Pitchfork, the "most trusted voice in music", announces the return of the Pitchfork Music Festival Berlin, taking place from 1.–5.11. The festival will be hosted at various locations, including silent green from November 3rd to 5th.
Since 2006, music enthusiasts from all over the world have come to the music festivals curated by Pitchfork in Chicago and Paris. Since 2020, Berlin has also been on the Pitchfork map alongside London. For the Pitchfork Music Festival Berlin 2023, as in previous years, innovators, upcoming stars and cult figures have been gathered to celebrate Berlin's status as one of the most important cities for underground culture.
Sevdaliza (Teheran, Iran) is an autodidactic singer, songwriter, director and composer. Her creations contrast husky vocals with cutting strings and bass lines setting an enigmatic mood. Born in Iran and residing in the Netherlands, Sevdaliza has made quite the impression with her consistent release of audiovisual experiences. Sevdaliza’s melancholic visceral voice floats over beds of thumping triphop dubs, married with classical harmonies. Rhythmic tensions build slowly into chaotic climaxes. Her work has been described as "genre-bending", drawing on various genres including electronic, punk, triphop, grime and the avant-garde.
Her writing, influenced by greater novelists, has a philosophical questioning character; subjects like gender diversification and perception of emotion are strongly present. Masculine and feminine energy blend harmonically within. Sevdaliza plays with the simulation of identities and fantasies that can hardly be distinguished from reality. Creating a world where everything is possible. To Sevdaliza, expression comes forward in designing every detail in sound and imagery. Her music is charged with demanding energy and consists an enormous amount of dynamics. It portrays a porcelain yet deep fullness. Her creations attracted worldwide attention. She self-released her internationally acclaimed debut EP The Suspended Kid and the follow-up Children of Silk. Both EP’s were well received worldwide with the likes of international press and fans. In 2020 Sevdaliza released her sophomore album Shabrang. Her art not only continues to break new ground but it also serves as a source of healing, empowerment and a community that surpasses geographic parameters.
When Annahstasia writes a song, it embodies a world of its own. The self-taught singer-songwriter says her artistic practice is steeped in fantasy and romanticism, and Annahstasia’s rose-colored perspective is elucidated by her enchantingly sumptuous and acrobatic voice— one she developed through a lasting appreciation for complex vocalists like Bill Withers, Nina Simone, and Janis Joplin. "Those were the first musicians that I felt lent their voice to their music and not the music to their voice," she explains. She rarely, if ever, writes her lyrics down, instead preferring to imagine the spirits that live in her songs—how they might look, move, talk, or dance—and speak to their identities in real time through her music.
Her first solo release, 2019’s Sacred Bull, was an honest, no-frills experiment that opened doors to collaborations with the likes of singer Raveena, who features on her new single While You Were Sleeping, and Lenny Kravitz, who invited her to support him as an opener on his Raise Vibrations European tour. Her newest project, Revival, is a folk EP that, as the name indicates, has been a project that both renewed her love of music after a period of uncertainty and facilitated a potent resurgence of self.
Friday, November 3 (Early Show)
Doors: 6:30 pm / Start: 7:30 pm