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Whether it's in Nairobi or in Kyiv, in Bristol or in Cairo: in all the major cities of Africa and Europe, people get together in dedicated spaces to dance to music and party – and create communities, subcultures and public spheres. Club culture is a global phenomenon, but what music are these people dancing to in these cities and what music did they use to dance to in the past? In what sort of spaces do they meet up? What public spheres do they form? What do these club cultures mean to the urbanity of a city? And what happens when the club music from two different continents meet head on? More...


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© João Orecchia

João Orecchia is an artist and self taught non-musician who has been making music for many years. His fascination is in squeezing sounds out of anything and layering them on top of other sounds squeezed out of other things. From guitars to manipulated circuits and banjos to field recordings. He has been exploring ideas of randomness and perceived meaning, composition using found sound and field recordings and creating graphic scores. Through experimentation and improvisation Orecchia investigates the physicality of sound, seeking a balance between computer technology, hand made electronics and real world sounds such as the human voice and traditional musical instruments. Orecchia also contributes heavily to the building of networks in alternative sound practice in Johannesburg by curating events that engage artists, musicians and public in a collaborative, experimental spatial relationship with the city. Invisible Cities fleetingly inhabits transitional spaces, creating momentary realities and exposing hidden layers of possibility for what life in Johannesburg might be like with a bit of imagination.

Selected Discography
João Orecchia - Motherless Brooklyn (Blankrecords / 2006)
Vincent - It's Only Wasteland, Mum (Blankrecords / 2008)
João Orecchia - Hands and Feet (Other Electricities / 2009)
Lukas Ligeti & João Orecchia - Circuitous Routes 7" (Wallace Records / 2011)
Motèl Mari - Eternal Peasant (Other Electricities / 2012)

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João Orecchia & TEN CITIES
Together with Hannes Teichmann, João Orecchia curated the third TEN CITIES episode of musical collaboration which took the renowned Ukraine producers Vakula and Dubmasta from Kiev to Johannesburg in February 2013. Further participants from Johannesburg were Dirty Paraffin, Moonchild and Planet Lindela among others.

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