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Human Touch

Human Touch (Ethno Jazz)

Human Touch is an elevatingly innovative instrumental trio based in Athens, Greece. Their sound carries the nuances of their Greek,Irish, American and Cypriot backrounds and is a personal hybrid of universal soul. Between them they have played with Arturo Sandoval, Trilok Gurtu, Billy Cobham, Arild Anderson, Milcho Leviev, Davy Spillane, The Temptations, Barry White, The Camerata String Orchestra and others.

They have played in several international jazz and ethnic festivals in Europe, Turkey and the Balkans and have influenced whole generations of instrumentalists in Greece. Their unique multi– instrumental approach not only makes a visual impression but projects Human Touch’s limitless palette of rhythm, colour and emotional depth. Human Touch’s music is “lived” music. Each concert is its own experience and leaves its audiences uplifted and moved within. It’s no wonder they have been called “The Best Kept Musical Secret in the Balkans”.

Human Touch is:

David Lynch – Sax, Flute, Vocals, Percussion, Spontaneous Combustion
Yiotis Kiourtsoglou – Bass, Percussion, Facial Effects
Stavros Lantsias – Piano, Keyboard, Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Melodica, Curve Balls

Supported by the Cultural Services of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture.

Presale tickets available here.



Alex Cameron + Helen Fry

Shameless/Limitless, ByteFM and Powerline Agency feel something approaching proud, albeit a kind of proud that is tinged with generalized aches and pains and a dash of anxiety, at the reality of presenting Alex Cameron (w/ band!) + Helen Fry at Urban Spree on May 26th.

Tickets on sale now on TixforGigs and at KOKA36. Last I checked they’re going fast as Al n Roy fleeing an occurrence better left unexplained and unexplored. Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Doors: 20:00
Helen Fry: 21:00
Alex Cameron: 22:00

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When you talk about Alex Cameron and Roy Molloy you’re talking about the online cowboys in the Wild West days of the World Wide Web. For those who haven’t logged on, Roy Molloy is my good friend and business partner, he plays saxophone with me and also owns 50% of our entertainment business The Crawfish. That’s one half of it, and if you want to know what we’re really about, what’s really at the elbow of the whole scenario, just look at all the things you wish you’d done differently. All the things you stopped yourself from doing on account of the fear of failure, or rejection. Weigh that up against your ambitions. Think about your work ethic. We’re reclaiming failure as an act of progress. An act of learning. Something to celebrate. People have short memories like that. Short enough to forget what happened even two generations ago. Scared to acknowledge that we’ve made some bad calls and we’re likely to again. Pushed the wrong buttons. Forgot to carry the one. Take a look around, I see class wars between educated critics and reality television life gurus. I see bronzed Californians preaching inaction through tightly edited frames. I see Americanized satire falling short from its killer blow. It’s not enough.

Me n Roy got into show business young. To be the best. To have the truest sounding words. The kind of words that confess and redeem in the same breath. True things of beauty; ugly and naked just lingering there to be heard. We play with words. Turn em inside out. That’s some good song writing. You wanna get online and check out the impact we’ve had in Australia that’s your call. We’ve played on the country’s biggest stages, hell, the first time I ever sang in public was to a sold out Sydney Opera House. That’s if you don’t count Karaoke, which I am also very good at. My song is Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding.’

I was trained by 85-year-old Jewish Entertainer Steve Ostrow. Look him up, Steve is a sexual revolutionist, he founded the Continental baths in Manhattan in 1968. A confident, bisexual and classically trained opera singer, Steve had me focused on vocal delivery, “let them hear the lyrics, that’s your only job.” Steve took me into another dimension. Here was a guy, operating at a time when bigotry was a matter of societal standard, and he had the vision to use words and entertainment to bolster the strength of his community.

You think about that kind of liberation, then you take our current situation. Think about modern times. I see HBO airing fantasy shows with dogs committing infanticide. Millions tune in. Nothing fantastic about it. Just the filthy Soap dreams of a should-be recluse. Torture porn from 8-9, satirical news from 10-11. Quick LOL and a wank then off to bed. And I’m not even a cynic. I’m on the grid. I’ve got a Google phone and an iPad. I was raised by the sea, white as a broken wave. But I know when enough’s enough. I know when a generation’s been subdued by apathetic music and the love song is more about the having than the being had.

I heard it’s a dangerous time to be online. You got the comments sections, and the thumbs down, but I ain’t afraid to commit to theme. That’s a risk I can afford. I ain’t scared of Internet scrutiny, or the foreverness of text. I refuse to destroy the emotion in my work. The only way forward is unedited, uncensored, and without inhibition. That’s how you get to the crux; you find what we all don’t want to admit. I’ve learned to reveal what I want to unlearn. I cast a light on the darkness and in doing so understand love and compassion. Fear is to be confronted, and to learn strictly requires failure – over and over. Celebrate failure with Jumping The Shark.

Some people say me and Roy use mongrel tongues created by the internet, American-Australian slang. Others say we breathe life into a contemporary greyscale. Providing culture to an otherwise empty and lonely place. All I know is a word’s meaning can change depending on who utters the thing; and so we present characters – shapes are morphed and stories are delivered.

And I’ll be frank — some of my stories got some low themes and some low tragic figures. Not tragic figures like Hamlet (I ain’t no Willy Shakespeare), but modern tragics. I got sex addicts, internet addicts, love tragics. I got villains, cheats, violent guys flooded with hormones and false bravado. They’re all in there. Good stories need em. Need villains. Some of these characters do and say things that I never would. Shameful things. But that’s what villains do.

And so we present to you tales of failure and self destruction. The ever-flowing undercurrent of sadness. The dismal slip beneath an entirely out of control mainstream. This is focused story telling. It’s Phone-Noire. It’s a collection of four-minute stories written to provide you with insight into the inner workings of failed ambitions. Come see a show. Witness the elation in the crowd. The smiles. The weight lifted. Finally something is being said. Feel the sweet relief of confession. It is OK. We failed. Join the side of the enlightened. Jump The Shark.
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Exceptionally on point flyer by Natalia Portnoy
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Shameless/Limitless lives online at http://shamelesslimitless.tumblr.com/and https://www.instagram.com/shamelesslimitless/

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URBAN SPREE BOOK RELEASE: “WILD”

Urban Spree Books invites you to the release party of our first curated book, just in time for Christmas.

“WILD” is an exploration of wilderness in illustration, uniting 33 illustrators and artists from the Urban Spree universe in an oversized black-and-white, 30 x 40 cm book.

“WILD” is the first book curated and published by Urban Spree Books, the first in an upcoming series of thematic large format books.

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Join us for the release event and meet the artists!

Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin
Saturday, December 10th, from 18:00
Hot Drinks powered by Winterspree

WILD is available online here. First 25 copies will be signed by as many artists as possible during the release event in Berlin on December 10th.

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Participating artists:

Thomas Gosset (Cover)
Victor Ash
Julia Benz
Klone Yourself
Boris Pramatarov
Kid Cash
Fresh Max
Knarf
WESR
Tamar Moshkovitz
Billy
Tine Fetz
Base23
Mik Shida
Twoone / Hiroyasu Tsuri (Urban Spree Wall)
Bene Rohlmann
Andrea Wan
Zero Cents
Hendrik Czakainski
Diskorobot
Dolly Demoratti
Look (The Weird)
Rylsee
Jim Avignon
Johannes Mundinger
Mafia Tabak
DXTR
Vidam
Addison Karl
Tavar Zawacki / Above
Onio
Various & Gould
Michal Skapa



Urban Spree Book Release: “Wild”

Urban Spree invites you to the release party of our first curated book, “WILD”.

“WILD” is the first book curated and published by Urban Spree Books, the first in an upcoming series of thematic large format books.

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“WILD” is an exploration of wilderness in illustration, uniting 33 illustrators and artists from the Urban Spree universe in an oversized black-and-white, 30 x 40 cm book.

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The book will be released in Berlin at Urban Spree on December 10th, 2016 with most of the artists of the book present for signature and talks. The book is available at Urban Spree in Berlin and on the Urban Spree webstore here.

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Join us for the release event and meet the artists!

Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin
Saturday, December 10th, from 18:00
Hot Drinks powered by Winterspree

Participating artists:

Thomas Gosset (cover)
Victor Ash
Julia Benz
Klone Yourself
Boris Pramatarov
Kid Cash
Fresh Max
Knarf
WESR
Tamar Moshkovitz
Billy
Tine Fetz
Base23
Mik Shida
Twoone / Hiroyasu Tsuri
Bene Rohlmann
Andrea Wan
Zero Cents
Hendrik Czakainski
Diskorobot
Dolly Demoratti
Look (The Weird)
Rylsee
Jim Avignon
Johannes Mundinger
Mafia Tabak
DXTR
Vidam
Addison Karl
Tavar Zawacki / Above
Onio
Various & Gould
Michal Skapa



Castle – Albez Duz

CASTLE is pleased to announce the release of their breakout fourth full-length this Summer via Ván Records worldwide.

Titled Welcome To The Graveyard, the follow up to 2014’s critically-lauded Under Siege was recorded by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth, Eyehategod, Ommadon et al) at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, Oregon this past Winter. Welcome To The Graveyard is set for official unveiling July 15th.

Comprised of 8 tracks written over the last year, Welcome To The Graveyard sees CASTLE merge their doom powered riffing with soaring 1970s rock . The album features a new level of confident songwriting and is a creepy-crawl through the wastelands of the band’s new L.A. ­­home; a hard-boiled barrage of classic heavy metal riffery tempered with blasts of melodic orchestrated doom. The perfect soundtrack for a Hollywood cult initiation.

Elizabeth Blackwell’s haunted vocal style draws a sigil of death and madness – imagine the Wilson sisters singing hymns from the stygian void, while lyrically CASTLE adapt the stark and compelling vistas of Aleister Crowley’s “Amphora” for the song “Traitors Rune” and Eliphas Levi’s “Transcendental Magic”, whose mystic rumination inspires the lyrical backdrop for the lead-off single “Flash of the Pentagram”.

CASTLE was forged in San Francisco in 2009 and released their debut full-length, In Witch Order, on Germany’s Ván Records in 2011. The album brought light to the newly-formed band and earned them “Album Of The Year” honors from Metal Hammer Norway, as well as Roadburn Festival’s “Newcomer Of The Year.” Shortly thereafter, the band joined the Prosthetic Records roster in North America and released their critically-adored sophomore album Blacklands. The record left to a Canadian JUNO nomination for “Metal/Hard Music Album Of The Year.” CASTLE performed over two-hundred shows worldwide in support of the release alongside the likes of The Sword, Conan, Intronaut and Pentagram among many others as well as appearances at some of the underground’s largest fests including Roadburn and the London and Berlin Desertfests.

Since the release of Under Siege in 2014, CASTLE, which consists of vocalist/bassist Liz Blackwell, guitarist/vocalist Mat Davis and drummer Al McCartney, has maintained a relentless touring schedule with multiple expeditions throughout the US, Europe and Canada including stops at the 2015 edition of Heavy Days In Doomtown Fest in Copenhagen, Denmark and the Acherontic Arts Fest in Oberhausen, Germany.

CASTLE, who recently announced a three week run of tour dates around their appearance at the Maryland Doom Fest on June 24 will continue touring across the U.S. throughout July and August with the announcement of 32 additional dates. The month-long headlining trek, which follows the release of “Welcome to the Graveyard”, commences July 17 in Fullerton, CA. Expect Canadian and European dates in support of “Welcome To The Graveyard”.

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Occult doom rock band ALBEZ DUZ emerged from the dark corners of Berlin in 2006. Formed by Eugen “Impurus” Herbst initially as a one-man side project, the band’s ominous debut was recorded in 2009 with singer Lars Kaeding; but after Kaeding’s death, the band stepped into the shadows for the next three years. With a lingering fire and purpose, Herbst continued to write for ALBEZ DUZ , and after an exhaustive search crossed paths with Alfonso Brito whose voice seemed destined for the project. In September 2014, the duo brought the band’s second album “The Coming of Mictlan” to life via Iron Bonehead Records and Archaic Sound. They began performing live shortly after.

ALBEZ DUZ has since shared the stage with iconic acts such as PRIMORDIAL and SWANS as well as other rising talent including BÖLZER, ASCENSION and HEXVESSEL. In a short time, the Berliners established themselves as a force in the European underground and elicited high praise from both critics and audiences alike. ALBEZ DUZ recently entered The Source Studios Munich to record its third full-length album, “Wings of Tzinacan”, with producer and audio engineer Michael Zech ( SECRETS OF THE MOON, TRIPTYKON, ASCENSION ). Guitarist Julia Neuman has joined their ranks, solidifying the band as an unstoppable power trio.

With a twilight performance at the prestigious Speckjaga Funkenflug Festival already checked off the band’s list in 2016, and other appearances scheduled at In Flammen Open Air, De Mortem et Diabolum and more, ALBEZ DUZ is burning its flame higher and brighter, ready to cast a spell on the globe and initiate a new chapter in doom. The gates are open !



WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY: A BERLIN GROUP SHOW

From 28.04 to 01.05, the Berlin-based art association THE ART UNION presents WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY, a group show featuring artworks by 58 Berlin based artists at the Urban Spree Galerie.

The title of the exhibition is a humorous reference to the official Gallery Weekend Berlin, which takes place at the same time. Urban contemporary art is one of Berlin’s defining characteristics, but will hardly be on display at the official Gallery Weekend whose official map doesn’t even cover the area where Urban Spree is located, albeit quite central. THE ART UNION aims to bridge this gap by presenting diverse artistic perspectives following the idea of ONE CITY – ONE WEEKEND – ONE GALLERY – 58 ARTISTS.

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The exhibition WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY is thematically created along the lines of different subgenres and styles of this young genre of art in a non-representative way. The work of all the artists presented in this group show can be found in public spaces, as well as in galleries. Other binding elements are their global citizenship and their generational experience. While all the artists shown at WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY. are Berlin-based, not all of them are German. Some artists originate from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Japan and Canada, while others come from the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, the USA and the UK. Apart from a few exceptions, all were born after 1980. The exhibition aims to display the richness of urban contemporary art in Berlin. Female artists will not be marginalized, but are in fact a vital part of the group show WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY.

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44Flavours – ABOVE – Addison Karl – Alaniz – Andrea Wan – Anna Taut – BASE23 – Bene Rohlmann – Bert Van Wijk – Billy – Björn Heyn – BLO – Bruce – Christoph Rode – Dave the Chimp – Duncan Passmore – DXTR – Ed Bats – EMESS – Falk Land – Felix Gephart – Gogoplata – Herr von Bias – James Bullough – James Reka – JAW – Jim Avignon – Johannes Mundinger – Joseph Loughborough – Julia Benz – Kenan Kera – Klub7 – Lake – Look – Low Bros – Mario Mankey – Matthias Gephart – Mina – MKMX – MYMO – Niels de Jong – Nils Leimkühler – Pablo Benzo – PlusMinus3 – Polina Soloveichik – Quintessenz  – Rein Vyncke – Rylsee – Sandra Rummler – Stand der Dinge – Sokar Uno – TWOONE – Untune – Various & Gould – Vidam – Wesr – XOOOOX – ZEBU

 

About THE ART UNION

The non-profit association THE ART UNION is run by key players in the fields of art and culture with expertise in the communication of art, art funding and visual communication. Daily working practice has exemplified a gap between artists, their audience and the art market, which is difficult to overcome. THE ART UNION intends to build a bridge between these aspects and create formats to professionalize artists and initiate discourses within the scenes. The organization of exhibitions and participation in festivals are as much a vital part of the concept as are artist residencies, funding and exchange programmes.

THE ART UNION was founded in 2015 and will receive an entry in the National Register of Associations in the first half of 2016.

www.the-art-union.de

 

WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY

Urban Spree Galerie

Vernissage: Thursday, April 28th, 19:00

Exhibition:

Friday, 29th of April: 12 -19 h

Sunday, 1st of May: 12 – 18 h

Free entry