CTM 2024: Osmium, Ale Hop & Laura Robles

The concert takes place within CTM Festival´s 25th anniversary edition, which runs from January 26 to February 4, 2024. Under the theme Sustain, CTM 2024 presents the current state of adventurous music, from pulsating dance floor to shared moments of artistic intimacy.

Osmium is a new project from the minds of Oscar-winning composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, Grammy-winning producer Sam Slater, Subtext boss James Ginzburg,  and pioneering Indonesian vocalist Rully Shabara, of Senyawa. The four musicians assemble here to create surprising and hypnotic music using specially built instruments, finding a balance between the mechanical and the organic. As Shabara picks up on feedback sounds from the mechanised elements of the instruments to create new rhythms with his extended vocals, the »robots« themselves continue playing whether or not the instrumentalists add their own personal chaos. Heavy on percussion, and spectral timbres, the project explores how organic sounds blend into the sound of machines, and vice versa.

Alejandra Cárdenas, aka Ale Hop, and Laura Robles grew up houses apart in Lima, Peru, without ever meeting each other; now, the two Berlin-based musicians will present their first joint release, Agua Dulce. Their work is a radical deconstruction of the traditional rhythms of the Peruvian coast, with a focus on the cajón, a Peruvian box drum that enslaved peoples made from fruit boxes when Spanish colonisers banned the more familiar foot drum in the 19th century. Robles uses a processed electric cajón to beat out rhythms from dances like Landó, Lamento, and Zamacueca, while Cárdenas fractures the sounds with abstract electronics, splintering the tracks into noisy markers, both harsh and sweet, as the city of Lima. On this occasion, they will be joined by dancer and artist Natisa Exocé Kasongo, who will perform his dance style based on improvisation and experimental storytelling.


Monday, January 29
Doors: 7 pm / Start: 8 pm

CTM Festival is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion, the  Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, and many more.


Event Access

This event is 16+. This concert will have loud volumes – hearing protection is available free of charge at the entrance (ticket check).
silent green Betonhalle is partially accessible: The ramp leading down to the venue has a very strong angle, which can create difficulties for non-electric wheelchairs. A lift is available at the back of the building, please speak to entrance staff for assistance. We encourage you to get in touch with us in advance so that we can help plan your visit: accessibility(at)ctm-festival.de.
We offer free access for an accompanying person for holders of a »Schwerbehinderten Ausweis mit Kategorie B« card. Please get in touch with CTM’s boxoffice in advance to make arrangements: boxoffice(at)ctm-festival.de.
Reduced tickets for this event are available to holders of a »Berechtigungsnachweis.« You must present this document together with your ticket when entering the venue. Reduced tickets are also available at the door.