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Terraforma2018 – A festival of superior, sustainable bliss (live report)

Blog English August 10 2018

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Terraforma Festival 2018, Milan, Italy, 29.06-01.07 – review by Sandra S. Borch. Photos by Delfino Sisto Legnani and Guido Borso

For the past four years Villa Arconti, a baroque rural palace just outside Milan, has been home for one of Europe’s most blissful festivals, Terraforma. First held in 2014 with a line up featuring Voices From the Lake, Pierre Bastien, and CB21, and later editions have included artists such as Suzanne Ciani, Mark Ernestus, Millie and Andrea, Aurora Halal, and Rashad Becker. The artistic programme celebrates music with an open-minded and experimental attitude across borders and genres. For its fifth edition the festival had the wizard from Detroit Jeff Mills, spokeswoman for the NON collective Nkisi, Rabih Beaini, Danielle De Santis, and many more. Here follows a selection of performances and thoughts on Europe’s newcomer among experimental music festivals. Læs resten

Phono17_Encourage – Clear sight through the largely unexplored

English Feature November 11 2017 Phono Festival 2017 Press Pix Credits: Phono Festival / Daniel Hjorth / Kristian Thuesen / Cameron Pagett

Reportage by Ivna Franic. Photos by Daniel Hjorth and Cameron Pagett.

The latest edition of Phono Festival brought quite a few exciting names from the international electronic and experimental music scene to Odense this past October. Although the festival theme “Encourage” might have hinted at a more cutting edge and/or politically charged sound than the one ultimately presented at the festival, there were more than enough of rewarding performances that embodied the festival concept themselves.

Phono17 definitely gets things right when it comes to the using of space: the cold industrial feel of Kunsthal Ulys’ large concrete hall remains intact, but thanks to the excellent setup of the down-sized stage and a smart floorplan, the venue is at the same time cozy enough to endure three consecutive days spent there. The club venue is well hidden and less compelling, but provides a decent backdrop for post-festival hanging out and mingling. Læs resten