Concert Series “Broken Music Vol. 2_Live” from 20 April 2023 at Hamburger Bahnhof

Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

“Broken Music Vol. 2_Live” is pleased to present pioneering international artists Sven-Åke Johansson, Charlemagne Palestine, and Christian Marclay as well as emerging international artists Jessica Ekomane, Mieko Suzuki/Claudia Rohrmoser, Hassan Khan, and Emeka Ogboh, who now have a foothold in Berlin. Over the course of six evenings, the concert programme rounds off the current exhibition commemorating more than 70 years of records and sound works by artists at the Hamburger Bahnhof (through 14 May 2023). These live performances in the exhibition space defy the boundary between art and music. The close of the series will be celebrated with a Broken Music Party at the Rieckhallen on 5 May – marking the 40th anniversary of Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e. V.

Sven-Åke Johansson and Charlemagne Palestine have been creating sonically, physically, psycho-acoustically, and conceptually powerful, auratic music performances since the 1970s. The focus of Christian Marclay’s work – a trailblazer in the field of “turntablism” – as well as that of Mieko Suzuki and Raed Yassin has been on records, record players, and “playing with records.” While Jessica Ekomane, Hassan Kahn, and Emeka Ogboh have dedicated themselves to live montage and live electronic processing of previously recorded materials, samples, and field recordings. What unites all of their works is the refusal of any strict demarcation between aesthetic genres like music, visual art, and performance.

Freunde Guter Musik has collaborated with the Hamburger Bahnhof since its opening in 1996, partnering for the exhibition series “Works of Music by Visual Artists” begun in 1999 with projects by, among others, Hanne Darboven, Lawrence Wiener, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Ryoji Ikeda, Susan Philipsz, and Cevdet Erek. With “Broken Music Vol. 2_Live” Freunde Guter Musik celebrate their 40th anniversary of promoting and presenting experimental, intermedial, and open musical and sound art forms. Ursula Block – whose collection of artists' records, since acquired by Hamburger Bahnhof, serves as springboard for the current exhibition – was with her record gallery "gelbe MUSIK" a founding member of Freunde Guter Musik in 1983.

Broken Music Vol. 2_Live: Concert Programme

Thursday, 20 April 2023, 8:30 pm

  • Sven-Åke Johansson

    Das Telefonbuchstück für zwei Gelbe Seiten (1989)
    The Telephone Book Piece – for two Yellow Pages (1989)
    Sven-Åke Johansson, West Berlin telephone books

    Sechs Klavierstücke im Barocken Stil (2021)
    Six Piano Pieces – in the Baroque Style (2021)
    Simon James Phillips, Klavier

    Konzert für 10 + 1 Eierschneider für 11 Spieler (2020, UA)
    Concert for 10 + 1 egg slicers – for 11 performers (2020, world premiere)

    Maulwerker & guests: Fernanda Farah, Seth Josel, Henrik Kairies, Christian Kesten, Alexey Kokhanov, Chico Mello, Andrea Neumann, Silvia Ocougne, Katarina Rasinski, Derek Shirley, Steffi Weismann

    Solo für 2 Hi-Hats(2020)
    Solo for 2 Hi-Hats (2020)
    Sven-Åke Johansson, Percussion

    Gesamtkatalog D für 8 Performer (2003
    Complete Catalogue D – for 8 performers (2003)
    Maulwerker & guests: Fernanda Farah, Henrik Kairies, Christian Kesten, Alexey Kokhanov, Andrea Neumann, Katarina Rasinski, Derek Shirley, Steffi Weismann

Saturday, 22 April 2023, 8:30 pm

  • Charlemagne Palestine: Strumming Music, solo piano
  • Jessica Ekomane: Multivocal, quadraphonic live performance                                 

Thursday, 27 April 2023, 9 pm

  • Hassan Khan: The Infinite Hip-Hop Song Live!, Performance

Friday, 28 April 2023, 9 pm

  • Emeka Ogboh: Lagos Sessions, Live Performance

Thursday, 4 May 2023, 8:30 pm

  • Raed Yassin: Phantom Orchestra, solo performance with 12 turntables and 42 records

Friday, 5 May 2023, 8:30 pm

  • Mieko Suzuki & Claudia Rohrmoser: Broken Vinyl, audiovisual performance
  • Christian Marclay: Record Players, 1982, ensemble performance with records

Friday, 5 May 2023, 10 pm

  • Broken Music_DJing
    DJ sets by Jessica Ekomane, Emeka Ogboh, Mieko Suzuki
    40 Jahre Freunde Guter Musik Berlin
    Rieckhallen Underground


14 € / 10 €:

A event series by Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V. in collaboration with the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Artistic Director: Ingrid Buschmann
Programme: Ingrid Buschmann, Matthias Osterwold

Made possible by funding from Hauptstadtkulturfonds.