Since 2015, we have had the privilege to welcome several thousand music makers, artists, developers, technologists, and teachers from around the world to join us in Berlin and LA for Loop - A Summit For Music Makers. Looking back over past editions, we are reminded of those inspiring weekends of connections, insights, and new discoveries; made possible by all of the participants and attendees who have contributed over the years.
We haven’t been able to meet in person in 2020, but while we continue to develop new ways of bringing music makers together, we’ve picked five performances from previous events that have kept on inspiring us in the interim.
Binkbeats: 'HFTBOTA' + 'Jake's Journey'
We begin with Dutch percussionist and producer Binkbeats, whose, multi-layered live performance at Loop 2018 incorporated an array of instruments and ‘non-musical’ objects.
Songwriter, vocal artist, and electronic music producer Chagall has been involved in the user experience development of mi.mu gloves – designed for gestural composition and musical expression. During her Loop 2016 performance, Chagall demonstrated the creative potential of mi.mu gloves by controlling a multitude of electronic layers and vocal effects. Adding to the multi-sensory magic of her set, the movement of her hands also interacted with specially created live visuals.
Juana Molina: 'Cara De Un Día'
Argentine singer, songwriter, and actress Juana Molina bought her distinctive performance to the stage of the Montalbán Theatre at Loop 2018. Following a successful spell in television comedy, Molina’s solo music career began in earnest with the release of her album Rara in 1996. Since the release of her seventh album, Halo, in 2017, Molina has performed scores of shows around Europe, the US, Latin America, and Japan.
At Loop 2018 Lafawndah bought a compelling new live show to the Montalbán Theatre. Performing a piece that would go on to feature on her debut album Ancestor Boy, the London-based, French artist combined lighting, musical arrangement, and stagecraft to bring her physically intense and otherworldly music into a physical space.
Kaki King: 'The Surface Changes'
Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist Kaki King joined us at Loop 2017 with her immersive multimedia production The Neck is a Bridge to the Body. In this performance, the guitar is used as a projection screen to tell a story. The production places the focus on the instrument itself, which serves as a tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other.