CTM turns 20 in 2019, and continues its efforts to facilitate exchange and networking between different communities. This year’s theme of Persistence attempts to consider what is worth being persistent about, and how. Can music and art provide us with methods to move towards new societal horizons? Can we maintain a productive, idealistic kind of perseverance? With this spirit in mind, CTM welcomes two artists that fervently challenge and redraw the boundaries of musical and performative intensity on this special bill.

US noise rock band Lightning Bolt have churned out roaring recordings and delivered maniacal performances for two decades now. Known for confrontational performances, Lightning Bolt revolutionized underground rock in immeasurable ways. Throughout their rising fame, they’ve consistently maintained their own indie and unpretentious path, focusing on concerts that bring together artist and audience through sonic pandemonium.

Best known for his powerful vocals as part of duo Senyawa, Rully Shabara will appear with his new project, #Setabuhan. Comprised solely of percussion (drummers Ramberto Agozalie and Caesarking), and Shabara’s voice, the project is a modern reinvention of tribal trance. They take inspiration from the monotonous, interlocking beats of the ancient Central Sulawesian animistic ritual, Balia. The ritual focuses on healing people possessed by evil spirits, exorcising and appeasing the spirit through repetition, dance, and movement. Their performances are accompanied by displays of martial arts – the project does not promote violence, but rather proposes cathartic ways of managing aggression via the release of raw energy.

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