keiten Westwerks sind barrierefrei
Westwerk wird freundlich unter-
stützt von der Behörde für
Kultur und Medien Hamburg.
Faani Sheikholeslami Percussion
Carl-John Hoffmann Bass
Yael Lavie Qanun
Omri Shmulewitz Keyboards
Sasha Lee Sound Sources and Bass
Deep on a mind trip aboard the ISS Kingston, we are floating upon the low-gravity armchairs of its »Disco 3000« cocktail lounge. Brain-dance soundwaves are being distributed by
means of the Akuphone, transmitting the psychedelic music of Spiritczualic Enhancement Center. »Me and My Students Have Reached Higher Levels« presents itself as an obscure and ever-morphing spectral-jazz album. Produced by eight outernational musicians, once originating from Iran, Israel, America, Russia, Romania and Germany, this record carries a distinct centrifugal force. Suspending musical particles out of a brewish stew full of drones, bleeps and feedbacks, we hear a retrofuturistic sound which could have been Big Fun back in 1974. It makes us envision the electric dreams of an artificial intelligence modeled after Lee »Scratch« Perry. Given the task to create a dubby fusion requiem for Bela Lugosi’s Death, it seems Perry’s AI has been applied to a jukebox full of CAN’s and Sun Ra’s 7-inches.
Spiritczualic (»cz« borrowed from the Polish/tʂ/hard »tch«),
a word-melange of »ritczualic« and spiritual, reflects upon the ancient practice of musical ritualism. As an idea, it greatly predates the physical occurrence of the Enhancement Center – during Christmas 2017, when an Ottoman building below the
Gates of Jerusalem made itself available for a remarkable meeting. The trespassing people who happened to be there –
admittedly bizarre participants synchronized by state-
of-mind rather than tune or scale – began exploring sonic sessions of do-it-yourself mysticism. Witnesses of its ritualistic gatherings have indeed reported moments of divination and possibly sorcery. This raises the question, will the audience once again behold the allurement of Higher Sources – or testify to trickery.