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Nusasonic Residencies

As part of the multi-year project Nusasonic, which aims to strengthen the networks of contemporary experimental sound and music cultures in Southeast Asia, Europe and beyond, Berlin-based Jessica Ekomane and Cairo’s Nadah El Shazly take part in a residency program in Yogyakarta. Hosted by Nusasonic-partner Yes No Klub during their stay from July to September 2019, both artists will research on Indonesian traditional and contemporary music, learn about current cultural and artistic practices through discussions and workshops with local artists and communities, and produce new works.

In collaboration with and funded by Musicboard Berlin, Berlin-based artist Laure Boer is hosted by WSK festival in Manila for a residency stay from September to October 2019. With collaborative exchanges with local artists as the core of the program, the process-based residency culminates in a presentation at the 10-year edition of WSK festival.

An initiative of Goethe-Institut, Nusasonic – Crossing Aural Geographies is collaboratively created between Yes No Klub (Yogyakarta), WSK Festival for the Recently Possible (Manila), Playfreely/BlackKaji (Singapore), and CTM Festival (Berlin).


Jessica Ekomane © Silje Nes

Jessica Ekomane

Berlin-based musician and installation artist Jessica Ekomane creates situations in which sound functions as a form of catharsis. Her work intersperses noise and melody, playing with listeners’ perception of rhythmic structures and seeking to transform the space between sound and audience.

Nadah el Shazly ©Nadah el Shazly

Nadah el Shazly

Starting out singing Misfits covers in a local punk band, Cairo’s Nadah el Shazly has since been making a name for herself in the city’s underground scene by producing her own electronic tracks. Her debut album, Ahwar (2017), emerged via Nawa Recordings, a label run by Khyam Allami that focuses on Middle Eastern artists.