Strom Festival

Beats and vibrations in the Philharmonie Berlin

The Strom festival allows you to experience the whole range of synthesized sounds in the Philharmonie – whether listening while seated in the auditorium, or dancing about in the foyers. Featuring artists who boldly and creatively expand the boundaries of electronic music.

After the first Strom festival in the Philharmonie in 2020, the Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote, “It has never vibrated like this before,” and from a physical perspective it is hard to disagree. The beats that pounded through the halls and foyers could not only be heard but also felt through the entire body: a holistic experience, a thrill that can only be found in this form in electronic music. This experience is to be repeated in a second Strom festival over two evenings with an exciting interaction between the spaces of the Philharmonie, between different worlds of expression and performance formats.

It is as questionable to talk about “one” kind of electronic music as it is about “one” kind of classical music. Both genres encompass a complex array of styles that have been and are being constantly redefined. The intention of Strom is to show the entire spectrum of synthesized sound production and to let it interact with the timeless, visionary architecture of the Philharmonie. Don't expect classical music crossovers or any formal club music that makes you just want to dance. Instead, the artists presented have all expanded electronic genres or shaped them in a completely new way, built bridges to other art forms and cultures, or broken new technological ground. In 2020, for example, the concert programmes ranged from the downtempo of the Austrians Kruder & Dorfmeister to the high-speed techno of Nina Kraviz, and from the audiovisual minimalism of the media artist Ryoji Ikeda to the Arabic electronics of Deena Abdelwahed.

Electronic music that builds bridges to other art forms and cultures

The 2023 festival will also offer such a wide variety of programmes. Highly individual top performers will be presented in concerts and DJ sets; at the same time, it will be possible to experience the different timbres that electronic music takes on depending on the cultural background of the performers. The Philharmonie also makes a key contribution by enabling concentrated listening in four concerts in the seated auditorium, while in the foyers, there will be beat-based formats for people to dance to. The different environments enhance the experience in different ways: the main auditorium whose architecture directs all attention to the stage, and the foyers with their stimulating multi-faceted design.

Strom is curated by Stefan Goldmann, who himself has been an important influence on electronic music as a composer, DJ and producer, often in collaboration with cultural institutions such as the Maerz-Musik Festival and the Ensemble Modern. He has developed site-specific concert formats for venues as different as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Honen-in Temple in Kyoto, and Strom’s programme is also tailored to the characteristics of the Philharmonie to create the most inspiring combination of classical concert hall and electronic music.