Presenting the freshest, most inventive sights and sounds in a splendidly historic setting, Dissonanze is one of the more aptly-named festivals. Now in its eighth year, the Rome-based happening attracts the most gifted artists from across the globe to its illustrious locations.
On the musical side there’s a Detroit theme this time out, as the big closing Saturday night bash will feature performances from Model 500 – AKA Juan Atkins and Mad Mike Banks – and Carl Craig. Before that, on Friday night, there’s an Italo-disco soundclash as old boys Daniele Bandelli and Alexander Robotnick square up against young guns Rodion and Francisco. Prefuse 73, Loco Dice, Booka Shade, No Age and Cobblestone Jazz also feature.
On Saturday it’s over to Brasilintime, as Madlib and J Rocc join the dots between hip-hop and bossa nova, multimedia style. Erol Alkan, Fujiya and Miyagi, Headman and The Bug are also on the bill that night, while across the weekend there are art installations, contemporary dance performances and other multimedia happenings.
Dissonanze takes place at Rome’s Pallazzo Dei Congressi from May 9th to May 10th.