Multi-culti evening of contemporary electro in A4

 
A French guy, Hungarian guy and a Brit meet in Bratislava’s A4. Sounds like an exposition of a joke  but it’s a line-up of a slightly unusual Sunday’s evening soirée. The contemporary experimental electronics connect the audiophile visions and virtual reality. Get ready for defragmentation of your memory discs in the spirit of the post-club aesthetics- on the Sunday of 20th May in A4! 
 

May in A4

 
May is the time for love but certainly also time for A4! Just look at all these colorful things we’ve prepared for the last month of the spring  and you’ll agree that there’s no other way than to spend a lot of time with us. The program is simply irresistible - fun(ny), informative and diverse. You can even join us for a chess match, if you will!
 

Many things can’t be expressed with words - that’s when the silence says it all

 
Kateřina Zochová is an artist and a musician based in Prague who will lead the two part workshop for children devoted to silence, music and curiosity in A4 called And then the silence smiled. She will also perform as a supporting act for Space Lady on Saturday (28th April) and introduce some of the songs she had composed when on a residency in A4 last year. We talked to her about music, sounds, concentration and appreciation of a moment. 
 

The synth pop queen Space Lady comes to A4!

Synth pop queen Space Lady comes to A4! 
 
You can meet them on the streets of big cities surrounded by tourists - buskers, street artists and musicians or circus performers. Space Lady is one of those who brought busking to another level wearing her famous silver viking helmet with wings and a flickering light and her shining personality. She’s no public transport weirdo - she’s THE Space Lady. This unforgettable seventy-three year old lady will play a collection of rock hits covers in A4 already on 28th of April with just her synthesizer. Come to enjoy a bizarre evening with us! 
 
The story of Susan Dietrich Schneider’s life is a proof that nothing really has to end when you turn seventy. The determined busker and a street musician had been playing on the streets of Boston and San Francisco for more than twenty years. In 2000 she quit music, leaving one CD behind. With a little help of luck and coincidence, the album got to the right hands and eventually one of the songs had appeared on a collection album of outsider music. The enthusiasm and interest in Space Lady was resurrected unexpectedly. Susan turned on her synthesizer again and released the album The Space Lady's Greatest Hits and shortly after took herself on a world tour. 
 
Exactly as the beatniks were traveling the world with just a guitar, the Space Lady brings along her battery charged synthesizer branded Casiotone MT-40 (and the helmet) only. Its sound will remind you of old synth-pop bands like Sucide or Bruce Haack. Synthesizer enthusiast can look forward to a sound feast and the others to something anti-trendy, anti-style but very honest, happy and sincere.
 
Space Lady and her cosmic, psychedelic pop can be categorized as outsider music. Outsider music is a genre of naive music played by amateur musicians who have no official music education - similar to naive art forms of different mediums. It exists outside the waters of any other music movements and genres. For musical theorists and intellectuals Space Lady is a remarkable artist and she had already performed in London’s Cafe OTO and other reputable venues.   
 
For those who are not keen on outsider music Space Lady will be a joy to watch and listen to anyway. She is so far away from anything you have heard before you won’t be able to help but find it heartwarming and real. You’ll hear futuristic covers of Beatles, Johnny Cash and some of the truest guilty pleasures of the last centuries that are hard to put a name on but still so nostalgic. We promise you a little spooky, entertaining and full of joy performance. Aluminum foil helmets are allowed (those you have hidden in your closet since the last chemtrail attack). 
 
The Saturday night in A4 will also be the night of the EVS meeting of interns and young people who came to Slovakia to take part in the program for volunteers. You can meet them all at the concert of Space Lady. 
 
The supporting act of this night will be taken care of by Czech artist and musician Kateřina Zochová. Prague based visual and sound artist makes her own musical instruments, plays the harp, samples and sings. On Saturday she will also lead a children’ sound and music workshop and in the evening she will introduce her songs that came to life during her last year’s residency in A4. Synth pop queen Space Lady comes to A4! 
 
You can meet them on the streets of big cities surrounded by tourists - buskers, street artists and musicians or circus performers. Space Lady is one of those who brought busking to another level wearing her famous silver viking helmet with wings and a flickering light and her shining personality. She’s no public transport weirdo - she’s THE Space Lady. This unforgettable seventy-three year old lady will play a collection of rock hits covers in A4 already on 28th of April with just her synthesizer. Come to enjoy a bizarre evening with us! 
 

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Cities of music: London

Cities of music: London 
A4 is introducing new series of music talks called Futurit
 
London is the place where the world meets. Babylon of cultures that is tempting for musicians and has for decades been a fruitful place for both music makers and music industry. It's a place where music is taken seriously. 

What does hardcore continuum and second summer of love mean? How did the sound-system culture get here? How did the sound system culture happened to be at the peak of the London’s scene and what was the British tradition’s reaction? In the first edition of this new program, musical publicist Peter Dolník will be mapping the club scene of London since the eighties until now and he won’t skip the phenomena of free-parties, gentrification, jungle, acid house or dubstep, grime and Brexit. Come to find out for yourself!
 
The talk will start somewhere at the second half of the eighties. Similarly to punk’s wake-up slap to the old-school rock’s face in the seventies, there was something new and surprising at the beginning of this decade, too. The eighties were influenced by what the tourists coming home from holidays at Balearic Islands experienced. How exciting and refreshing it was to dance all night to electronic music under the influence of ecstasy! The new movement was called acid house and spread all over London and to the whole country and to Europe as the culture of dance music. For the British ravers this was the much needed escape from the chains of the class system - the liberating and people-connecting all-night dancing to electro. It was called the second summer of love and represented the refusal of expensive drinks in clubs, football hooligans’ violence, pub fights and race and class segregation. It lasted for two extraordinary years and changed the British music scene and society forever. If there’s something of the 20th century history that there are many stories told about in London - then it is Blitz and the acid house revolution between the eighties and the nineties. 
 
The new movement quickly became too huge for the small clubs. As a reaction to this the ravers inspired by the travelers’ movement continued their parties outside of the club walls limits - in abandoned factories, halls, storage houses or just outdoors under the stars. The highway around London was every weekend full of cars looking for THE place announced to host the party on the handed-out posters or through a secret anonymous telephone line. 
 
Naturally, the next chapter starts with a new law that prohibited the illegal crowd meetings outside the allowed zones with the aim of listening to music. The authorities banned the raves and pushed them back to clubs where they could be taxed and controlled easier. But something always fades so that something else can grow stronger and so the club scene is still an important part of the musical microcosmos of London. 
 
New age brings new genres. Rave and hardcore continue changing into jungle and soon to drum n’bass, while there’s speed garage approaching from the US. The new music had the soul, second beat accent and a crooked bass line on which the nowadays’ bass music is built. In London’s clubs garage was made into British tradition’s answer: the genre of 2 step. From the musical underground it found its way up to luxurious clubs with expensive clothing and champagne rather quickly and then started dominating the music charts not only in the UK.   
 
The stagnation was again interrupted by the underground. From the backyards of London’s social housing and basketball playgrounds and narrow dark streets grime genre emerged. Literally the street’s dirt was to be heard and felt trough rapping with fast and mechanic music. In 2018 there was its third wave incarnation announced and grime is still not losing its strength as it never really left the London’s scene and made itself popular outside of the UK, too. 
 
Another genre came all mixed up out of the London’s music studios and it was dubstep. From Croydon it was one of the last big new genres that became famous in the whole music world with the little help of the internet and pirate radio stations that had been supporting the music scene in London for decades. London’s dubstep was dark and slow with the crooked bass line and was balanced out with the new lighter version of the bass dance music - UK Funky. If there’s something that dubstep left behind to remember even years after its fame peak, then it is producer Burial. 
 
Brexit, rents getting absurdly expensive and gentrification all have put London to a new position. Is it going to stay an attractive destination for musicians? Will the hardcore continuum close its circle when the export of music to Europe will be made more difficult?
 
There’s not many places like London in the world and that’s why it’s worth getting to know better - possibly through the Futurit talk on Tuesday of 24th April at 19:00 with Peter Dolník in A4. 
 
Organized with the support of public funding through the FPU (Fond for supporting the arts) and Bratislava region (BSK).
 
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A4 is introducing new series of music talks called Futurit

 
London is the place where the world meets. Babylon of cultures that is tempting for musicians and has for decades been a fruitful place for both music makers and music industry. It's a place where music is taken seriously. 


 

Norwegian musical trio Miman comes to improvise in A4

 

The A4 is bringing you yet another compelling improvisation set on Tuesday of 17th April. In Cafe A4 you will have a chance to enjoy a very lively and fresh mixture of spontaneous jazz sounds and virtuous tones. The trio of young musicians from Norway specializes in improvisation and will bring an unrepeatable experience!

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APRIL in A4

 
 
Welcome to April, starting out with some chocolate eggs and bringing us to summer! This month we are bringing you a colorful genre and mood mixture. Come to enjoy new program full of workshops, discussions, dance festivals, film retrospectives and sound workshops - not only for adults! Be ready for horror stories, space sounds, London’s club scene, drawings, collages and some projects from Florida (if you know, what we mean). Ladies and gentlemen, this it April in A4!
 

Technology and thinking - lectures on media philosophy with Palo Fabuš

The A4 has been bringing the lectures about the philosophy of the media as a part of the program Technology and thinking since the January 2018. The presenter and the brains behind it is Palo Fabuš, the editor-in-chief of the magazine Umělec (The Artists), who deals with sociology and new media and the various ways they connect in his work of many fields and interests.
 
The lectures of Technology and thinking program by Palo Fabuš are one of those critical platforms that in depth analyze the things and issues we touch mindlessly every day. The A4 is not only bringing culture and art program dramaturgy to its visitors but also introduces educational formats that challenge and examine the current social and political situation and its issues. The visitors had a chance to have a close-up look on the complex and many times contradictory and fascinating phenomena of the age of now and the gadgets, developments and problems they bring. We come in contact with them so often without realizing how deeply they influence and form our life - even when offline. 
Palo Fabus’s field of expertise is the intertwining relation between informatics, sociology and media theory and the effect they all have on our lives and the world we live in. He studied informatics and media theory in Brno and sociology in Prague, regularly lectured at the MSS MU in Brno, worked as a writer for Literární noviny. He completed an internship at the Ruhr Universität in Bochume where he studied the contemporary media theory and later continued to co-organize the festival of new media culture in Brno called ZOOM. Since 2009 he’s been working for the magazine Umělec and became its editor-in-chief in 2011. His work was published in magazines like Flash Art, A2, Vlna, Furtherfield and others. He lives and works in Nová Perla (Vrané nad Vltavou, Czech Republic). 
In January our visitors already had a chance to think over the issues of democratizing reality in the context of fiction and reality of the contemporary life.  The set of lectures was started off by the ontological questions regarding the role of technology in our society. Is reality something that is being explored or is it being made by man in a corporation with the technology and nature? In February Fabuš opened the topic of mediatization - the multiplication and extension of media and its function in the nowadays world - keeping in mind the parallels between media then and now. In March the Technology and thinking series examined the thinking itself and examined the tendencies of considering the usual and customary things the most important in the context of new media. 
The series Technology and thinking will continue in April with the lecture about The birth of the computer from the spirit of mathematics, where Fabuš will analyze the significance of computers both as the technological inventions and as the aspect that changed the human ways of thinking forever.  If the computer is born out of the crisis of reason of the 20th century, where the thinking can’t be combined with the thought itself, we are made to accept the fact that thinking is no longer going to be only a human issue or possibility. 
Palo Fabuš will be presenting the topics of the series Technology and thinking that literally touch us all even when our computers and smartphones are turned off and locked up in a safe with a lost key. In his compelling lectures you are invited to discover how our world is set up in the context of new media, media, online reality, digital information sharing a digitizing the everyday and the zeroes and ones that we touch every day. 
The A4 has been bringing the lectures about the philosophy of the media as a part of the program Technology and thinking since the January 2018. The presenter and the brains behind it is Palo Fabuš, the editor-in-chief of the magazine Umělec (The Artists), who deals with sociology and new media and the various ways they connect in his work of many fields and interests.
 
The lectures of Technology and thinking program by Palo Fabuš are one of those critical platforms that in depth analyze the things and issues we touch mindlessly every day. The A4 is not only bringing culture and art program dramaturgy to its visitors but also introduces educational formats that challenge and examine the current social and political situation and its issues. The visitors had a chance to have a close-up look on the complex and many times contradictory and fascinating phenomena of the age of now and the gadgets, developments and problems they bring. We come in contact with them so often without realizing how deeply they influence and form our life - even when offline. 
Palo Fabus’s field of expertise is the intertwining relation between informatics, sociology and media theory and the effect they all have on our lives and the world we live in. He studied informatics and media theory in Brno and sociology in Prague, regularly lectured at the MSS MU in Brno, worked as a writer for Literární noviny. He completed an internship at the Ruhr Universität in Bochume where he studied the contemporary media theory and later continued to co-organize the festival of new media culture in Brno called ZOOM. Since 2009 he’s been working for the magazine Umělec and became its editor-in-chief in 2011. His work was published in magazines like Flash Art, A2, Vlna, Furtherfield and others. He lives and works in Nová Perla (Vrané nad Vltavou, Czech Republic). 
In January our visitors already had a chance to think over the issues of democratizing reality in the context of fiction and reality of the contemporary life.  The set of lectures was started off by the ontological questions regarding the role of technology in our society. Is reality something that is being explored or is it being made by man in a corporation with the technology and nature? In February Fabuš opened the topic of mediatization - the multiplication and extension of media and its function in the nowadays world - keeping in mind the parallels between media then and now. In March the Technology and thinking series examined the thinking itself and examined the tendencies of considering the usual and customary things the most important in the context of new media. 
The series Technology and thinking will continue in April with the lecture about The birth of the computer from the spirit of mathematics, where Fabuš will analyze the significance of computers both as the technological inventions and as the aspect that changed the human ways of thinking forever.  If the computer is born out of the crisis of reason of the 20th century, where the thinking can’t be combined with the thought itself, we are made to accept the fact that thinking is no longer going to be only a human issue or possibility. 
Palo Fabuš will be presenting the topics of the series Technology and thinking that literally touch us all even when our computers and smartphones are turned off and locked up in a safe with a lost key. In his compelling lectures you are invited to discover how our world is set up in the context of new media, media, online reality, digital information sharing a digitizing the everyday and the zeroes and ones that we touch every day. The A4 has been bringing the lectures about the philosophy of the media as a part of the program Technology and thinking since the January 2018. The presenter and the brains behind it is Palo Fabuš, the editor-in-chief of the magazine Umělec (The Artists), who deals with sociology and new media and the various ways they connect in his work of many fields and interests.
The lectures of Technology and thinking by Palo Fabuš are one of those critical platforms that in-depth analyze the things and issues we touch mindlessly every day. The A4 is not only bringing culture and art program dramaturgy to the visitors but also introduces educational formats that challenge and examine the current social and political situation.

EVS OPEN CALL!!! Four volunteers wanted!

Four volunteers for our media team wanted!
 
We are looking for four volunteers for an EVS-project for 12 months: Sept. 2018 - Aug.
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