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Sonic Fiction at Schauspielhaus Zürich

Jenny Hval, Ben Frost

Friday 20 April 2018 — 23:00

In collaboration with Swiss new music platform Norient, Rewire presents the most exciting acts of today’s pop music on the theater stage at Schauspielhaus in Zürich. In the first edition on April 21, 2018, the dark avant-garde pop of Jenny Hval will collide with the experimental sound worlds of Ben Frost. Events will also be held on May 12 and June 9. More acts to be announced soon. Tickets for the first edition are available here.

Exactly twenty years ago the journalist and writer Kodwo Eshun attempted in his influential book ‘More Brilliant than the Sun – Adventures in Sonic Fiction’ to rethink the perception of music in general by finding a new language for music (rather than rely on words that leave the radical imaginary space of music untapped). He did this by describing and excavating the unacknowledged traditions of diasporic science fiction, by finding a «future shock» in music and sounds. Today, it is still obvious, how limiting traditional language is, especially attempts to describe current sonic phenomenons; more than ever, pop music is crossing borders, is audiovisual, powerful and aesthetically challenging. Contemporary musicians debate political topics and appear provocative and virtuosic at the same time. With this new series of concerts and audiovisual performances, Rewire and Norient want to present the diversity of the current Sonic Fiction on the theater stage in Zurich to a wider audience.We are looking forward to meet you there.


Jenny Hval has made a name for herself in recent years as a recording artist and writer in both her native Norway and abroad. Multidisciplinary and transgressive are words often employed to describe her art, but Jenny Hval’s polyphonic artistry is in fact seamlessly interwoven between musical, literary, visual and performative modes of expression. Her artistic voice is altogether present, accessible and obscurely complex at the same time.

The music of Ben Frost is about contrast; influenced as much by classical minimalism as by punk and metal, Frost’s throbbing guitar-based textures emerge from nothing and slowly coalesce into huge, forbidding forms that often eschew conventional structures in favour of inevitably vast and unfolding mechanical systems.


Sonic Fiction

Saturday April 21: Jenny Hval, Ben Frost
Saturday May 12: lineup to be announced
Saturday June 3: lineup to be announced

Location:Schauspielhaus Zürich
Doors open: 20:00 hr
Tickets from CHF 35 to 70