The Wire called his 2014 sophomore solo effort, Salute the Parrot, Following album reviews stating ”remarkable music-dense, driven and splashed with colour." (The Wire magazine) and an “edgy triumph” (The Guardian), Maurice Louca, one of Egypt’s most prolific and adventurous musical figures, is set to release a new album via Sub Rosa. Titled Elephantine, the vinyl LP release, sees Louca guide a 12-piece ensemble through a 38-minute masterwork that unite elements of free improvisation, Sun Ra's cosmic jazz, gorgeous Arabic melody, trancelike African and Yemeni music and minimalism.
DISK Welcomes Bbymutha
Counting tracks produced by artists such as Suicideyear, LSDXOXO, and London’s God Colony, Tennessee rapper Bbymutha's sound is as genre-defying as it is woman-positive. Defying her religious upbringing, in the Bbymutha universe (a.k.a., The Mutha Land), women are allowed to be (if not downright celebrated for being) sexual, vulgar, ambitious, and savvy. She's also turned a lifestyle society might deem unwise if not downright impossible — being a self-professed stay-at-home-mom-of 4 kids who earns her living as an artist — into a veritable goal. By her very existence, Bbymutha is a champion of the people without ever having to say so. Her debut album Muthaland will be released April 2019.
Sote Launches New Opal Tapes Sub-Label Focused on Iranian Artists
Zabte Sote is a new Opal Tapes sublabel dedicated to releases by Iranian experimental electronic musicians. Run by one of the scene's foremost musicians, Ata Ebtekar aka Sote, the label's inaugural release comes as a compilation of 40 Iranian artists, and is available in both digital and physical (4 cassette tape box set) formats.
DISK Welcomes Prison Religion
Since linking up with Texas-based experimental label Halcyon Veil, Prison Religion have connected a global crews of likeminded collaborators for a remix album including Rabit, Endgame, Swan Meat, Lee Gamble and Bonaventure. Also holding close ties to Richmond-based NON Worldwide, P_R are also ushering in a new wave of vocal-based club performance. Now booking for 2018 and beyond.
MANUFACTORY by Transforma & Sascha Ring
Directed by Transforma with a score by Sascha Ring (Apparat), Manufactory combines live video, physical theatre, and music to reflects the rhythms and materiality of labour and repetitive action. In their signature style, Transforma film and project this process live, condensing single scenes into stylised vingettes. Ring’s original score, takes the form of a series of phasing loops that both respond to and trigger the performers’ actions.
This unique live installation will premiere in September 2018. Now booking for festivals and special events.
DISK Welcomes Endgame
London-based producer and DJ, Bala Club co-founder, Hyperdub signee, and NTS mainstay, Endgame has been pioneering a slowed and fractured sound that combines corrosive melodies with percussive artillery. Distorted fragments of grime, dancehall, tarraxo, metal and drill, are contorted into a sound that is unmistakable his own. We’re happy to welcome Endgame as part of our roster!
Consulting & Opperative Support
DISK has a proven track record in the organization of art, music, and media events, from concept design, planning, and finance, to operations, production, and communications and PR. We draw on extensive local and international networks as well as solid contacts in the cultural policy sector to promote groundbreaking art and music in combination with pioneering interdisciplinary discourse on their social and cultural impact. We would gladly deploy these diverse skills to realise projects on behalf of, or in close cooperation with likeminded partners.
From concerts and showcases, passing through conferences and publications, exhibitions and installations, site-specific art interventions, and multilateral co-operations, DISK holds over fifteen years of experience in developing projects that combine sound and a myriad of art forms and related fields. We actively seek to develop new projects and collaborations through commissioned work, unusual artistic pairings, new event formats, and any other artistic vision that relates to adventurous art.
Representing individual artists as well as several of our own projects, we aim to promote adventurous music and multidisciplinary arts with forward-thinking institutions and partners around the world.
Promotion & PR
Communications and Public Relations for events and new releases, tailored to local national or international media representatives and audiences.
DISK Agency is active year-round in concert programming, producing the Polymorphism and Focus Mode series at Berghain, and curating concerts at various other local and international venues/partners.
Our current projects, and a selection of past projects, realized for clients or in collaboration with partners within the framework of the CTM Festival or DISK – Initiative Bild & Ton platforms.
DISK Agency puts into service a range of skills developed from organizing Berlin’s annual CTM Festival for Adventurous Music & Art as well as through the projects and operations of the festival’s host organisation DISK Berlin. Since its inception in 1999, CTM Festival has become one of the world’s most prominent platforms for contemporary electronic and experimental music and digital culture.
With over 18 years of experience and an extensive network of partners, DISK Agency aims to further encourage the production and diffusion of experimental sound art, innovative music, and visual arts. A central axis in the independent arts scene in Berlin and internationally, DISK is also committed to sustaining its longstanding relationship with likeminded festivals, venues, concert agencies, and cultural bodies, and to nurturing likeminded local and international non-profit initiatives.
We are interested in collaborating with forward-thinking artists, thinkers, festivals, venues, and cultural organisations from diverse sound-related fields, as well as likeminded private ventures. Contact us for more information.