BLACKTRONIKA PART 4: SOUL OF EXPERIMENTAL
A Day of Soulful, Experimental Performances
We’ve been sharing the artists who will be a part of the King Britt-curated Blacktronika program for our 2024 festival. Today, we’re excited to share the four artists who’ll present ‘Soul of Experimental’ at Big Ears on Sunday, March 24. Check out the full Blacktronika program and listen to a playlist created by King Britt featuring all Big Ears x Blacktronika performers.
Joseph Kamaru, aka KMRU, is a Nairobi-born, Berlin-based sound artist whose work is grounded on the discourse of field recording, noise, and sound art. His work posits expanded listening cultures of sonic thoughts and sound practices, a proposition to consider and reflect on auditory cultures beyond the norms.
Elsa M’Bala, aka A.M.E.T., is a sound artist who makes live podcasts as a mixture between deejaying and live radio shows, in which field recordings and interviews are shared live with an audience. Her practice breaks with western classical music by creating graphic scores that enable her to include semitones, as is regular in non-western music.
Low Leaf has defined her own unique sound by combining the classical piano training of her childhood with her own self-taught harp, guitar, and production skills, plus heartfelt singing—giving way to a pure, unrestricted, and constantly growing signature style.
Whether she’s performing within the Indian classical music tradition or with the latest electronics, Suphala—tabla player, percussionist, composer, and producer—breaks new ground. Her counterpart , ambient electronic and new age artist Laraaji, is best known for his 1980 collaboration with Brian Eno, Ambient 3: Day of Radiance.