Hatis Noit + Agnese Menguzzato

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Haitis Noit is a Japanese vocal performer hailing from distant Shiretoko in Hokkaido who now resides in London. Hatis Noit's accomplished range is astonishingly self-taught, inspired by everything she could find from Gagaku — Japanese classical music — and operatic styles, Bulgarian and Gregorian chanting, to avant-garde and pop vocalists.

​It was at the age of 16, during a trek in Nepal to Buddha's birthplace, when she realised singing was her calling. While staying at a women’s temple in Lumbini, one morning on a walk Hatis Noit heard someone singing. On further investigation it was a female monk singing Buddhist chants, alone. The sound moved her so intensely she was instantly aware of the visceral power of the human voice; a primal and instinctive instrument that connects us to the very essence of humanity, nature and our universe.

​The name Hatis Noit itself is taken from Japanese folklore, meaning the stem of the lotus flower. The lotus represents the living world, while its root represents the spirit world, therefore Hatis Noit is what connects the two. For Hatis Noit, music represents the same netherworld with its ability to move and transport us to the other side; the past, a memory, our subconscious. ​

March 23, 2018 marked the worldwide release of her first enigmatic EP Illogical Dance on Erased Tapes. The arresting 4-track record features Björk-collaborators Matmos and creates unique song-worlds with transcendent vocal interpretations that at once deconstruct and recombine Western Classical, Japanese folk and nature's own ambience atmosphere.

Her first full-length album for international release Aura was released on 2022 to much critical acclaim, with one of its highlights Inori having recently received a rework by the American avant-garde composer William Basinski.

Agnese Menguzzato is an Italian composer and musician based in Berlin. Trained in both violin and the renaissance lute, she then studied sound engineering in Napoli. Menguzzato recently released her first solo EP Scusa via Berlin imprint Verlag; the record was described as ‘an ode to gentleness’. Drawing on historical and contemporary technologies, Menguzzato’s practice intertwines past and current techniques to explore the sonic prospects of the present, often employing the auditory potential of the lute.

Menguzzato’s musical expression is deeply rooted in her childhood imagery and in confrontation with nature, from which every human sentiment flows. Having lived between Trentino Alps and Emilia-Romagna Apennines, she’s driven towards the construction of emotive soundscapes gathered from the material and digital worlds. Engaging in various musical constellations, Agnese has collaborated and performed with musicians such as Sara Persico, FRANKIE, and Soho Rezanejad and was featured on the latest compilation of the Berlin record and art label Unguarded.

Saturday, January 20
Doors: 7 pm / Start 8 pm