Project: Reworks Connekt

Danai Nielsen

Danai Nielsen is a solo dream-pop, synth-based composer and singer, who uses voice FX to create musical dialogues between a male and a female alter ego persona. Her live performances involve creating music in real-time, using samples, loops and organic sounds. Her sound is described as dream pop.

Since going solo in 2019, she has completed a tour across Europe, performed at festivals such as Taste the Music, Fifty Lab & Reeperbahn (Athens, Belgium, Hamburg) and released her debut album “Unbelievable” in United We Fly imprint while she continues to release a series of singles.

With her sweet and captivating presence on stage, wearing impressive costumes, Danai Nielsen is mesmerizing the audience creating her own atmospheric eerie soundscape.

On reworks connekt she will present a special live set from BIOS Rooftop in Athens within the frame of We Are Europe.

Nina Kraviz

The Siberian-born, Moscow-based superstar has established herself as a pivotal figure for music that exists on the boundaries of techno, overcoming prejudices and clichés. A taste maker who is well known for her musically uncompromising energetic DJ performances, where she plays music most others wouldn’t dare and for her sincere connection to the audience.

Nina Kraviz has been a fixture of the underground house scene ever since her debut ‘Voices EP’ on Underground Quality label in 2009. She is an RBMA alumni (school of 2006) where she met Rekids co-founder and Radio Slave producer Matt Edwards. The meeting proved to be quite fortuitous since Rekids has just put out her first full length album. Boom! “Ghetto Kraviz” would prove to be an enduring club track, and was remixed numerous times throughout the decade. 

Following additional singles on Rekids and Rosa, as well as the Mr. Jones EP in 2013, Kraviz founded the Trip label in 2014. Her installment of !K7’s DJ-Kicks series was released in early 2015. Another mix CD, Fabric 91, followed in late 2016.

Her passion for techno music in all its shapes, shades and sizes has only grown throughout her astronomical rise. Undoubtedly, one of the leading characters in electronic music makes her fourth appearance at reworks, this time for our brand new online project, reworks connekt.

 

Saber Rider

Saber Rider is a somewhat ambient, somewhat pop one-woman project that focuses on sampling techniques and their semi improvisational arrangements that eventually merge into an amalgamation of memory-like collages.

Tracks from Heaps have been commissioned for the BBC 3 TV Show “School Of Zen Motoring” (Vivian for 2022 upcoming show), West Den Haag museum (Heaps, 2020 campaign), London Travelwatch (4AM, 2022 Campaign), and the award-winning Pathologies of Everyday Life short film (Merry Go, 2019) supported by Onassis Foundation. Her debut album “Heaps” is out 17/12 by Just Gazing Records.

Aliki Leftherioti is an Athens – based composer, producer, performer, DJ & educator currently focusing on plunderphonics and analog synthesis, collaborating with film, mixed media and dance artists. In her free time, she is a ballet piano accompanist, a radio show host (Movement radio, Fade radio), a sound designer, a TV music supervisor, a post production engineer and other things. She studied composition and piano in Athens and London, as well as Brazilian percussion and music for film, having also served as the manager of UK Jazz Label F-IRE Collective in previous years. She is currently composing for Ζesty Dance Group (Ministry of the Arts 2020 Grant) and was a resident artist with Ergo Collective (April 2021). In Spring 2022, she will be a resident performer at Workspacebrussels in Belgium with dance artist Danae Vorvila.

As a composer and sound designer, she has had her work showcased at Athens International Film Festival, Drama Film Festival, SNFCC, Greek Film Archive, National Greek Television, International New York Film Festival, Athens Video Dance Project, London Graduate Fashion Week, Resonance FM, City University London and Goldsmiths University of London among others.

As a live artist, she has performed with collective and personal projects at various venues including Lovebox Festival, Café Oto, Brixton Academy, Brecon Jazz Festival, Olympic Park, London Pride, Goldsmiths University of London, Romantso, Bageion Theatre and many more.

 

Grey Skies

Greek musician Elias Smilios presents his first release as Grey Skies – a project that sets out to create wonderfully bent landscapes of mysterious worlds.

YEAR is a fully realised concept throughout its presentation from the music to artwork and video pieces that accompany its release. Inspired by misty scenes of nature, YEAR creates a transcendental atmosphere that echoes Smilios’ escapist tendencies.

His musicianship has developed from his involvement in the local indie scene of Thessaloniki in Greece.

As Grey Skies the artist transitions into a more blurred and beautiful world of organic ambient, blending electronic and analogue synthesis with his playing of guitar and bass alongside the alto saxophone talent of Thanasis Sampaziotis Macubert. The sax is used with a centering fluidity amongst intricately layered elements lifting intensity along with skittering IDM inspired beat patterns throughout YEAR.

 

 

LOU

From Athens to Corfu, from Corfu to Helsinki, Lou, one of the four graduates in jazz singing, department of ionian university – music and Sibelius academy was eventually won over by the dark wavy moods  and happy undertones of electronic music. 

Her work has come a long way from the debut album “LOU” , that describes her way to adult life while struggling to retain the excitement and spark that describe her, to her current work, a more underground approach to  true love, fake love, and small ‘’revolutions’’.

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Christian Löffler

German DJ, producer and artist Christian Löffler has been a driving and influential force in the experimental techno and electronic scene since his first appearance around 2008. 

Emotion and harmony are key words to understand Christian Löffler’s work; they somehow help us perceive his characteristic autobiographical and melancholic approach to techno.

Löffler started to play music at the age of 14. Living in a secluded region and lacking a musical surrounding, he had to teach himself the essentials of making electronic music. For a long time he developed his own deep and moving sound, colored with a melancholic undertone – music for the soul and for the body. He recalls a variety of music styles he listened to as a child and as a teenager that were highly influential to his own development as a musician.

In 2019, he released his new album, Graal (Prologue), a gorgeous slice of electronic, ambient and techno which finds him in new place writing music and it feels fresh and new. The release follows two well-received LPs, Mare and A Forest, both on Ki-Records. It also serves as a prelude to a second companion album to be released before the end of the year.

In 2021 he released his exceptional album ‘Parallels: Shellac Reworks’ via Deutsche Grammophon. The German conceptual artist and composer reworked tracks by some of the greatest composers who ever lived, including J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. He steped away from well-trodden paths to create his own interpretations of classical greats, opening up a welcome dialogue between past and present.

His unique live dj set is now available for stream in 4K resolution.

 

 

 

KMRU

Joseph Kamaru, aka KMRU, is a sound artist and experimental ambient musician, raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and currently based in Berlin where he is a student at Universität der Künste Berlin for sound Studies and Sonic Arts Master’s Program.

His works deal with discourses of field recording, improvisation, noise, ambient, machine learning, radio art and expansive hypnotic drones. He has earned international acclaim from his in far-flung locales as well as his ambient recordings, including the 2020 album Peel released on Editions Mego. He has presented his works in Nyegenyege Festival, Mutek Montreal, unsound, GAMMA, CTM and many more.

 

Merrin Karras

Merrin Karras is the ambient pseudonym of Irish electronic musician Brendan Gregoriy, perhaps more widely known for producing techno and house under the name Chymera. His work as Merrin Karras is warm and melodic, with Berlin-school pulsations and hints of suspense.

The alias first surfaced in 2014 on John Beltran’s Music for Machines compilation released by Delsin. Since 2016 he has found a home on L.A. label A Strangely Isolated Place, where he has released three albums of epic, synth-heavy electronics

Producing electronic music since 2002, Brendan Gregoriy’s music has been released in esteemed labels such as Ovum, Cocoon, Delsin, NRK and Dirt Crew. His melodic, synth-laden style, with his live hardware/Ableton performances under the Chymera alias, has occupied infamous venues such as Panorama Bar, Womb, Output, Rex Club and more over the last few years.

After featuring on John Beltran’s 2015 compilation, Music for Machines (Delsin), 2016 sees Chymera turn to new inspiration to further unveil his ambient guise, Merrin Karras. Born in the cold winters of Berlin, the sound of Merrin Karras lends itself to Brendan’s experience performing and producing techno music, and the inspirational sounds of Klaus Schulze, Biosphere and Steve Moore. Merrin Karras’ impeccable production skills juxtapose addictive melodies, pensive atmospheres and euphoric beat-less chords; focusing on the warm, powerful and appreciated sound of the synthesizer.

Co-curated with Sonar Festival as part of We Are Europe.

Kuniyuki

Kuniyuki is no doubt one of Japan’s best kept secrets.

International DJ’s such as Joe Claussell, Henrik Schwarz, Dego, DJ Cosmo, Jimpster to name but a few, have been falling over themselves when they heard his produced tracks. Now, some of them have been releasing his works through their own labels.

He has also been working closely with the soundofspeed crew over the past few years and releasing hisworks on their own label and performing live with them in their famed parties which are held regularly in Tokyo and sometimes in parties such as the Big Chill and in excursions to Austria and Europe. Check out the ever-consistent and surprisingly prolific producer out of Sapporo, Kuniyuki at reworks connekt.

 

Synkro

A truly staple artist in the timeline of UK Bass.

Manchester’s Joe McBride pens elaborate, emotive & intellectual soundscapes, drawing in influences across a spectrum of bass culture and electronica.

Having released with Exit Records, Brownswood, Styrax, Auxiliary & Med School, as well as remixes for Model 500, Snow Patrol, Lowb & a plethora more, Synkro has most recently found a home at R&S sister label ‘Apollo’.

Major support for Synkro’s music has come from names like Chris Coco, Giles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs, Prefuse 73 and dBridge.

 

Kjetil Mulelid

After extensively touring the world and releasing several critically acclaimed albums with his own trio, Wako ect, Kjetil is now relevant with his solo project.

His music is a series of beautiful and harmonious originals, which are carefully crafted intuitively through his spontaneous playing style rich in improvisation. With a desire to tell a story in each musical stanza, he treats each song like a blank canvas and paints with his melodies and a natural rhythmic flow in the playful game.

He has previously had two trio releases on Rune Grammofon, where his debut album “Not Nearly Enough to Buy a House” was released in late 2017, and the sequel came two years later. Mulelid’s music has been highly praised in magazines such as “The Wire”, “Jazzwise”, “International Piano Magazine”, and “The New York City Jazz Record”, and his trio was described by Jez Nelson on British radio Jazz FM as ” Best of the year “in 2017.

Mulelid has played concerts and frequently touring in Japan, the USA, and most of Europe, and he has played and worked/collaborated with many great musicians such as Arve Henriksen, Jason Moran, Barry Guy, Trygve Seim, Mats Eilertsen, Audun Kleive, Kirsti Huke, Ola Kvernberg, Eirik Hegdal, Sissel Vera Pettersen, Rob Waring, and Petter Vågan. Since 2015 he has been working as a freelance musician and a music educator.

He has also studied pedagogy studies and worked at highly respected music education schools. Former employers include NTNU Jazzlinja, Sund fhs., Trøndertun fhs., Trondheim Cathedral School and at Ole Vig High School.

 

Symmetric

A mix of atmosphere and feelings through electronic rhythms and sounds, are the main characteristics that form Symmetric’s music style and identity, in any of his creation and performance.

George Papadopoulos, aka Symmetric is a musician in the electronic and techno scene. He was raised in Heraklion,Crete when in 2008 he moved to Rome to study. That’s where he first started getting professionally involved as a DJ with electronic music. In the last years his basis is Thessaloniki, where he has performed in clubs like Tokyo, where he’s created his own residency,Club Division, Block 33, and Club Decadence & Aigli Geni Hamam.

He has joined many great names in the electronic music industry, such as Tale Of Us , Ben Klock , Sven Vath, Maceo Plex , Adriatique , Mind Against , Etapp Kyle , Fiddles , Aether , Antigone , Keith Carnal , Mathame , ARTBAT , Sam Paganini , Recondite , Dixon , Paul Kalkbrenner , etc. In September 2017 & 2019 he performed at Reworks Festival, one of the biggest electronic music festivals in Europe,alongside great artists.

In most recent years his tracks are being played by big artists in electronic music industry, and in events as well, such as DGTL festival , Awakenings , Afterlife shows , Social Music City etc. That introduced him to multiple European countries,where he performed. After the firsts releases on Berlin label Steyoyoke & Dutch Label , Dynamic Reflection , other releases followed on Lanthan Audio , Infinite Depth & Affute.

Hypnotic rhythms and cerebral melodies compose a multitude of feelings & deep atmosphere. These elements characterise the sound of Symmetric.

 

 

Henrik Weber aka Pantha du Prince

Hendrik Weber aka Pantha du Prince, is one the most critically acclaimed intellectual artists in contemporary music and arts.

With his latest release Hendrik Weber opens a new chapter in his musical career and releases the first time under his real name. His live performance, recorded exclusively for reworks connekt, showcases this different chapter in his career.

“429 Hz Formen von Stille” renders a peaceful intimacy with shimmering echoes of acoustic sound objects. While Listening to it, Weber takes us on a journey into the inner landscapes of tranquillity and peace, that we can rarely experience in real life for the last months. With the 429 Hz pure intonation tuning of his Plate Bell set, Weber reconnects us with a deeper basic frequency than our normal western classical music pitches for the well tempered piano which has an agitative effect on our Mind and spirit. The relations within the Singing Bells 429 Hz tuning system is closer to cell communication and all natural and cosmic relations. It is deeply relaxing and we get carried away into a sublime poetic sound poem. Poetic as well as healing.

Hendrik Weber has recorded under numerous monikers over the years, including Glühen 4 and Panthel, yet Pantha du Prince became his most well known and celebrated. Weber aligned with Dial — a Hamburg-based experimental techno label helmed by Carsten Jost, Turner, and Lawrence — to release his Pantha du Prince material, which is characterized by its downcast and dark tone, as well as by its minimal and experimental tendencies.

 

 

Lazaros

Lazaros has been a constant in the electronic music scene for almost two decades or as he states ‘I am music and I have been around for almost my whole life.‘

Over the years Lazaros has not only built up a reputation for himself as a DJ, but at the same time has created and defined his own unique sound as a producer.

The soundshaping process has led the Cologne resident to a different approach in his productions over the years not saying that he perceives music completely different now than in the beginning or as he puts it: ‘I don‘t think about a specific club, when I produce a track. I just want it to sound right in its whole.‘ But a change in terms of sound was inevitable for him yet natural as it was part of his personal development. In 2015 Lazaros came up with releases and remixes reflecting his musical approach on Kompakt‘s label KX or Moodmusic leaving footprints in the scene.

Last year saw the artist dropping tracks and EPs on Frankey & Sandrino‘s label Sum Over Histories, KX and his highly anticipated ‘GE EP‘ on Nautilus Rising, that put him under the radar of renowned DJs. His ‘Visitors EP‘ including the track ‘Under The Sun‘ – marked Lazaros‘ start into 2017 and the return to long term friend Sandrino and his Sum Over Histories label. With a release catalogue as strong as Lazaros‘ there is definitely a whole lot more to expect in the future.

 

MinimalicQuantum

The visual mastermind behind NON’s and Reworks live shows experience

Latest activity of  the visual label MinimalicQuantum is the creation and developing of the 1st international projection mapping festival in Greece – Cosmolights. Furthermore we can find their works in different events and festivals.

Nikolas Drizis, George Tsivoulas and Timothy Papadopoulos are the people behind the label.

Nikolas Drizis is behind the story of the label. He is the founder of the label, art director, VFX artist and projection mapping specialist.

George Tsivoulas and Timothy Papadopoulos have joined in 2016 and since then are two of the main artists of MinimalicQuantum. They are the artists behind the VJ shows, sound engineers and projection mapping technicians and specialists.

As a visual label, the aesthetic inspired by both modern and quantum physics, their work aims to close the gap between sound and vision, where all elements co-exist as equal representations of each other.

The latest projects of the label are visuals set for REWORKS CONNECT, COSMOLIGHTS projection mapping and developing 360 VR applications approaching the future of live music events and conferences.

Stef Mendesidis

Stef Mendesidis is shaking dancefloors of the most significant techno clubs, and his gigs are always a blast.

His shows are a pure reflection of straight-forward outbreaks and never-ending dynamics that provide a gen- uine one-of-a-kind experience to passionate ravers. Known by his long-lasting closing sets, Stef can play up to 10 hours in a row and still preserve the maximum interest of a listener. His highly energetic sets are able to immediately make the dancefloor look like it’s midnight prime time.

Born in USSR and being Greek raised, Stef Mendesidis spent his youth in Thessaloniki where he got fasci- nated by the early-days techno sound at local raves. This determined his future path.

In his early 20s Stef moved to Moscow where in 2012 started playing in clubs. In 2013 he became a resident of the legendary Monasterio club which has just opened its doors to true techno fans in Moscow.

Sharing the scene with the most notable techno artists, he mastered his techniques and eventually devel- oped his own recognizable sound. Nerd in grain, Stef sharpened his self-education by diving deep into the analogue essence of sound. Playing on 4 decks and using miscellaneous drum loops of his own production, Stef creates techno on the go, always leaving space for contextual improvisation.

In sound production Stef Mendesidis uses a technique of one-take recording, staying loyal to the principle of live techno creation. He possesses a true synesthetic approach transforming his inner feelings, images and ideas into sound patterns. His music is released on such influential labels as Klockworks and Projekts.

During the summer of 2021, Stef recorded an exclusive set for reworks connekt, showcasing his skills and unique taste on the dancefloor.

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