By on March 13, 2013


Since 2007 Denovali curates and organizes a three days music festival called Denovali Swingfest. The first editions took place in Essen, Germany – since 2013 Denovali presents similar festivals in London and Berlin. Focussed on experimental music the lineup offers a wonderful opportunity to discover a wide range of international denovali artists live and is rounded off by various renowned non-label guest artists. A hallmark of the festival is the renunciation of the headliner principle: all artists are receiving the same attention – the length of each artist’s concert is equal. In addition to the musical program the festival features yearly changing specials like an experimental film cinema, installations or lectures.



The 2013 London edition of the festival will feature 10 artists. Their sets as always will be as long as a real club concert.


Saturday April 20 – Scala London 

– Andy Stott (UK)
– Bersarin Quartett (GER)
– Maybeshewill (UK)
– Fennesz (A)
– Omega Massif (GER)
– Petrels (UK)
– The Pirate Ship Quintet (UK) 

Sunday April 21 – Scala London

– William Basinski (USA)
– Poppy Ackroyd (UK)
– Thomas Köner (GER)
– Greg Haines (UK)
– James Blackshaw (UK)
– Carlos Cipa (GER)
– Talvihorros (UK)



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Andy Stott (UK)

::: „Stott found an unusual musicality in deep, foreboding bass. His music throbbed with the sooty remnants of industry and had obvious appeal for those interested in dark ambiance of any stripe“ (pitchfork)

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Bersarin Quartett (GER)

::: references to Stars Of The Lid, Ulver’s Perdition City and Cinematic Orchestra are fully justified

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Maybeshewill (UK)

::: „instrumental, atmospheric, noisy brilliance that gets right inside the battered crevices of your skull and pounds on the sides“ (nme)

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Fennesz (A)

::: „flood of symphonic guitar and electronics overwhelms the mix and we’re reintroduced to the signature sound world that’s unique to this man’s music – he’s one of the most imitated electronic artists out there“ (boomkat)

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Omega Massif (GER)

::: instrumental mountainmetal



Petrels (UK)

::: It is a swirling cataract of a record, a deluge o beautiful noise and crushing melody, which ebbs and flows beneath the surface“


The Pirate Ship Quintet (UK)

::: moving through the richly melodic foundations of contemporary classical and minimalist rock




William Basinski (USA)

::: „William Basinski is a classically trained musician and composer who has been working in experimental media for over 25 years in NYC. His haunting and melancholy soundscapes explore the temporal nature of life, resounding with the reverberations of memory and the mystery of time.“

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Poppy Ackroyd (UK)

::: delicate, intricate and beautifully atmospheric music, a result of manipulating and multi-tracking sounds from violin and piano

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Thomas Köner (GER)

::: Over his long, much celebrated career, he has worked on several distinguished installation works, sound art and minimal soundscapes. At the Swingfest he will present a mixture of sounds and video performance.

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Greg Haines (UK)

::: berlin based english composer

::: “This is music to fall into and let it embrace your heart and soul. Be warmed and sadden by its slow unfolding beauty and grace.“



James Blackshaw (UK)

::: „phenomenally gifted musician and that his restless ambition drives him to continually redefine his sound“ (pitchfork)



Carlos Cipa (GER)

::: Influenced by Eric Satie and Claude Debussy his piano music impresses particularly because of its intensity and great attention to detail



Talvihorros (UK)

::: Talvihorros is London based composer Ben Chatwin’s study of guitar and electronics  home-made and vintage electronic equipment are used to loop, process and manipulate improvised material into dense and dark sound collages.



Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.