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En Pausa

Festival

En Pausa

16, 17 y 18 de abril

La Casa Encendida
Ronda de Valencia, 2
Madrid
28012
Spain

In hybrid format—online and in person—the festival invites musicians across the planet to put themselves “on pause”. La Casa Encendida has modulated its electronic plans for the month of April and opened a parenthesis with this festival dedicated to horizontal music and deep listening. Three days of reflection, dissidence and connection through listening.

The En Pausa festival underscores the value of listening in this frenetic, fast-paced world, as a response to immediacy, visual overload and divided attention. 

On 16 and 17 April the courtyard of La Casa Encendida will host performances by Parisian master of synthesis Jonathan Fitoussi, clarinet player Paweł Szamburski from Warsaw, the cosmic ambient quarter Mecánica Clásica from Valencia, the presentation of Madrid duo Menhir’s latest project Geomantik Works, and the debut of Dulce Rendición, the new LP by Ylia.

On Sunday the 18th, the virtual session curated by CALMA will be broadcast via the US radio platform 9128.live. Twelve hours of non-stop music with the DJ sets of Alex Albrecht, Ario, ASIP, Chris SSG, Federico Duránd, Gigi FM, Karim, Klara Vedis and Patricia Wolf, plus a live performance by Jo Johnson & Hilary Robinson. A line-up of performances by artists from around the world to make listening a communal experience.

These three days will revolve around three axes: reflection, dissidence and connection through listening. Reflection entails active listening in a state similar to that used in meditation, requiring an effort to block all critical thought. Secondly, En Pausa regards deep listening as an act of dissidence in a frenetic world of short, fragmented attention spans. And finally, it encourages communal, connected listening to achieve collective concentration.

The event is rounded out by the text contributions of Rubén Coll, Marta Echaves and José Luis Maire which serve as a preamble, reflecting on the types of listening proposed each day. To cap it all off, artist Clara Brea will provide a sonic epilogue in the form of Memoria Resonante [Resonant Memory].

The courtyard of La Casa Encendida will be prepared to facilitate an immersive experience and enjoyment, but En Pausa also invites you to pause, unplug and listen from home, as all the concerts will be streamed via La Casa Encendida Radio.

Curated by a_mal_gam_a, consisting of Juan Peralta (Diskoan) and Jose Salas (Josephine’ Soundscapes)

With the support of the Institut Français in Spain and the Polish Cultural Institute in Madrid

Activities Festival En Pausa Open/close Festival
  • 16 April
    Ylia
    La Casa On, Concerts Ylia

    The En Pausa festival will kick off with a live performance by Ylia and the presentation of Dulce Rendición, which (…)

  • 16 April
    Jonathan Fitoussi
    La Casa On, Concerts Jonathan Fitoussi

    French composer Jonathan Fitoussi explores the mixture of modular synthesis and acoustic textures by using minimalistic (…)

  • 17 April
    Paweł Szamburski
    La Casa On, Concerts Paweł Szamburski

    A pillar of the improv music scene in Warsaw and one of the driving forces behind its renaissance in his dual capacity (…)

  • 17 April
    Menhir
    La Casa On, Concerts Menhir

    Menhir presents their upcoming album Geomantic Works, a liturgical experience halfway between ambient and pop that’s (…)

  • 17 April
    Mecánica Clásica
    La Casa On, Concerts Mecánica Clásica

    With five albums released in the last two years, this Valencian combo is one of the most prolific groups on the Spanish (…)

  • 18 April
    En Pausa Connection
    La Casa On, Concerts En Pausa Connection

    The last day of the En Pausa festival will be dedicated to communal listening (…)

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