Saturday, 30 March
YEK is the latest collaborative endeavour of iconic German electronic musician Burnt Friedman. Having spent the better part of 30 years in pursuit of a sound that bears no connection to existing musical traditions and a practice rooted in unlearning, Friedman’s celebrated works pull apart the foundations of techno, dub, jazz, and world music. His counterpart in YEK is Iranian percussionist Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, a modern master of the tonbak and daf – traditional Persian hand drums – who harbours an extreme acoustic range and extravagant technique. Together, the duo embark on a euphoric, trance-inducing trip that marries timeless percussive sounds with flurries of melodic electronics in pitch-perfect harmony.