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Roman Klonek: Cut the Crap

Urban Spree Galerie presents « Cut the Crap« , a new series of woodcut printings by Düsseldorf-based visual artist Roman Klonek that will be exhibited in our Galerie Ecke.

The Opening Cererony will take place on Friday, September 7th, from 19:00 and occurs during Berlin’s Urban Art Week (05-12 September 2018).

In « Cut the Crap », the traditional craftsmanship of wood carving meets experimental forms of narration. The stories are free of categorical specifications, neither temporally nor spatially clear.
Comparably perhaps most likely with a multi-layered sketchbook, which one may imagine here once the paper would be transparent and everything « drawn » a hopeless gibberish and confusion.
« Maybe I should now mention that I love to make a mess to clean it up afterwards. If it comes to an unexpected coincidence of two or more ideas (which often happens in a natural way), it may well happen that these encounters cause a moment of happiness in me because of their originality. As far as the combination of ideas or picture elements is concerned, I like to move in the tradition of the so-called B-Movies, which are an alternative to the calculable mainstream cinema, with much more risk-taking and no consideration for conceptual rigor, often show the key features in telling stories – the moments of surprise. »

 

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For information about the show, please get in touch with galerie@urbanspree.com

« Cut the Crap »
New Woodcut Printings
A Solo Show by Roman Klonek
Urban Spree Galerie (Ecke)
Opening: 07/09/2018 from 1:00
Exhibition: 08/09/2018 – 30/09/2018
Tu-Su 12:00/19:00



Italo Festival Berlin 2018

ITALO FESTIVAL BERLIN 25.08.2018

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After the success of 2017’s event we are back again for another summer time bonanza at Urban Spree. Come down and enjoy Italo Disco, Cosmic Jams and more alongside the best Italian treats, all in the heart of Berlin. Apérol, Pasta, Limoncello and much more, is waiting for you! We’ll also host a joint indoor event later in the evening with extra special guests.

* 100% all day Italo Disco and more
* Open air venue
* Italian food & product stalls
* Free entry from 12pm – 8pm

Food Vendors

– Roma Food
– Pizza a Pezzi
– Kuchen Von Gaia
– PIC NIC 34
– Orlando Berlin
– Manifest
– Duo – Sicilian ice cream
– More TBC

DJs:

– Italo Fest DJs
– Of Paradise DJs
– Söhnchen Alessio

Indoors (from 9pm)

– Shedbug (Of Paradise / Lobster Theremin)
– Dwell 303 (Of Paradise)
– Rudolf C (Salt Mines / X-Kalay)
– Paul P
– Fade
– VG(+) (RDK Island)

 

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Interkosmos #3 w/ Damo Suzuki Network

MAINSTAGE (Indoor venue)

DAMO SUZUKI NETWORK with TAU and Joe Dilworth (Cavern of Anti-Matter and Stereolab)
Cummi Flu
BLUE CRIME
DJ Oscar Valentine from 8MM Bar
Visuals by CineMata (aka Mattia Grigolo)

GARDEN
17:00 Schlafwagen – First Set
19:00 Schlafwagen – Second Set
Dj Wahid Paradis and Low Bat, food trucks, and much more.

DAMO SUZUKI
Former lead singer of the legendary and seminal german krautrock band Can, Damo, resident in Köln (De) since the 70s, has been performing since mid ´97 with his project DAMO SUZUKI´S NETWORK around the world with more than 7,000 different musicians in 43 countries. He will bring his project this year at the 3rd edition, and first summer one, of the Interkosmos festival. A festival focused on several forms of music: experimentation, electronic, krautrock, drone, post punk, impro.
Damo will perform with TAU from Berlin.

CUMMI FLU is the latest incarnation of the ever-changing multimedia illusionist Oliver Doerell. Born in Brussels, he was the driving force behind the electronica projects Dictaphone and SWOD, and a sound box in Raz Ohara’s Odd Orchestra.

There was once a pop music genre that was not actually a genre. It emerged in the late nineties and early 2000s. It was called ‘electronica’. This genre was no more a genre than ‘indie’ or even ‘pop’. Electronica was a term simply used to define club music, ambient or noise. It referred to a compartmentalized and, for the most part, friendly listening music that was not good to dance to. As a result, a wide range of musical styles came to be classified under this non-genre just because there was no other suitable classification at the time. And now Oliver Doerell is producing music that sounds like a late electronica manifesto.

BLUE CRIME’s stars have a gloomy shine, inspired by myths and dreams and parallel universes. Earth felt too low; space is the place. They started out as a glowworm in a dark atom shelter, and emerged as eerie moonpop, growing grittier in time. Call it moonpsych, noisefolk, call it earthquakes with guitars and vocal eclipses. Or just feel it, and call it nothing at all. Be it love or hate, dark or light… Blue Crime shows no
mercy for the sober and cold-hearted.

 

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St. Patrick’s Festival Berlin 2018

Dear friends of St. Patrick’s Festival Berlin,

We are delighted to announce that SPFB is officially BACK WITH A BANG on Saturday, March 17th, 2018!!! #patisback

We have joined forces with Urban Spree in Friedrichshain to host our special day in March!

Urban Spree, the cultural icon on the old RAW Grounds beside Warschauer Str, is the perfect venue for our comeback special! We’ll have Irish streetfood vendors serving delicious Irish drinks and food, live music, Irish dancing, and so much more. Make sure you join our Facebook event to stay up to date with announcements!

Unfortunately we didn’t receive permission for the parade this year, but not to worry! We’ll open the gates at Urban Spree from 13:00 so rugby fans will be able to watch the first of 3 live games in the 6 Nations Championship. The highlight will be England vs Ireland (k.o. 15:45) shown on big screens.

We have invited Setanta Berlin GAA to build an indoor GAA section showcasing the very best of Gaelic football and hurling. We will have kids activities, such as Irish Storytelling, arts and crafts, face-painting and the very special opportunity to dance with our lovely Irish dancers.

We are also very pleased that members of Berlin-Ireland Pro Choice Solidarity will be joining us to raise awareness about the upcoming abortion referendum in Ireland and to promote the #hometovotecampaign.

We have a packed schedule of diverse, Berlin-based Irish musicians for the FREE concert in the garden. 4 Minute Mile are sure to set the tone early when they kick things off at 14:00. We will then have the opening ceremony at 15:00 featuring the incredible dancers from Irish Beats Dance Company Berlin. St. Patrick himself is also due to make an appearance 🙂

2-piece Irish folk group Slí na Sláinte will have a more calming influence on proceedings when they take to the stage at 16:00. After the Irish rugby match (17:30), headline act Joey Ryan and his band will take to the stage performing a mix of his own material as well as Irish rock classics. Kilkelly will then perform some folk and blues numbers before Seán Óg and David Flowerkraut treat us to some classic Irish ballads.

The Afterparty featuring a traditional Céilí Mór Irish dance followed by renowned Irish DJs follows on from the concert and will keep revellers moving until the wee hours 🙂

#patisback #afterparty

At a Glance

St.Patrick’s Festival Berlin is back and will be held on Saturday, March 17th, 2018
– The venue is Urban Spree, Revaler Strasse 99, 10245 Berlin
– Diverse mix of Berlin-based Irish musicians. Final line-up confirmed. Follow us here for more!
– Final day of NatWest 6 Nations Rugby Championship on the big screen. All 3 games LIVE (from 13:30)
– Tickets for the Afterparty are already on sale. Limited availability!

So sign up to our newsletter, follow us on social media and spread the word that #PATISBACK in 2018!

The SPFB Team



Scandinavian Christmas Market

 

Nordic by Nature, Berlin Sessions & FluxFM are inviting you to:

Glögg, Pepparkakor, Donald Duck & Santa Claus –
Get a real taste of modern Scandinavian Christmas!

The Scandinavian Christmas Market is a two day outside event on 8th & 9th of December celebrated at Urban Spree in Berlin. Plenty of different local food stalls are serving favourite Christmas bites from the North such as Köttbullar, Risgrynsgröt, Lussebullar, Smørrebrød, Pepparkakor, Rød Pølse and much more topped with a good amount of Glögg. Scandinavian Designers will sell little presents, unique handcrafts, fashion and jewelry in all different price ranges.

Highlights:
Meatball eating contest
Finnish Sauna & Jacuzzi
Bands & DJs
Knitting Workshop
Storyteller
Live Podcast
Donald Duck Streaming
Tombola

For the little ones there will be kids activities such as a Gingerbread house workshop, crafting Christmas tree decorations and little presents by Santa Claus.

Scandinavian Christmas Market
Friday, December 8th, 5 pm – open end
& Saturday, December 9th, 2 pm – 9 pm
Urban Spree, Berlin

Friday, 8.12.
Nightmarket
17.00 – open end

17.00 – 18.00
Official Opening
*with free Glögg and decorating the Christmas Tree (Bring your own decoration item) – Come early! First come, first serve

18.00 – late
Donald Duck Streaming
Meatball Eating Contest (*Sign up for free HERE)
workshops

20.00 – late
Afterparty
*5 Euro entrance

KOY (Live)
Asbjørn vs. Sandra Kolstad (DJ Set)
Sascha Schlegel (DJ Set, FluxFM)
and more
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Saturday, 9.12.
Family Day
14.00 – 22.00
Berliner Kneipenchor (live), Storyteller, Tombola, more tba.



Royal Trux + Furious Few & Samara Lubelski

Support: Furious Few & Samara Lubelski

Doors: 8 pm Start: 9 pm
if it is nice weather Samara will do an Open Air Set in the garden. ♥

In the 1990’s Royal Trux established themselves as one of the greatest rock groups of that hallowed era. With albums of extrasensory scope ranging from 1990s Twin Infinitives (which belongs to the special category of albums whose impact may take decades to be measured), to 1993’s Cats and Dogs (with its seamless blend of classic roots, grunge, and punk) to 2000’s Pound for Pound (inhabiting a well-worn coat of southern hard-rock boogie), they reinvented the group concept born with the Rolling Stones (whose music inspired the duo with a definitive template with which to fuck), accepting nothing less than “The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll band” as an opening proposition!
Jennifer Herrema (vocals, moog, guitar, melodica, sticks and stones, pots and pans) and Neil Hagerty (vocals and guitarist) were both in the Washington, D.C. area where they met and, as teenagers, formed Royal Trux while living in an abandoned warehouse space near the New York Avenue bridge a few miles from Union Station. The name was an evocation of their omnidirectional headspace and abilities — plus, Jennifer grew up skateboarding, moving to roller skating after removing the trux and wheels off her board grafting them onto a pair of skates, giving her an unequaled ability to maneuver … even then, it was all about the TRUX.

The idea was to play with what little equipment and resources they had and make the most of it by starting musically with the simplicity of blues progressions. The blues also happened to fit the bill for a band called “Pussy Galore” that recruited Hagerty to fill the position of guitarist and tutor (teaching them all how to play the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street album) in exchange for money, equipment and a place to stay in New York. The move to NYC (Jennifer into the YMCA, Neil with the band) was fortuitous, but the perceived similarities between the two acts weren’t much beyond initial chord progressions and of course the unmistakable sound of Hagerty’s unparalleled guitar style.

The Trux walked a different talk, one with a more elusive, at times counter-intuitive attitude. Hagerty and Herrema were by nature loners, drug abusers and intellectuals; they stood out among the many art school “bands” in NYC in the late 80s. Playing with a revolving cast of freaks, fellow-travelers, and influences allowed them to discard the tradition of a “band” with “members.” Listening to the records nobody else cared to play anymore, they chose to stake out a post no-wave stance shot through with aspects of classic New Yorkia — Godz, Lovin’ Spoonful, Lou Reed and Television all fit the bill — sifting it through in a personal manner that eventually became known as the “lo-fi” genre. In this tactile fashion, they gained notoriety for their unconventional music and ideas, presenting themselves at live shows and elsewhere with an aesthetic marked by indifference and debauchery.

Royal Trux’s first tangible music releases were a song credited to them on Pussy Galore’s Right Now LP (“Fix-It”) (1987) and two tracks, “Luminous Dolphin” and “Cut You Loose,” (1988) on a ROIR cassette compilation . . . but it was the end of 1988 that saw them release their own, self-titled LP for not much more than $500. With no label or distribution in place it was the music that propelled their trajectory (not money, nepotism, or connections) — this was what it took to launch new beginnings in the music world/landscape at that time. Not long after, Drag City and Domino came calling, and an attempt to dominate worldwide was undertaken. Up through 1995, via several records, tours, a film (What is Royal Trux?) and a relentless promotion campaign (including placing their “art” as TV adverts on the sci-fi network and others ), their portfolio expanded, leading to a contract with Virgin Records, who evaluated them to be necessary listening on a big-time level. It could only have been done with fresh eyes and ears and the understanding that new realms of possibility could be accessed by Truxian imagination and vision.

After signing with Virgin in 1994 for a three-album stint, Royal Trux began calling themselves the “World’s Greatest Royal Trux Boogie Band.” Who could argue with that? Few even knew what it meant. After the Virgin albums they returned to Drag City with a diverse series of sounds on Accelerator, Veterans of Disorder and Pound for Pound. As always, they were open for business and taking offers, confronting the world from where they stood on the street, and seeking to jack it for all they could. Over a decade has passed and the pair’s music continues to sound just as progressive, vital, and confounding.

Beyond the genre-setting and -defying music and the genius of Hagerty’s playing, they were fronted by a willfully non-archetypal female singer whose stance became it’s own archetype over the years, as the world caught on to the need for a new breed. Subsequently, a generation of females looked to Jennifer Herrema for inspiration, emulation and commodification.
Royal Trux have done as much to define the look, attitude and sound of rock & roll as any other group in the rock & roll era. This is due to their Bitches Brew approach: “everything in the pot whether you like it or not,” deriving from world music, punk rock, jazz, metal, electronic, southern, teeny-bop and all the rest. In the tradition of the blues, through appropriation and evaluation, Royal Trux changed the way we think of music — it is no surprise that their Truxian language has been further absconded with and recited uncredited for years. Such organic perpetuation only happens with original thought worthy of its own definition. This was and is Royal Trux: innovators and dedicated lifers among the sounds they love. Odds are, whether you know it or not, if you find yourself reading this you’ve been touched by Royal Trux. But only in the right places!

Now you know a little — but Royal Trux got a lot of things to come, including the forthcoming upcoming fly-in tour of Euro and UK festivals, as well as a musical and journalistic trip back to Austin. Texas, where last year’s Psych-fest was cancelled by rising water, this time in the name of that which we call (the new) SXSW. They took to the stages and played with no more than a day to prepare, creating unhinged music from their the solid undercarriage of their songs. With more shows in the pipeline, all we can wonder is all we’ve ever wondered about Royal Trux — what’s next?

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Foto: © Jen Neil