Spectaculare 2018 presents truly alternative music

The fifth year of the music and performance festival starts Feb. 6

The fifth year of the Spectaculare festival will start on Feb. 6 and run to April 23 in various venues across Prague. The festival has music and multimedia performances.

The first festival week will offer three concerts. The opening concert in the Spanish Synagogue is by American-born multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick. He came to public awareness for his work with German post-rock band Efterklang.

His current solo album All Together Again, released in November 2017, shows influences ranging from Mozart, Debussy and Ravel to Steve Reich and bands like The National and Mogwai. His concert will be preceded by a performance by German producer Carlo Cipa.

Stuart Howard, known by the stage name Lapalux, will be at Palác Akropolis on Feb. 7. He uses synths and drum patterns to score films and performance art pieces. His third album, Ruinism, veers off into an abstract realm between a classical and post-electro.

The opening act will again be Carlos Cipa, this time with Occupanther. The German duo will present their collaborative album Trow, which they call a symbiosis of electronic and acoustic moods.

British techno and electronic music producer Max Cooper is at Roxy on Feb. 8 with his audiovisual show called Mesh. His work acknowledges the sound of Jon Hopkins, the nostalgia of Olafur Arnalds, the grim poetry of Sigur Rós and ambient passages of Aphex Twin. Cooper has two albums, Human (2014) and Emergence (2016) as well as a number of EPs and remixes. In 2012, Resident Advisor ranked his DJ performances among the top 20 electronic concerts of the year, DJ IM Cyber, domestic project Sonority and DJ Floex with also perform.

Other performers of this year's Spectaculare include California musician Baths; LA producer Nosaj Thing; Swiss pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch; Canadian composer, digital artist and performer Myriam Bleau; Italian duo Grandbrothers; and German musician and artist Christian Löffler.

The festival will last until April 23, when it ends with pianist Nils Frahm at Lucern’s Velký sál.

Frahm is a composer, producer, and performer from Berlin. He takes an unconventional approach to the piano. His big breakthrough came in 2011 with the album Felt, produced by Erased Tapes Records. Nils will start 2018 with his first live performances since 2015 and will embark on the beginning of a worldwide tour called All Melody.

The festival's accompanying program will include an exhibition, film screenings with Max Richter's music and a theater performance by dancer Andrea Miltner.

For more information visit spectaculare.eu/en or www.facebook.com/festivalspectaculare

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