Musik/Konzert

Sound in the Garden: Lyra Pramuk, Yu Lin Humm & Koaxula

Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin presents a concert by Lyra Pramuk, Yu Lin Humm, and Koaxula to inaugurate the 2024 season of SOUND IN THE GARDEN.

This year's edition of Sound in the Garden will kick off with an immersive multi-artist concert on Thursday, July 11, 2024. The ephemeral and transformative sounds of each of these exceptional musicians will engage in a complex dialogue with the museum's sculpture garden, a hidden gem of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's iconic architecture.

Headlined by Berlin-based experimental vocalist Lyra Pramuk, the evening will begin with an expansive new hybrid set by the collective Koaxula and a solo cello performance by Yu Lin Humm. The event is co-curated by Natalia Escobar and Daniela Huerta in collaboration with Gregor Quack, Volkswagen Group Culture Fellow at Friends of the Nationalgalerie.

Artists:

Lyra Pramuk performs sounds built from liquified vocals and mystical electronics, driven by the desire to explore the healing potentials of music. She fuses classical vocalism, pop sensibilities, performance practices, and contemporary club culture, investigating the relation between technology and humanity and a post-human, non-binary understanding of life. 

For the evening at Neue Nationalgalerie, Pramuk will present a new live set accompanied by electric guitarist Jules Reidy, vocalist Eli Berman, and poet Nadia Marcus. Embracing the spirit of improvisation, the program integrates unreleased tracks with spoken poetry alongside original songs.

Composed and arranged entirely from the sound of her voice, “Fountain,” Lyra’s acclaimed debut on Bedroom Community, was hailed by The Quietus as “a potent religious text in praise of human vocality’s promise.”

Yu Lin Humm is a multifaceted composer, musician, and visual artist. Known for her collaborations with notable artists such as Damien Rice and Gaspar Claus, Humm has composed award-winning soundtracks for theater and film. Her current focus is creating immersive experiences that blend music, science, and visual arts to deepen our connection with the natural world. At Neue Nationalgalerie, she will perform parts of her debut solo cello album, Islas Resonantes, composed during her travels along the Orinoco River on the Colombian/Venezuelan border.

KOAXULA is a recently founded collective that aims to reinvent hybrid narratives through sound, performance, and installation. It is inspired by cosmovisions and mythological archetypes that bridge past, present, and future. At the Neue Nationalgalerie, it will present a new site-specific hybrid performance that blends electro-acoustic sounds, touching themes of intimacy, pleasure, and vulnerability, echoing the ideas at work in the current exhibition “Andy Warhol. Velvet Rage and Beauty.”

 

Drinks will be served in the sculpture garden, courtesy of BRLO Craft Brewery, Mies-liwska Bar, and Paul Knittel. 

The garden opens at 6pm with the performance by Koaxula, continues with a cello performance by Yu Lin Humm, and closes with Lyra Pramuk’s set at 8:45pm. 

Venue: Neue Nationalgalerie, Sculpture GardenEntry: This concert is free of charge but space is highly limited. Please book a free ticket in advance. 

The exhibitions "Extreme Tension", "Gerhard Richter. 100 Works for Berlin" und “Andy Warhol. Velvet Rage and Beauty” can be viewed free of charge from 4 bis 8 p.m., thanks to Volkswagen Group Art4All.

Sound in the Garden is supported by PACE Gallery and Volkswagen Group: Partner der Nationalgalerie.

Sound in the Garden is made possible by FREUNDE DER NATIONALGALERIE e.V.

Sound in the Garden also received invaluable support from its partners BRLO and Ashley Systems. 

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