Konfrontationen 2019 - Sunday | 28 July


03:00 p.m. @ Protestant church


(© Barbora Fabianova)

Arnold de Boer - guitar, vocals

Arnold de Boer is originally from Friesland (a northern province of The Netherlands) and his latest album is in Frisian (officially the second language of The Netherlands and of Germany too). The music is stripped down and acoustic, the matter is dark, the title: "Moarn gean ik dea" means "Tomorrow I will die".

"The solo project of Arnold de Boer gives us a bunch of avant-garde elements loosely structured - like a child's play - just to build his sonic world." AOTY

Zea plays Wurch (frisian song) whole Frisian album


(© Reinout Bos)

Lena Hessels - guitar, vocals

You might think that not much can be said about an 18-year old. And you might be wrong, as Lena Hessels' life has always been filled with music and travelling. Her father Terrie was a co-founder of The Ex nearly 40 years ago, and together with her parents, she visited Ethiopia many times and was always surrounded by musicians and other creative minds. Even at home in Wormer, near Amsterdam.

Rather than preparing herself to follow in her father's footsteps, Lena decided to do things her own way. Her music might not resemble her father's, but they do share a stubborn commitment and DIY-approach. Lena locked herself up in the attic room and a few weeks later came back out with a bunch of songs. Billow was born.

Eight striking songs that immediately show you Lena is more than a girl with a guitar . Varying instruments appear and disappear, colorful mood swings take place, awkward stories are told. From the start, she set out doing things her own way. The results are dreamy, feverish, moody, fresh, occasionally nightmarish but never bland.

Most importantly, it is not about what has already been done. It is about what's taking place right now and about going forward, looking towards the future. It is about making plans and keeping evolving: playing concerts, soaking up impressions and turning them into new material. Lena has only just started and invites you, the curious listener, to join in on her sonic adventure.


(© Rinzing Kelsang / Christine Schörkhuber)

noid - cello
Marina Džukljev - organ

Marina Džukljev & noid will present a piece, developed during a small residency in Nickelsdorf in July 2019. Starting from variations in density and micro tonalitiy, the composition researches the specific potentiality-strengths and defects of the organ in the protestant church in Nickelsdorf.

Marina Džukljev Noid

07:30 p.m. @ Jazzgalerie


(© Tony Elieh / Tony Elieh)

Mazen Kerbaj - trumpet
Sharif Sehnaoui - prepared guitar
Magda Mayas - piano
Raed Yassin - double bass
Mike Majkowski - double bass
Tony Buck - drums, percussion

The AB sextet is the sum of two working bands, the "A" trio from Beirut and Das B. from Berlin. Both groups play extensive improvised sets, and both of them were part of konfrontationen on different editions.
When Mazen Kerbaj was invited to present a group for the festival's 40th anniversary, it is very naturally that he thought of joining those two groups he is part of to form an extraordinary sextet that will be performimg for the first time ever on this occasion. (Mazen Kerbaj)

The Oral #5 | Mazen Kerbaj & Jim Denley


(© Michel Dorbon)

Nicole Mitchell - flute
Myra Melford - piano
Joëlle Léandre - double bass

The trio Myra Melford, Nicole Mitchell and Joëlle Léandre began as a result of Melford's Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts Residency at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts in San Francisco (2013-15), intended to aid the center in building an audience for their jazz and improvised music program. This culminated in the New Frequencies Fest: Jazz@YBCA in February of 2015. For her own performance on that festival, Melford chose to invite Léandre and Mitchell, whose duo work on Sisters Where (RogueArt) and collaborations with Thomas Buckner, Michael Dessen and others have shown a potent simpatico. The performance at YBCA revealed a wonderful chemistry, and the three decided to continue working as a collectively led trio.

Although the chamber-like texture of the full trio predominates, Tiger Trio weighs all options in terms of orchestration, venturing duo combinations, solo interludes and other unexpected strategies as the music unfolds. "I watch Myra climb into the piano, and Joëlle pull the wood out of her bass," Mitchell says, "and I see myself squeezing through the flute's silver holes. We soar through the triangle of women, fiercely committed to the rapture of instrumental sound."

Nicole Mitchell Myra Melford Joëlle Léandre


(© Frank Schemmann)

Will Brooks - vocals, electronics
Mike Mare - guitar, electronics, synth
Hans Joachim Irmler - synths, vocals
Mats Gustafsson - tenor sax, electronics
Andreas Werliin - drums, percussion

This powerhouse, inter-generational group brings together an unlikely gathering of members of the New Jersey-based experimental hip-hop group Dälek (electronic musician and vocalist Will Brooks, guitarist-keyboardist Mike Mare), the Swedish free jazz group Fire! (tenor saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, drummer Andreas Werliin) and the classic '70s German krautrockband Faust (keyboardist and 68-year-old founding member Hans Joachim Irmler).

Debut album on RareNoiseRecords. From the press release: "Anguish stands as a hard-hitting manifesto for the next evolution in the hip-hop legacy. The dark, impossibly intense dirges, industrial noise onslaughts and banshee-like free jazz wailing heard throughout Anguish could be an imposing soundtrack for a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future."


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