Following the successful pilot run in 2011, CTM Festival presents the second ICAS SUITE BERLIN during the 3rd Berlin Music Week. Running 5 to 8 September 2012, the 4-day ICAS SUITE BERLIN forges ever new links between the city’s burgeoning arts scene and music initiatives around the globe. It sees ICAS member organizations join forces with Berlin labels and music initiatives to test new collaborations and projects in concerts and club nights at Festsaal Kreuzberg, Monarch, West-Germany, and the newly-refurbished Paloma, involving the most exciting artists in their networks.


The ICAS SUITE BERLIN is intended as much as a platform of discovery for the general public as an ideal context for networking that aims to spark new and sustainable relations beneath music professionals. And what better framework than Berlin and its quickly evolving Music Week? Berlin’s outstanding music scene assembles for the nth degree during this exceptional week to create a vibrant display of our local activity. But music in Berlin does not feed on itself; its current vitality is unimaginable without a steady and versatile international exchange. With cooperation as its fundamental idea, the ICAS SUITE BERLIN aims to display and amplify the vibrant undercurrents of collaboration that enrich current music cultures.

This way, the ICAS SUITE BERLIN within the Berlin Music Week provides a forum for independent music initiatives, whose non-conformist appetite for new sounds, tireless perseverance, and open-mindedness form the creative mold from which the most forwardthinking music of today evolves – in Berlin and elsewhere.

The ICAS SUITE BERLIN’s broad musical spectrum reflects ICAS members’ open-ended approach to the rich panorama of contemporary and experimental music presently teasing the fringes of forced marketability. In an eclectic mix of club music, avant-Pop, experimentation, ambientnoise, and improvisation, the ICAS SUITE BERLIN club nights, concerts, and performances showcase established as well as up-and-coming artists.

In addition to the ICAS SUITE BERLIN music program, the CTM Festival and its ICAS partners contribute to the Music Week’s conference program, Word on Sound, with a series of lectures and panels titled Denkfabrik that takes place on 5 September 2012.

Both projects belong to the five-year project initiative Networking Tomorrow’s Art for an Unknown Future, dedicated to exploring diverse aspects of the future of music culture, its social role, and its repercussions, which was launched by the network’s European strand (ECAS – European Cities of Advanced Sound), with funding from the European Commission’s Culture Programme. What is the status quo, which tools are of use in independent cultural production, which measures can be taken to promote self-empowerment, what have we learned to date, what should we leave behind, and what must we take with us into the future? These are only a few of the questions that the initiative seeks to explore– and possibly answer – by commissioning artistic work, convening interdisciplinary symposia, organising network encounters and workshops, and underscoring the lot with the latest in experimental music.

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Written by ECAS
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