The 17th Electrónica en Abril takes stock of some of the most fascinating and representative names on the contemporary music scene, where the avant-garde is increasingly part of mainstream culture and productions intended for a mass audience.
This year’s festival has set its sights on artists who have blurred the boundaries between pop and underground music: producers who refuse to renounce their own distinctive language, which often verges on experimentation yet still manages to reach a wide audience. In some cases, sounds with mass appeal are reinterpreted in their hands, while in others they offer a more attractive staging or a somehow familiar discourse.
Electrónica en Abril defends the free use of the avant-garde, with a line-up of indie musicians poised to lead the future of music. Expressions range from the reggaeton of Kelman Duran and Clara! to trans identity and performance in the work of Angel-Ho and Okzharp & Manthe Ribane. Meanwhile, Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones and group A use polyphony and visual patterning to transform club music, and Kelly Moran and Tashi Wada reinterpret and subvert, offering their own versions of recognisable sounds.
04 AprilConcerts Tashi Wada Group feat. Julia Holter & Corey Fogel
Tashi Wada (son and collaborator of Fluxus member Yoshi Wada), Julia Holter and percussionist Corey (…)
05 AprilConcerts group A w/ Dead Slow Ahead
Their early shows were breathtaking experiences: non-stop noise, intense poetry readings and nude (…)
05 AprilConcerts Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones + Okzharp & Manthe Ribane + Kelman Duran
Three different ways of understanding dance: Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones bring us their revamped (…)
06 AprilFor kids, Concerts Chisme
Somewhere between cyberpop, bipolar urban and experimental electronic music with pop aspirations, we (…)
06 AprilConcerts Kelly Moran
The live performance of American pianist Kelly Moran, featuring a large prepared piano, a computer (…)
06 AprilConcerts Lee Gamble + Angel-Ho + Clara!
Lee Gamble readjusting synthesised patterns; Angel-Ho exploring emancipation and trans identity; and, (…)
07 AprilFor kids, Concerts MOW
Her combination of dream pop and elegant electronic sound is a perfect introduction to downtempo (…)