Curated by Bettina Wackernagel, Mo Loschelder and Sabine Sanio, the Heroines of Sound Festivalnd Festival, now in its forth year, presents past and present heroines of electronic sound. In concerts, performances, videos and discussion events, early female electronic music is showcased together with female artists who are transforming and performatively interpreting electronic sound today at the highest levels of pop and electronic music. By opening up new perspectives, the Heroines of Sound make the quality and variety of female artists in the area of electronic music both audible and visible.

For the first time in 2017, the Heroines of Sound Festival is awarding two   composition commissions. Festival contributions from Iris ter Schiphorst und Electric Indigo are commissioned works that will be presented to audiences in world premiere performances. The two outstanding artists typify the festival profile featuring composition and performance, as well as new music and experimental avant-garde pop.

A spotlight of the festival is focused on Elżbieta Sikora, the Polish pioneer of acousmatic music.  After completing training as a sound engineer in Warsaw at the end of the 1960s, Elżbieta Sikora (*1943) studied electronic music in Paris with François Bayle and Pierre Schaeffer, composition in Warsaw with Tadeusz Baird and Zbigniew Rudzinski, and finally, computer music at IRCAM in Paris and with John Chowning at Stanford University in California.

Having lived in France since 1981, the composer is widely regarded as a French artist. In 2004, Sikora was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her body of work.

Despite countless international awards for her compositions, to this day Sikora is hardly known in Germany. In addition to Elżbieta Sikora´s portrait the program will be complemented with recent works by Polish composers such as Jagoda Szmytka, Katarina Glowicka and Joanna Wozny.

Alongside Electric Indigo, Heidrun Schramm’s conceptual electroacoustic music for multi-channel loudspeaker systems based on recordings of acoustic musical instruments and objects as well as field recordings (WP), presents yet another new approach to acousmatic music in the festival program.

Furthermore Alessandra Eramo, Jasmine Guffond, Chra, hiTHər’too, Heidi Mortenson and Pilocka Krach will showcase fresh remarkably varied facets of contemporary live electronic performance.

An extra highlight of the festival is the evening-length concert of Ensemble Mosaik with currant works by Iris ter Schiphorst (WP) Joanna Wozny, Oxana Omelchuk, Lisa Streich and the young Mexican composer Marisol Jiménez (WP).

The Heroines of Sound Festival focuses a musical spotlight on women artists who take electronic sound transformation in cutting-edge pop and contemporary classical

music a step further and interpret it performatively. To place these new approaches within an historical context, pioneers of early electronic music are also featured each year in performance. Thus the program will be rounded off by panel discussions on the key aspects of the festival.

In the run-up to the festival, the Heroines Editions present electronic sounds and  film screenings in more intimate settings at the Moviemento Kino (April 22nd) and the Roter Salon of the Volksbühne (April 23rd) with more events set to take place at the Berghain Kantine (June 17th), during the Musica Electronica Nova Festival in  Wroclaw (May 27th) and at Festival KONTAKTE17´, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (Sept 30th).



The Heroines of Sound Festival has set itself the task of (re)discovering female protagonists in music and increasing the public presence of their music. The goal of all Heroines events is to make the works of women pioneers of electronic music accessible to a wider public. Thus, audiences have the opportunity to discover connections between early heroines and women composers active today in contemporary music and electronic performance.

By making the often forgotten and underappreciated quality and diversity of female artists in the field of electronic music more visible and audible, the Heroines of Sound Festival opens up new perspectives for an analysis of historical and current  strategies of female musical practice.

Reaching far beyond contemporary music circles, the Heroines of Sound Festival has attracted broad interest and brings a young audience in contact with cutting-edge musical  perspectives.

With a long-term goal of strengthening the proportion of woman artists in the music branch both nationally and internationally, since 2014, together with Heroines Editions, the festival has presented over 80 woman artists from 20 different countries, including events in Aarhus, Den Haag and Istanbul.

Heroines of Sound aims for sustainability. Beyond the ongoing festival activity, the format is networked with a wide array of players and active in initiating events and discussions. Going beyond the standard festival circuit, the festival is linked with many partners, establishing new events and sparking debate. Since 2014 Heroines  of Sound collaborated with the internationally active network/portal female:pressure, Ableton Loop (Berlin),the University of the Arts Graz (AT), the IMA Institute for Media Archeology (AT), Freiburg Music Academy (DE), Academy for Music and Theatre Leipzig (DE), Borusan Music House (TR), GMEM Marseille (FR), TodayArt Festival (NL).

In 2015 the Festival was awarded a two-year supporting grant from the Berlin Senate.

HEROINES OF SOUND FESTIVAL July 7.-9., 2017, Radialsystem V

PROGRAM (Status: May 15th, 2017)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Opening 7pm
Zorka Wollny (PL): Resonance Assembly – Composition for Factory (2014) Noa Gur (IL): Dark Pools (2013)

Foyer – Sound Bar: Heroines of Sound Selection
Hall – Film portraits:
Maryanne Amacher, Anne la Berge, Eliane Radigue, Electric Indigo, Beatriz Ferreyra from the series IMAfiction, Institute for Media Archeology → Excerpts from RAW CHICKS. BERLIN (2017), Directed by Beate Kunath

Concert 8pm
Jagoda Szmytka: GAMEBOY (2014) Sampler, voice, video

Elżbieta Sikora:
Flashback, hommage à Pierre Schaeffer (1996) Chicago al fresco (2009)
Reflets irisés (2005)
Piano: Malgorzata Walentynowicz

Katarina Glowicka: Sun Spot (2013)
Piano, video and electronics Video: Zuzanna Solakiewicz Piano: Malgorzata Walentynowicz

Electric Indigo: Tolkowsky’s Refraction (WP) 8-channel computer music

10.30 pm
Pilocka Krach: Sugar Cane (2017) Performance, live electronics

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Concert 8 pm
Joanna Wozny: like little… sunderings (2016) for ensemble and playback

Lisa Streich: ZUCKER (2016) for motorized ensemble

Marisol Jiménez: Yiríya áiteiyá (WP) for ensemble, electronic media

Iris ter Schiphorst: Sometimes II (WP)
for ensemble, sampler and live electronics

Oxana Omelchuck: Staahaadler Aff (2012) for perc+drumpads

ensemble mosaik: Bettina Junge – flute, Simon Strasser – oboe, Christian Vogel – clarinet, Martin Losert – saxophone, Adrian Pereyra – guitar, Roland Neffe – percussion, Ernst Surberg – piano, Chatschatur Kanajan – violin, Karen Lorenz – viola, Mathis Mayr – ce Matthias Bauer –contrabass, Daniel Plewe – sound direction
Christoph Breidler – conductor

10 pm
Heidi Mortenson: Tid (2016) Performance, live electronics

Sunday, July 9, 2017

8 pm
CHRA: On a Fateful Morning (2017) Performance, live electronics

Alessandra Eramo: SUED (2017)
Solo performance for voice and electronics

hiTHər’too: ttsb within (2017) Performance, live electronics

Heidrun Schramm: Cantata profana (UA) 4-channel electroacoustic composition

Jasmine Guffond: TRACED (2017) Performance, live electronics
Live visuals by Ilan Katin