DON., 16.08 COMMUNITY EVENING - Perspectives on contemporary music cultures in South East Asia - Music Pool Berlin x Pop Kultur
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Music Pool Berlin Community Evening @ Pop-Kultur
Venue: Soda Moon Floor @ Kulturbrauerei / Pop-Kultur Festival, Schönhauser Allee 36
Date: 16 August 2018
The Music Pool community evening will provide insights into the music scenes in Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines – from musical styles to organizational aspects. Potential ways of collaboration for Berlin based artists with the music scenes in Southeast Asia will also be a topic.
The evening is organized on the occasion of a group of female artists and cultural producers from Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand visiting Berlin and the Pop-Kultur festival, organized by Goethe Institute in cooperation with Missy Magazine.
Alyana Cabral (Manila, Philippines) is a musician, writer, and film score composer from Manila. For seven years, she has been performing all over the city as a singer and multi-instrumentalist for several bands. She is currently the vocalist and guitarist of garage folk outfit Ourselves the Elves, as well as keyboard and percussion player for psych rock group Shamanism. Her forays with sound art and electronic music fuel her experimental solo project, Teenage Granny. Alyana has made music for a handful of films, such as Cinema One Originals 2016 Best Film awardee, “2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten,” and Regal Entertainment’s horror film, “The Debutantes,” wherein she got nominated for best musical score by FAMAS 2018. When she goes home to her bedroom with just her guitar, she writes political songs for her folk project identity. Aside from performing, Alyana also organizes live shows, mostly (but not exclusively) for female musicians and female-fronted bands. She has recently founded Kababae Mong Tao, a multimedia platform aiming to empower women of all colors and expressions. Alyana believes in sisterhood solidarity, male involvement, faeries, woman-moon synchronicity, and the power of dreams.
Amanda Keisha Ang (Singapore)is known for her work behind Singaporean all-girl art and music crew ATTAGIRL! championing electronic music for women in Asia - on her own, Amanda has been quietly but actively pushing her own initiatives and shows. When she isn’t DJing or doing music promotion with her bass music collective BAOWBAOW, she spends her time teaching illustration, creating artwork for like-minded music aficionados, music journalism, learning tattoo and cooking. As a music lover and DJ, her palate spans across various genres of Classic House, Techno, Hip-hop, Soul, UK Garage, Dancehall, Grime, Footwork, Jungle and Drum & Bass. She’s played in various cities and festivals alongside names/collectives such as Discwoman, BaeTokyo, Mr Carmack, TOKiMONSTA, Madam X, and electronic music legends DJ Krush and RP Boo. Through travel and music she hopes that she can empower and lend support to other women of color like herself in the similar artistic fields.
Kartika Jahja (Jakarta, Indonesia) is a vocalist and songwriter with the group Tika & The Dissidents. The band is known to fuse different genres from punk, to trip hop, to jazz combined with Kartika’s defiant lyrics touching on issues from gender justice, sexuality, labour movement, to media literacy. As an activist Kartika has focused on the issue of gender and sexuality since 2012. In 2015 she founded The Bersama Project; a foundation that aims to promote gender equality through music and the arts. In July 2018, Kartika and her two partners opened an alternative art space called SELATAN.
Mich Dulce (Manila, Philippines)is a Filipina fashion designer, milliner and corsetiere by profession, specializing in the creation of ethical contemporary hats and headpieces with wholly sustainable traditional Philippine raw materials combined with traditional European millinery techniques. She is also the vocalist of The Male Gaze, a feminist riot grrrl band that aims to inform, provoke and challenge their audiences. Also a contemporary artist, Dulce’s practice as an artist has always been confessional and about her personal experiences as a woman and her reaction to the patriarchal social norms in the Philippines, reattributing and dissecting gender roles. Working with a variety of mediums (often involving stereotypically feminine craft), she builds immersive multi-sensory environments and installations that encourage the viewers to contribute to the work.
The conversation will be moderated by Sonja Eismann (Missy Magazine) and Anna Maria Strauß (Goethe Institut Jakarta).