This November, Sweden’s Clandestino Agency is thrilled to bring both Hiya wal Âalam, the new project of OlofDreijer of theKnife, and Amina Hocine to the United States for each project’s North American debut.
This amalgamation of international music will make its way to 3 U.S. markets including: NEW YORK CITY, BOSTON, & WASHINGTON DC. Hiya wal Âalam will also play four shows in Sweden during November. See the dates below.
It is the boundary between dream and wakefulness that Amina Hocine builds her electronic mini-symphonies – or shall we say pop songs – sometimes wide awake, in lucid concentration, and sometimes in a sleep-like flow of spontaneous ideas. Amina Hocine’s music is both familiar and unpredictable. The songs emerge without respect for established ideas about structure: verse, chorus and hook are irrelevant concepts. The music flows ahead like a dream you can not control but still want to continue.
Inspiration for the songs also comes from nocturnal youtube music marathons, Carl Sagan (“the feeling that we’re all made of star stuff”), an eccentric lady talking loudly about the blood of Christ on the tram in Gothenburg … Amina feels that she “is a radio” more than a composer in control of her creation: when she’s tuned to the right frequency, the songs write them selves.
– Sometimes I try to work differently, as with Jar, on this EP. I had an idea that the song would consist only of body sounds. But after a while it a completely different turn and became the song you hear on the record.
This EP is released digitally and in a limited edition of twelve inch vinyl, and is the result of a period of almost total isolation in a small cabin in northern Zealand, Denmark. In two months time, Amina Hocine wrote and recorded the songs that would become her second EP here.
– It was more like a recreation room than a real house, eight square meters on Zealand Odde. Once there was a hurricane outside so the whole cottage shook. But mostly it was quiet and the best part was that I could stay in the music for long periods without interruption.
Amina Hocine 2 was mixed by Dan Lissvik from The Studio. It is the second EP by Amina Hocine released by Clandestino Institut. This coolaboration has gradually become deeper and includes Amina’s concert booking by Clandestino Agency. In 2014, Amina Hocine participated in a collaboration between Clandestino Agency and cultural center Makan in Egypt, where the musicians played together in a series of sessions both in Cairo and Gothenburg. Fragments from these recording will be issued by Clandestino Institut at a later date. In the spring of 2015, Amina Hocine is working as a composer at the Folkteatern in Gothenburg, where she writes music for two performances: Variation and Not Based on a True Story, both premiering March 7th. In the autumn, concerts in the US await.
Mai Nestor, a.k.a. Scout Klas, will play at Göteborg Film Festival’s inauguration party at Pustervik 23 January. | Read more
Oh and by the way: Don’t miss Clandestino’s jam packed night at the film festival, also taking place at Pustervik but on 30 January. On stage: Erotic Market, Débruit, Dj Olof Heinö and Clandestino Agency’s very own Amina Hocine. | Read more
Clandestino Agency and Amina Hocine were invited to Makan Center in Cairo for a week of musical collaborations in February 2014. Later, in June 2014, two of the groups from Makan Center – Mazaher and Nass Makan – came to Gothenburg, Sweden as a second part of this collaboration, and studio sessions with Amina Hocine and the Egyptian musicians took place.
Big news! AMINA HOCINE’s debut ep will very soon be released by Clandestino Agency. Four spectacular tracks, mixed by electronic dub maestro Andreas Tilliander, cover photo by our favorite stylish photographer Mai Nestor a k a Scout Klas and sleeve design by graphic design genious Milena Karlsson. Come celebrate with us if you’re near Gothenburg on the 29 April! (Oh and another EP by Amina Hocine is coming shortly)! Interview with Amina in Djungeltrumman (Swedish only) – read it!
We are super proud to present that Clandestino Agency’s favorite dj ELENA WOLAY will play at Stora Teatern in Göteborg 29 March – Elena (who played an unforgettable round of vinyl weirdness at Clandestino Festival 7 December and organizes Jazz är Farligt, a club + fanzine amongst other things) is preparing an extra special dj set for the night in question, where Jupiter & Owkwess from Congo Kinshasa willl be on stage. Do not miss! Info, tickets etc here.
SATURDAY 25 JANUARY
Clandestino Agency presents a mixed bouquet of Roots reggae, jungle bass and afro-oriental sounds amongst other things. Admission is free with member card issued from either Clandestino Festival or GIFF.
The opening of Jens Assur’s exhibition AFRICA IS A GREAT COUNTRY at the Museum of World Culture in Gothenburg is presented in collaboration with Clandestino Agency on 17 January 2014. ELENA WOLAY will be spinning some incredible grooves from the African continent, hope to see you there! | Info