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Artistic Exchange At Eye Level: Musicboard’s Co-Creation Residency Programs

The Berliner institution Musicboard Berlin funds a broad range of musical residency programs each year. The Co-Creation Residency encourages creative exchange, collaboration and community building by pairing two artists from different cities. We spoke to project manager Maureen Noe about the structures of the program as well as four artists who participated this year.

Boards and Strings: How ADHD Gave Pat Burgener Energy to Pursue Sports and Music

Pat Burgener started snowboarding at the age of 5, on the slopes of Crans-Montana. In the years that followed, he was diagnosed with ADHD, cemented his position on the Swiss national team, earning high finishes at Olympic events, and launched a music career. NBHAP author, Elana Shapiro sits down with him to discuss how he found ways to create his own structures through music and sport, and how the two are intrinsically interlinked within his world.

Our Roots Run Deep: Dominique Fils-Aimé On Planting Musical Seeds

The singer and songwriter Dominique Fils-Aimé from Montreal just released her new record "Our Roots Run Deep" via Ensoul Records. Sophie Romy caught up with the artist to talk about what influenced the album and how Dominique Fils-Aimé draws inspiration from blues and soul legends as well as her inner child.

Never Seen Before: Commissioned Works At Pop-Kultur And the Freedom to Take Risks

Every year, the Berliner Pop-Kultur Festival funds fifteen projects by artists from all genres and backgrounds. These pieces are conceptualized and premiered exclusively at the festival but resonate beyond. We spoke to creative producer Pamela Schlewinski, and the artists Anika and Portrait XO about the experience and opportunities this program creates.

On Unheard Frequencies: Anika Writes About the Project “Lost Voices”

Annika Henderson, known as Anika created an immersive stage performance as a commissioned work for this year's Pop-Kultur festival. Working with several international and interdisciplinary artists, the project "Lost Voices" gives space to frequencies and voices that are unheard and marginalized by a hetero-patriarchal and capitalist society. She shares thoughts on working with these complex topics.

Elisapie On the Joys and Pains of Childhood Memories on “Inuktitut” (ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ)

The Inuk singer and songwriter Elisapie has been releasing music for more than a decade now. Her new album "Inuktitut" (ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ) is a musical gift to her community. She draws on emotional memories of good and bad days, the lingering trauma of ongoing colonial violence that her community faces, and is driven by a deep love for music. In conversation with NBHAP, she talks about the importance of the record.

Jazz Scatting Meets Mongolian Long Song On “Ulaanbaatar” by Enji

The singer Enji gives her jazz conservatory education a twist by breaking open its structures and drawing from her background in thousand-year-old Mongolian folk tradition. In conversation with NBHAP, the artist talks about her new album "Ulaanbaatar" and explores the personal connection to the color red and how trust and communal singing shaped the music.

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