Phew. Artist Talk


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Tune in English
Free admission

Event overview

“When using my voice, I put emphasis on physical sensations...It feels good when I let my voice out when I'm breathing deeply. I don't know much about perfection or entertainment, but I trust my sense of pleasure for judging, as it is something that comes from my physical sensations.” — Phew

Phew is a legend and prolific figure in Japanese underground music who has been forging her own path for over four decades. She works with electronics and her voice, creating minimal, inquisitive music, layered with vocal expressions, sometimes wordless, feverish chants, or speak-singing. Her approach is instinctive, with a belief that ‘music is born from life, from the body first’, and her vocal experiments are bedded in warm shadows of acoustic sound and atmospheric synths. Through layering different rhythms and grooves, she draws listeners into multiple experiences of time. Inspired by the Sex Pistols in the late 1970s, Phew started the trailblazing avant-punk-psychedelic-rock band, Aunt Sally, and went on to collaborate as a solo artist with Ryuichi Sakamoto, who created a sound work for Dumb Type’s exhibition in 2022 at Haus der Kunst, as well as Conny Plank, Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit of Can, and Alex Hacke of Einstürzende Neubauten. More recently she has worked with Jim O’Rourke and Ikue Mori, who has also collaborated with Joan Jonas.

For TUNE, Phew will present a performance for synthesizers, samples, and voice on Friday. On Saturday she will perform her release from 2017, Voice Hardcore, where she twists, folds, and layers her voice over six mesmerising tracks.

On the opening night, Hamburg’s Golden Pudel resident, Nina, will play an opening DJ set. Nina’s music takes you into the furthest and most unsettling recesses of odd and atmospheric music. She creates collages of music concrète, field recordings, film scores, and spoken word, to be consumed with micro-dosed flights of imagination.

Admission to the artist talk is free of charge.