Curl – a label, community, and collective formed by Brother May, Coby Sey, and Mica Levi will celebrate the closing of CTM 2019 Festival in a special concert. Brother May is an MC and vocalist known for his warm, joyful style. NTS Radio regular Coby Sey released EP Transport for Lewisham via Whities in 2017. Mica Levi, also known as Micachu, is known for her work with The Shapes (now Good Sad Happy Bad), as well as for acclaimed film scores for Under the Skin (2013) and Jackie (2016).
Making her Berlin debut is R&B-influenced singer and frequent Levi collaborator Tirzah. Her heartfelt and intimate LP Devotion was released in August on Domino. “Frighteningly intimate, lived-in as an unmade bed, Devotion proffers 11 prayers to the thousand tiny betrayals and unpredictable rituals of modern love.” (The Guardian)
Completing the lineup is restless sonic provocateur Yves Tumor, known for unpredictable live shows and a dynamic discography. He is known for his 2016 LP on PAN, Serpent Music, and more recently for Safe in the Hands of Love, his debut record for Warp. Described as “primal, beautiful, and beseeching” (Pitchfork), the album presents a bizarre take on distorted pop.
The concert closes the 20th anniversary edition of CTM festival. Through a series of concerts, club nights, an exhibition, talks, and other formats presented from 25.1.–3.2.2019 at various Berlin venues, CTM 2019 invites both longtime and new artistic collaborators and partners to collectively consider the struggles that come with balancing continuity and changeability. In this spirit, this edition’s theme of Persistence examines the aesthetic and societal potentials and pains of perseverance, and of its opposite – the transient and the provisional. It’s not only a fitting allegory for our 20th birthday, but also describes an attempt to consider what is worth being persistent about, and how.
CTM Festival 2019 – Persistence takes place 25.1.–3.2.2019 in various Berlin venues. For the full CTM 2019 Festival programme check www.ctm-festival.de