Ultima festival 2015
James Hoff + Afrikan Sciences + Hilde Holsen
Ultima and nyMusikk present a triple bill partly hosted by the Berlin-based PAN label. Run by US musician Bill Kouligas (Hiss Golden Messenger), PAN has become one of the most challenging and critically acclaimed labels within electronic and experimental music.
Afrikan Sciences from Brooklyn and James Hoff are responsible for some of the imprint’s best known records.
Afrikan Sciences (Eric Douglas Porter) has a broad musical background and is best known for his polyrhytmic and complex melodies in a crossover between afro-futurism, science fiction, hip hop, jazz and house.
His most recent album Circuitous (2014) once again proves that he is an artist who transcends club music and dares enter the unknown. His live performances typically combine double bass, turntables and electronic effects.
New York-based artist James Hoff works across multiple platforms, as a painter, editor and publisher of Primary Information (a press devoted to publishing artists' books and reprinting out-of-print editions), writer, lecturer and musical composer. He didn't have a lot of musical experience when he made his 2011 debut with How Wheeling Feels When the Ground Walks Away, based on field recordings from several insurgencies in Europe and South America.
His latest album, Blaster (2014), explores an interest in computer viruses. By infecting sound files with the so-called Blaster virus, he laid the groundwork for his own interpretation of the term dance music.
The Norwegian musician Hilde Holsen will be first to perform. She recently played her transmuted trumpet to a packed church in Oslo as part of nyMusikk's Only Connect festival. Improvising and processing her horn in real time, she shapes sonic landscapes that are glowing, harmonious and melancholic.
In collaboration with Ultima and Blå.