September´s polish jazz in A4


The A4 has good relationships with our Polish neighbors and that´s also one of the reasons why we can all enjoy yet another international evening in the upcoming fall program. The 21st of September we will bring you a jazz event full of the freshest musicians on the scene!

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To Amsterdam, to Paradiso

 
In Amsterdam there are Re-Imagine Europe places and cultural knots that we can only recommend you to visit as you travel around Europe this summer. Let’s start at the famous concert hall at Weteringschangs.
 
REI is a networking project that allows different spaces for contemporary culture (for example our A4) to cooperate and communicate. It was started by an initiative of the Netherlands’s Paradiso based in Amsterdam, that is mainly known for it’s remarkable Main Hall - the historical concert venue that has been hosting concerts of various fame and audience sizes and genres for five decades. 

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Whatevs #6

 
Do you have a thing for camping under the starry sky? Or for an international friend groups and informal getting to know about gaining new work experiences? For example in a mine? 
 

SUMMER of A4


Dear A4rers! The season of 2017/2018 is over as we said goodbye at the farewell party with Pictureplane, Hallogenerator and exciting local A4 DJ’s on our summer terrace this Sunday. That party was supposed to set us all off to holiday ready for more music experiences and barbecues out in the open and we hope you’ve been there and enjoyed it too. 
 

Music lecture Futurit: #LosAngeles

Music lecture Futurit: #Los Angeles
LA is full of opposites. On one side of the street there’s the shiny Hollywood Boulevard while the other supports the lively and creative hip hop and rock music scene. Everything is a bit more relaxed here than in New York. 
 
Since the sixties the art and musical contra-culture and bands like Love (and also the Doors) and many big rock and metal bands of the eighties and nineties either came to life in the UK or right in LA. How many of them will you recognize during the Futurit event in A4? 
And of course, hip-hop. LA is ethnically a very colorful city and therefore is a fruitful base for the genre of hip-hop and rap - whether the mainstream type or the skewed alternatives of it. In the nineties G-funk was the core of the scene while later alternative hop-hop and labels such as Anticon and Stones Throw took over. They both don’t want to be buried in the genre boxes and look for the new sound. In their catalogues you can find post rock or psychedelic rock. 
The current boom of american hip-hop has a strong base in LA. Compton - the most hiphop town (after Prostejov, of course) is a short ride away. They not only have good rappers (Kendrick Lamar, Tyler the Creator or Anderson. Paak) but also beatmakers. The local beat scene around the label Brainfeeder made many go crazy ten years ago. Flying Lotus and his companions mixed hip-hop, ambient and free jazz. This weird and adventurous music had listeners all around the world hooked - also in Slovakia. Ask for them at the label Gergaz! - or don’t we had already. 
And one more phenomena might interest you is the Americans and their relationship towards electronic music and dance music - in their language EDM. From the best side of LA there’s the DJ Harvey whose music you will understand if you once experience “group sex on ecstasy”.
And if there’s time left we will talk about a few exceptional individuals that come from LA: Beck, Ariel Pink or the producer Greg Kurstin.  Music lecture Futurit: #Los Angeles
 
 
 
LA is a city of opposites. On one side of the street there’s the shiny Hollywood Boulevard while the other supports the lively and creative hip hop and rock music scene. Everything is a bit more relaxed here than in New York. 
 

Our end is our beginning!

 
The A4 has a special farewell-welcoming party prepared for the end of the season and start of the summer. The first of July at five pm the summer terrace will mark the beginning of the first and full summer day during which you’ll be able to enjoy not only barbecuing and kids’ program or volunteer run workshop on Gender Equality but also a rich music line up consisting of the American producer Pictureplane, Slovak project Hallogenerator and also of local DJs of the A4!
 

Gender Whatevs Barbecue

 
The A4 in Bratislava has been a part of the voluntary network program European Voluntary Service for a few years now. Each September there is a new group of enthusiastic young people coming to gain working experience in different areas. This year we welcomed four volunteers in A4 - Nora from Spain, Natálie from Czech Republic, Dora from Poland and Minke from the Netherlands. The EVS enabled them to peek into the backstage of cultural centre organization and music and theatre production and also gave them the opportunity to realize their own projects connected with the A4 - publishing the monthly A4 Zine or organizing the popular Whatevs events.
 

Hexstatic dance

Ecstatic dance events are differentiated by being a talk free space. 
 

JUNE IN A4

 
Dear visitors and friends, welcome to the last month of this season in A4! This school year ended in the blink of an eye, which in A4 applies also to those who no longer go to school. This month’s  program will set you off for summer in a great mood and make sure that you will be right back in September. Come to start the party on our terrace, our cinema or the concert hall or any other cool corner of the June - vibed A4. 

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Music lecture Futurit: #Berlin

Music lecture Futurit: #Berlin
Germans found their expression in electronic music after war. Electro seemed to be what corresponded with the thinking and mentality of that particular time and space the best. In the seventies it was Krautrock, nineties brought Techno to Berlin and was there to stay. In eighties Industrial was played alongside the naughty Neue Deutsche Welle and the Berlin of today produces music impossible to be separated into genre boxes. Today it seems like the whole world lives in Berlin and its inhabitants are more active and more woke than people from other places. And everything is political: even sex and the right to party. 

We start our peek into Berlin scene in the half of the seventies. Germany is a divided country that is still facing the aftermath of the war. The capital is cut through by the wall and controlled heavily. Both sides of the wall are ruled by disillusion and sense of destruction. These circumstances though are tempting for unconventional people to explore - for those who somehow can’t settle to become a part of the system - queer people, artists, or those who refuse to recruit. They are welcomed by destroyed leftovers of buildings, smokey Trabant car and socialist architecture on the East side and bars full of Berliners drinking their past away on the West side. 
Depression has its weird charm. In this chaos, where the traditions were destroyed, new yet unheard sounds are emerging. This is where experimental Krautrock came to life perhaps the most typical of the electronic music genres for Germans. That’s what Kraftwerk was playing on their first three albums. The atmosphere of the eighties Berlin is best to be heart through the industrial sound of the west part - Einstürzende Neubauten. In their music there’s nihilism, destruction and revolt and radicalization to be heard. 
The decay of the place and time and the local electronic music lured David Bowie into escaping his drug addiction to Berlin. He remade and recorded three of his albums here - they became to be known as the Berlin trilogy and are considered to be his most important creations - Low, Heroes and Lodger. There were more musicians to come to go through the Bowie Berlin experience. 
The occupation troops in the west brought louder British radio signal and so welcomed punk and new wave in Germany. It began to form a new genre in the German conditions called Neue Deutsche Welle - the music of the gray walls. After the fall of the Berlin Wall many of the NDW musicians became the leaders of the new movement that pasted both Berlin sides together again through occupying the destroyed buildings and forming a freshly united city culture. 
In these famous days people spontaneously celebrated the newly gained freedom and unity directly on the streets or in the abandoned buildings. The soundtrack of the time was techno. Techno came to life in american Detroit but found its home right in Berlin. They simple called the number they found on the record of Jeff Mills and invited him to play in Berlin. That’s how simply the link Detroit - Berlin happened and the advantages of this connection were often used by other cities in Europe -  like our Bratislava for example, too. 
In the past thirty years techno went through different waves, peaks and falls. In Berlin techno has a rich infrastructure built already amongst labels, clubs and ravers who live it. Techno is autonomous, puristic and taken seriously. Berlin Techno is almost something of a trademark that tempts many tourists to come here and party like in the nineties. 
Today Berlin is the home to various scenes, opinion movements and progressive labels such as PAN. Activism and civil society work well here and it’s fertile ground for many new unconventional projects and ideas - and it to this day produces lots of original and innovative music. Music lecture Futurit: #Berlin
Germans found their expression in electronic music after war. Electro seemed to be what corresponded with the thinking and mentality of that particular time and space the best. In the seventies it was Krautrock, nineties brought Techno to Berlin and was there to stay. In eighties Industrial was played alongside the naughty Neue Deutsche Welle and the Berlin of today produces music impossible to be separated into genre boxes. 

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