Archipelago 2018

Concert series

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September, 2018
Ammar 808, 2018
Ammar 808, 2018
With the technical support of:

the LIEM, Laboratorio de Informática and Electrónica Musical of CTE, Centro de Tecnología del Espectáculo del INAEM, Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música-INAEM and Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid-RCSMM


Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Edificio Sabatini (Santa Isabel, 52)

Vaults Gallery
Capacity: 80 people. No adapted access for those with reduced mobility

Capacity: 400 people

Capacity: 144 people

Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid (Santa Isabel, 53)

Manuel de Falla Auditorium
Capacity: 150 people. No adapted access for those with reduced mobility

Organized by
Museo Reina Sofía
Rubén Coll and José Luis Espejo

In its second edition, Archipelago asserts its approach to listening as a form of both knowledge and aesthetic pleasure. Attendants are encouraged to approach the complexities of the cotemporary world not only through the ear, but also through the body, by absorbing sound with all their organs and bones.

This year the number of participant artists grows and the venues diversify: shows will be held at the Garden of Sabatini Building, the the Vaults Gallery and the Auditorium, as well as in the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, located next to the Museo.

If something characterised music at the beginning of the 21st century, it was a paralysis of sorts – an alleged incapacity to contribute something new to history, understood as a continuous linear progress. In order to overcome the institutionalisation affecting and somehow isolating experimentation, in 2018 new geographical references are being explored in a quest for the origins and echoes in folklore and popular traditions, a source from which innovation continuously feeds. Simultaneously, new forms of listening are being proposed that implicate the body through dance.

In Experimentalisms in practice. Music perspectives from Latin America (Oxford University Press 2018), authors Ana R. Alonso-Minutti, Eduardo Herrera, and Alejandro L. Madrid define music experimentation not as a universal concept but as a notion located in relation to the specific contexts where it emerges. Although experimentation can be understood as a synonym of quest – or as that which “has no limits”, according to Michael Nyman –, in recent years it has been burdened by predetermined formulas that are mostly derived from Eurocentric and English-speaking-centric conceptions. Such formulas seem to claim implicitly that all music expressions beyond their own sound and geographic limits lack the self-proclaimed capacity to look forward into the future in a progressive way.

This feeling of exhaustion – which has turned into a Zeitgeist – has also brought about a turn into the past: artists listen to the sound archive of the previous century with new ears, looking for alternatives to a canon built on the basis of already exhausted narratives and genealogies.

Without aiming at building a new hierarchy, the artists participating in this edition embody music proposals from different geographical locations and practices that help make known new historical contexts and projects, as well as new music futures.



Actividad pasada Friday, 21 September
Sabatini Building, Vaults Gallery
Museo Reina Sofía

6:30 pm – 7 pm
Janneke van der Putten

Janneke van der Putten is a Dutch performer and visual artist. Employing techniques learned during years of training, she uses her voice as an instrument in order to explore different environments physically, sonically and emotionally. Her work moves away from the usual modern parameters of amplification and synthesis, focusing instead on the body’s resonance in the here and now.

7 pm – 7:30 pm
Agnès Pe

Madrid-based musicologist of the non-common, Agnès Pe’s work transcends all genre boundaries. After her eclectic and overwhelming session in Archipelago’s first edition, this year she presents an intense performance where MIDI files will be twisted beyond recognition while generating new (a)rhythmic forms and structures. Low-fi and hi-physicality computer music with a playful and unstoppable attitude: all or nothing.

7:30 pm – 8 pm

Hashigakari take his name from Japanese noh theatre. Based in Madrid, their members David Area (electronics) and Tomás Gris (miscellaneous instruments and objects) focus on free improvisation and reductionism. They draw inspiration from the Onkyo Japanese music movement and the work of the likes of Wandelweiser, for whom silence is not only an aesthetic resource but also the origin of an event. Area and Gris run Ex-Nihilo record label and are also members of maDam ensemble, GRS collective, and Nanimo Quartet.

8 pm – 8:30 pm
Clara de Asís

Clara de Asís is a Spanish composer and guitarist based in France. Her performances highlight simplicity and active listening as means of music-making. Asís uses electroacoustics to manipulate combinations of objects, materials and sound sources from a minimal approach. Her last album, Do Nothing (2018), is a suite in which the sounds produced between two actions are let to “live” by themselves, with revealing results for the listener.

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Cedrik Fermont

Born in former Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo), brought up in Belgium and currently based in Berlin, Cedrik Fremont went deep into the domains of electronic music and noise in 1989. His performance in Archipelago will consist of a session based on the research and dissemination of different experimental music scenes from a number of African and Asian countries. Fremont has curated several anthologies through his record label Syrphe and is the author of various essays, including Not your world music. Noise in South East Asia (2016), co-authored with Dimitri della Faie.

Actividad pasada 21 september, 2018
Sabatini Building, Garden
Museo Reina Sofía

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Based in Barcelona, dj Gemma Planell (Tutu) has travelled extensively performing in some of the festivals (Atonal, TodaysArt, Sónar) that set how part of the music currently made in Europe is understood. Her sessions usually begin with recordings of bird noises and morning races, whose rhythmic patterns provide a base from which she builds a continuum of dark and intense textures. The starting point of her performance in Archipelago will be an outdoors sunset, a listening environment very different from that of electronic music clubs.

8:30 pm – 10 pm

Toukadime means “to present” in Arabic. It is a term that can be frequently heard in many Maghrebi analogical recordings from the 20th century. Since 2011, it is also the name of a project by French djs Bachir and Krimau aimed at preserving and disseminating this sound heritage, which they have gathered together in an imposing vinyl series as well as in online digitisations, radio shows, and sessions for the dance floor as the one they will be presenting at Archipelago.

10:15 pm – 11:30 pm
Ammar 808

Tunisian producer Sofyann Ben Youssef re-interprets traditional Maghrebi compositions from a futurist perspective, while he denounces the cruelty of frontiers and struggles to overcome separatism by valorising differences. In Archipelago he will be presenting the first release of his project Ammar 808, Maghreb United. In Maghreb United the hypnotic sound of the gasba and the zokra intermingle with the legendary 808 drum machine, a device essential for genres such as electro and techno, which are now well-established but were ground-breaking at their beginning.

Actividad pasada Saturday, 22 September
Real Conservatorio Superior de Música
Performance on the organ of Manuel de Falla Auditorium

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Áine O'Dwyer

Áine O'Dwyer is an Irish harp player, singer, composer, improviser and visual artist with a reputation in experimental music for her unusual approach to organ. Her heterodox work explores the acoustic potential of the instrument without leaving aside the organ’s relationship with its habitual spatial contexts and their sacred dimension. In Archipelago, O’Dwyer will present a site-specific performance on the organ of Manuel de Falla Auditorium.

Actividad pasada 22 september, 2018
Sabatini Building, Auditorium
Museo Reina Sofía

6 pm – 7 pm
Tarawangsawelas + Rabih Beaini

From Indonesia, Bandung-based Teguh Permana and Wisnu Ridwana will perform together their unique rendering of tarawangsa, a ritual and ceremonial music from Sunda, in West Java. They will play the tarawangsa (a two-stringed violin of sorts) and the jentreng (a seven-stringed zither), accompanied by the unclassifiable Lebanese artist Rabih Beaini, also known as Morphosis, who will process the duo’s sound and take it to new, unexpected paths.

Actividad pasada 22 september, 2018
Sabatini Building, Garden
Museo Reina Sofía

7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Nadah El Shazly

Cairo-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Nadah El Shazly’s first release, Ahwar (2017), has been critically acclaimed in the specialised media and is an excellent introduction to Cairo’s vibrating music scene. Yet to be discovered in Spain, in Archipelago Shazly will present the personal musical discourse that articulates her songs: impro strategies and electronic music intermingle with elements of 20th-century Arab folk music and do so without nostalgia, making the most of this heritage’s relevance and renovating power.

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

After a 13-year wait, we celebrate the release of the latest solo album of German musician Erik Wiegand (Errorsmith), Superlative Fatigue (2017). The album’s title, which refers to its extenuating creative process, could also describe the tiredness induced by the repetition of out-dated and predictable formulas in some music genres – something from which Errorsmith has always exceled at escaping. Wiegland is the creator of the Razor synthesiser – a cornerstone of the album sound – and member of MMM (together with Berghain’s resident dj Fiedel), and of Smith N Hack (together with Frank Timm from Soundstream)

9:45 pm – 11:15 pm
DJ Lag

Gqom is a music genre from the suburbs of Durban, South Africa, which uniquely blends broken beats, percussive minimalism and a variety of elements from hip-hop, house and even maskandi (Zulu folk music). At his young age, Lwazi Asanda Gwala (Dj Lag) has managed to catapult this eminently local style to a global scale, thanks to overwhelming and effervescent sessions like the one that will be closing this edition of Archipelago.