Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Turntablism at the cathedral of Bern

Swiss radio DRS2 will broadcast my turntable solo set at the cathedral of Bern (Berner Münster) from 22nd October 2010 during 'zoom in' festival.

Wednesday 29th December 2010 - 22.30 CET:

Thanks to Christian Kobi, Fabio Oehrli


Sunday, December 26, 2010

TOP TEN 2010!

A busy year draws to a close!
I don't want to say goodbye to 2010 without listing my personal top ten live experiences. I've seen many shows throughout the year, but these here are definitely the ones I enjoyed most:

01 Daniel Menche - live at The Holocene Portland
02 Sixes - live at The Lab San Francisco
03 Parabelles (Ute & Doreen ) - live at Tentstation Berlin
04 Charles Moneypenny - live at Staalplaat Berlin
05 The Haters - live at Luna Playhouse Glendale
06 Lasse Marhaug - live at The Smell Los Angeles
07 The Residents - live at Huxley's Berlin
08 Merzbow & Balazs Pandi - live at Berghain Berlin
09 Leif Elggren - live at NK Berlin
10 Alexandre Babel - live at Sound Forest Festival Riga


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bye Bye Butterfly!

Bye bye butterfly, good morning red wine!
Had a great time in the beautiful town of Xanthi in the north of Greece during 'absurd' festival with Leif Elggren, Balinese Beast, Socrates Martinis, Kostis Kilymis, DJ Bwana, Thanasis Chondros and Alexandra Katsiani. Huge thanks to Nicolas 'The Burgermeister' Malevitsis and everybody else involved. Fantastic food, delicious wine, amazing landscape!

SI live at absurd festival Xanthi 4th Dec 2010

Nicolas Malevitsis, Joke Lanz, Leif Elggren


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Charles Moneypenny Report!

Charles Moneypenny is back!

CM live at Staalplaat Berlin 14th August 2010 (photos by Ute Waldhausen)

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Psychotic Einzelkind

Psychotic Einzelkind is the title of a Noise/Dance performance created by Joke Lanz (Berlin) and Brigitte Wilfing (Vienna).

The principal theme of the piece is affective and manic-depressive behaviour of 'only children'. To grow up as only child can cause significant social problems. They may have difficulties coping with situations such as a loss in friends, failure in employment, failure with personal relationships, uncontrollable anger, and girlfriends or boyfriends refusing to engage in sexual activity. Children who have experienced a stressful event, such as the separation of the parents or the birth or death of a close family relative, may also exhibit some or all of the symptoms.

Psychotic Einzelkind, named after Sudden Infant's CD album released 2008 on Blossoming Noise, was already shown at WUK Vienna in 2009 and at Transart/Underground City Festival in Labin (Croatia) in 2010. The next presentation of the piece will be at Fluc Vienna on October 5th, opening the night for FM Einheit.

Psychotic Einzelkind

Joke Lanz: composition, concept, performance, noise
Brigitte Wilfing: concept, performance, noise
Thomas Jelinek / Thomas Wagensommerer: light design
Alfred Reiter: sound engineering

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pictures at an Exhibition!

Opening of my exhibition 'Ins Gesicht' at Rumpsti Pumsti Gallery Berlin 4th September 2010. Thanks to all the nice individuals, all the kids and dogs who came to see my paintings. It was a wonderful and long Saturday.
Big THANKS to Daniel Löwenbrück and Ed Benndorf for giving me this chance to show my work and to be the first artist at the new Rumpsti Pumsti music & gallery space. Also many thanks to Bill Kouligas and Ute Waldhausen. Not to forget Marcelo Aguirre and Peter Pure who woke me up later on at a local bar further down the street.

The exhibition runs until Tuesday 28th September. Paintings are still available for 250 Euro each (31cm x 31cm, acrylic on cardboard). Please contact the gallery for further details.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


paintings (acrylic on cardboard 1992-1995)

4. September 2010 - 28. September 2010

Opening: 4. September 2010 16-22h

Rumpsti Pumsti Music & Gallery
Weserstrasse 165
12045 Berlin - Neukölln


I'm very happy to announce an exhibition of my early paintings from 1992-1995 titled: Ins Gesicht (engl: in the face).
In the early 90's I started to work on paintings and sound installations, collages and objects. It was the time when my son Céleste was a small child, when Sudden Infant was making the first big moves, when I learned about separations and new beginnings, when I drunk my first beer before breakfast and when Audrey Hepburn, Anthony Burgess and Frank Zappa died.
Childhood experiences, sexual eruptions, autoaggression and psycho mechanisms became major themes of my musical and artistic works.

This series of 27 head/face paintings (acrylic on cardboard/31cm x 31cm) created between 1992 and 1995 are now shown for the very first time at the Rumpsti Pumsti Gallery in Berlin.

Back then at the studio from left to right: Tobia, Céleste, Joke, Zeno

Monday, August 9, 2010

Memories part 1

Los Angeles, The Smell, 14th February 2010:

Damion Romero, GX Jupitter-Larsen, Joke Lanz, Lasse Marhaug

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Working on Sudden Infant

International Summer Course for New Music at the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD):

Please don’t kid yourself that things used to be better, that’s all utopian talk!
Karlheinz Stockhausen, 1970

Presenter and network, center for documentation and information, operational center and initiator for new music since 1946 – the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD) is all of these things. With its International Summer Courses for New Music, its Archive, and its Library the IMD continues to make and document cultural history as a constant interplay of invention, performance, listening, reflection, and retention.

The Summer Courses are a meeting place for music makers and listeners. Creativity takes wing, ideas are passed along, and artistic positions are debated; they provide opportunities for interaction between cultures, and between the younger generation and internationally recognized composers, interpreters, and scholars. The extensive and extremely valuable holdings of the archive and library illustrate the ideas and creations of artists and scholars of the 20th and 21st centuries, made available for research in the form of scores, writings, correspondence, photos, press articles, and recorded media.

Working on Sudden Infant
Noise Music Lecture & Rehearsal - Jorge Sánchez-Chiong (JSX) & Collective (OS2)

Working - Improvising
Exploring and Instant Composing with records by the Noise artist Sudden Infant aka Joke Lanz

Jorge Sánchez-Chiong

was born in Caracas, Venezuela, to Cuban and Chinese parents, in 1969. He studied in Vienna under Francis Burt and Michael Jarrell. Sánchez-Chiong is a member of the NewTonEnsemble and co-founder of the composer group „Gegenklang“. His works, which take the vitality and spontaneity of improvisation as their point of departure, often transcend the bounds of the concert hall and find their continuation in the realms of experimental theater, video art, dance, and electronics. An emphasis of his work is close collaboration with artists from different disciplines and stylistic directions, including Joke Lanz, Christian Weber and Michaela Grill. He has also appeared as turntablist in various formations in the free improvisation scene. His stylistic openness shows in his oeuvre, which includes solo, ensemble, and orchestra works, chamber music and electronic music, multimedia projects and improvisation guidelines – using everything from classical instrumentations to formations such as electric bass and turntable. In 2009 he directed the multidisciplinary project „New Air“ at the University of Vienna.

2010 will be Jorge Sánchez-Chiong’s first stint as guest lecturer at the International Summer Course.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Phone People

Today I received a wonderful package from Ukraine. I had to go and collect it from my post office next to my house. Didn't really know what was waiting for me, but my presentiment between Ireland, Ukraine and Taiwan was not so wrong:

New release:

SUDDEN INFANT - The Phone People
C30 Tape (Quasi Pop / Ukraine)

Yet another cassette release in Sudden Infant's long crusade to save the world of tapes. Recorded May/June 2010 at SI studio Berlin, this cassette consists of 19 short compositions with/about answering machine messages from friends and relatives i.e. Christian Marclay, Daniel Löwenbrück, Donna Klemm, Céleste Urech, Allon Kaye, Christine Streuli a.o.

Artwork by Edward Solomykin.

Dedicated to Donna Klemm (1948-2008).

Limited and numbered edition of 100 copies!


For tape/cassette lovers:


Saturday, July 17, 2010


Sudden Infant & Family Battle Snake // Ireland shows:

22nd June 2010 - Cork / Shandon Church Tower (private afternoon performance)
22nd June 2010 - Cork / The Pavillion
23rd June 2010 - Dublin / The Joinery

Some unforgettable impressions from my very first Ireland trip w/ Bill Kouligas.
All photos by JL except where noted:

On the road between Dublin and Cork

Shadowplay at the Pavillion

The Black Sun family: Dave, Sionnach & Vicky

FBS & SI with new band member Sionnach the fox

Joke & Bill at Shandon Church Tower (pic by Vicky Langan)

Drinking Beamish with Kev

Vicky & Joke

Sudden Infant live in Dublin (pic by John Kealy)

Are we not men?

Family Battle Snake live in Cork (pic by Titsh)

Meg, Mog & Owl

Sudden Infant live in Cork (pic by Titsh)

A huge THANK YOU to Vicky Langan for have made this all possible and for your incredible hospitality! We had a fantastic time! Felt like beeing a part of your family... Thanks Dave and Sionnach, you are such lovely ghosts.
Also many thanks to: Paul Hegarty, Aonghus & his girl friend, Kieran, Chloe, Patricia, Mick, Kev, Gavin & Andy of Toymonger, Max (great films), the cake Ladies, Joan Jett, Beamish, The Joinery crew, Eric, John Kealy, Dolorosa, Julia Shnappy Healy, The Pavillion crew and everybody who came to the shows in Dublin and Cork - you were a fantastic audience. THANKS!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Of Mice and Men

Photos by Philipp Hennig

Of Mice and Men

A performance by Joke Lanz based on fragments of John Steinbecks novel Of Mice and Men, held at Zwielicht/Farbfernseher Berlin on 20th June 2010.

I seen hundreds of men come by on the road and on the ranches, with their bindles on their back and that same damn thing in their heads… every damn one of them’s got a little piece of land in his head. And never a God damn one of them ever gets it. Just like heaven. Everybody wants a little piece of land. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land.
-Crooks to Lennie

The predatory nature of human existence.
The destructive imbalance of social power structures in society.
Strength and weakness.
Loneliness and companionship.
Big things and little things.
Dreams and despair.

Thanks to Mareike Lee, Marc Sabat, Hans W. Koch

Sunday, July 4, 2010

white witch way

Photos by Aniana Heras Cosín

white witch way!?

A performance by Joke Lanz held at NK Berlin on April 30th 2010.

Walpurgis has its roots in ancient pagan customs, superstitions and festivals. At this time of year, the Vikings participated in a ritual that they hoped would hasten the arrival of Spring weather and ensure fertility for their crops and livestock. They would light huge bonfires in hopes of scaring away evil spirits.
According to the ancient legends, this night was the last chance for witches and their nefarious cohorts to stir up trouble before Spring reawakened the land. They were said to congregate on Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains – a tradition that comes from Goethe's Faust. In the story, the demon Mephistopheles brings Faust to Brocken to consort with the coven of witches.

Many thanks to Rashad Becker, Julian Percy, Farah Hatam, Ute Waldhausen