educational art projects around the world, working with students and communities from South Korea to Brazil via Haiti, while often visiting Europe as well, and contributing to New York mural initiatives like the Leap Arts Program or Thrive Collective.

From his appearances in the film Style Wars, to being an art consultant on the Netflix series The Get Down in 2017, to participating in public painting projects from the Star Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong in 1993, painting an entire Hannover train station with fellow artists Lee Quinones and John Crash Matos, or being commissioned for murals by private clients like the law firm, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Washington D.C. 2018; Daze has constantly had his hands on a whole range of different projects.

Daze’s paintings have found themselves in many private collections including Eric Clapton, Natalie Imbruglia, and Madonna. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum, NY, Museum of Modern art, NY, The Museum of the city of New York, The Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Yale University art Gallery, New Haven, Addison Museum of American Art at the Phillips Academy, Andover.

Chris Daze Ellis continues to live and work in New York City.

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Joe Conzo

Joe Conzo was born in the Bronx during an era of great upheaval, when the construction of the Cross Bronx Expressway was nearing its end, having destroyed the communities that lay in its path, and condemning those parts of the borough around it to social and economic decline. The apocalyptic landscapes of urban devastation, and the high criminality associated to it are emblematic of that era.

President Truman’s Urban Renewal announced in 1949, ruthlessly applied by Robert Moses, targetted the more modest and ethnically diverse neighbourhoods of New York City whose resistance to forced removal would fall on deaf ears, as private developers grabbed the prime lots. The Bronx represented both the laboratory and the collateral damage for these extreme experiments of urban renewal.

And yet, out of what looked like an urban war zone, the city’s youth began to pick up the pieces, and, out of the desolation around them, began to build their own road out of it. Realising that the state was not going to do anything positive for them, their survival instincts eventually kicked in; and out of the gang culture, the drugs, and the sheer nihilism that had reigned for a while over much of the borough, new and greener shoots were beginning to break through.

Joe Conzo’s cultural capital, and that of his peers, was probably key to his survival and his blossoming during those harsh years; grandson of Dr. Evelina López Antonetty, a political activist who played a huge role in developing educational programmes for Puerto Rican children, and son of Joe Conzo Snr., who was in the thick of the huge Latin music scene of that bridged those decades; hanging with all the main players of that era, and having been the biographer of Tito Puente.

While studying at the Agnes Russell School on the campus of Columbia University, he discovered photography, the medium that would enable him to document what went on around him; from the world of latin culture through his father’s connections, to the collision of art forms that would later be called Hip Hop; a word that eclipses the sum of its parts.

Having lived many ups and downs in the eighties, to a rebirth of sorts, Joe Conzo went on to become a qualified medical nurse, then worked for the New York City Fire Department, being among the first responders on 9/11. At some point along the way, he was reunited with the camera, and began shooting again…

Whether as the photographer of rap crew The Cold Crush Brothers, a hugely influential group of MCs from the early days, or just a boy from the Bronx who had a camera and curious eyes, Joe Conzo’s photos provided reference material to Henry Chalfant ‘s documentary “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale.”, and were documented in a book called “Born In The Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop”.

His negatives have been digitalised and archived at Cornell University, providing a unique and indispensable resource for those wishing to research the those eras.



Fleisch XX // Fractions + Kontravoid (DJ)

Back for the final FLEISCH event of the year we return to our sweaty home base of Urban Spree to bring you the long awaited return of Fractions with a brand new live set, along with our favorite masked body-music crafting Kontravoid taking the controls behind the decks.

We’re also excited to invite our long-time friend, X tin, to make her Fleisch debut.

Further DJ support comes from the usual Fleisch-fam Halv Drøm, Primary and Clarissa.

More surprises TBA and presale available soon.

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Fractions (lve)

KONTRAVOID (DJ)
Fleisch
https://kontravoid.bandcamp.com/

HALV DRØM
Fleisch / Total Black

PRIMARY
Fleisch

X TIN
UY

CLARISSA
Fleisch

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Street Sects / Trepaneringsritualen / Spit Mask live in Berlin

[aufnahme + wiedergabe] presents:

Street Sects (USA) live
The Flenser
www.streetsects.bandcamp.com

Trepaneringsritualen (SWE) live
Cold Spring / TESCO ORGANISATION GERMANY
www.trepaneringsritualen.bandcamp.com

Spit Mask (US) live
[aufnahme + wiedergabe]
www.aufnahmeundwiedergabe.bandcamp.com/album/you-may-feel-some-pressure

Urban Spree (RAW-Area)
Revaler Str. 99/Warschauer Str.
10245 Berlin
www.urbanspree.com
www.facebook.com/urbanspree

Tickets: https://aufnahmeundwiedergabe.bigcartel.com/product/street-sects-trepaneringsritualen-spit-mask-22-10-urban-spree

www.aufnahmeundwiedergabe.de

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Kollaps / Espectra Negra / Mala Herba live in Berlin

[aufnahme + wiedergabe] presents:

Kollaps live
AUS / Cold Spring
www.kollaps-noise.bandcamp.com

“Australian post-industrialists Kollaps are a three piece creating a unique brand of primitive noise “intended for degenerates and outsiders”. The bands’ distinctive primordial tones are created using appropriated waste materials like scrap metal, raw plastics and steel plates combined with blistering percussion, bass and vocals. This is no empty “industrial” gesture, for the band this process of creation facilitates the literal use of postmodern society against itself.”

Espectra Negra live
MEX / Instruments of Discipline

https://www.espectranegraberlin.com/

www.espectranegra.bandcamp.com

“Born in Mexico City she is one of the most powerful projects based in Berlin. Influenced by Industrial, Noise and Ritualistic Music she produces her own transgressive works using analog and digital machinery, dark and political written text, extreme vocals, and consequent Musique Concrète techniques. She works as dark music producer, body art performer and DJ.”

Mala Herba live
POL
www.malaherba.bandcamp.com

“Mala Herba is a solo project of a sound artist and queer music activist Zosia Hołubowska. Based on traditional music, magic and demonology of Eastern Europe, Mala Herba explores queerness and sex-positivity. Powerful, witchy vocals are weaved into hypnotic beats, cold base lines and romantic synthesizer melodies. There’s something gothic and dramatic to it but nevertheless “this” makes you dance.”

DJs:

Rangelova
BGR / Altar of Nyx

Zariush
POL / Projekt LAB, Verzerrung

Urban Spree (RAW-Area)
Revaler Str. 99/Warschauer Str.
10245 Berlin
www.urbanspree.com
www.facebook.com/urbanspree

Tickets:

https://aufnahmeundwiedergabe.bigcartel.com/product/kollaps-espectra-negra-mala-herba-13-09-urban-spree
https://www.koka36.de/kollaps-espectra-negra-mala-herba_ticket_118333.html

www.aufnahmeundwiedergabe.de