Intonal Festival 2022

Fuck the new normal.

A message from the Intonal crew:  

A single piece of music can no doubt have a profound influence on the individual mind. Similarly, an artwork can open the eyes of the beholder in ways they did not think possible, and a performance can rouse unprecedented feelings in the heart of a solo visitor. All this is true.  

 But fundamentally, all these artforms are meant to be shared. They are collective forms of expression that are absolutely essential to human existence. Deep down, we all know this, yet in our society, these expressions are viewed as nonessential pastimes that can be cut without a moment of hesitation. Especially those that don’t easily translate into dollars.     

 In the light of this, it’s natural to feel jaded and resort to shoulder-shrugging cynicism. But despair is the straightest road to apathy. At this point we’d rather see you get fired up. Because we are. 

 The whole point of a festival is to bring people together – a proclamation so self-evident that one would never reflect upon it under ordinary circumstances. But the last two years have given us cause to do just that. Our experience is that the mentality fostered under the lockdowns and restrictions have caused audiences to become less adventurous and more culturally cautious. More than ever, “safe cards” are being favoured over more novel expressions. In this process, borders that used to be drawn with pencils are now being filled in with ink. And make no mistake, these borders run right through us.  

 We have to fight this, and we have to fight it together.  

 So once again, we’re raising the Intonal banner as a beacon of hope and defiance. An oasis glimmering in the horizon for all of you who crave oddity, intimacy, and energy, but are unable to use the beaten paths. You, who can’t get excited unless you’re in the presence of something actually exciting. You, who thirst for life in this forsaken wasteland called “the new normal”.  

 This year, Intonal has invited artists from all over the world to Malmö, connecting them with local heroes and participants. Some are true legends in their fields – like Grouper or DJ Bone, others are legends in the making, like Kinshasa based Fulu Miziki or Manchester’s Space Afrika. We will also present several world premieres commissioned by the festival, in many cases by artists working with Intonal residencies, like Hiro Kone, Vincent Bahar and Japanese duo WaqWaq Kingdom.
And much more, as ever. 

 But above all, we invite you. Join us, connect with us, dance with us. Fuck the new normal.  

Alessandro Perini Acousmatic concert # 1 & 2 – in collaboration with SOUND SPACES
Alma Söderberg
Ambulance on Fire (Jūra Elena Šedytė & Mėta Gabrielė Pelegrimaitė)
Arturas Bumšteinas & Antanas Dombrovskij Acousmatic concert # 3 & 4 – in collaboration with Danish Composer’s Society & Rupert
Ben Vince
Big Brave
Bill Ruyle, Peter Zummo & Members Of MSO Arthur Russell’s Tower Of Meaning
Daniel M Karlsson Acousmatic concert # 5 & 6 – in collaboration with Notam & EMS
DJ Bone
Elena Colombi
Ellen Arkbro w/ Microtub Clouds For Three Tubas*
Foundation of the Teacherock
Francesco Del Nero Acousmatic concert # 1 & 2 – in collaboration with SOUND
Fulu Miziki
Gabriela Prochazka
Hiro Kone Disruption and Epokhē*
Holy Tongue
Inre Kretsen Grupp
Jaleh Negari & Felia Gram-Hanssen
Jana Rush
Jenny Gräf
Jessica Ekomane
Johanna Knutsson
John T. Gast
Kavi Kwai*
Kris Pannecoucke Performers of Kinshasa
Lilium w. Scenic Route
Liza Blannelli
Low Jack
Magnus Bunnskog Acousmatic concert # 7
Malin Bobo
Maria Spivak
Martin Messier Echo Chamber
Martyna Kosecka & Jakob Riis Acousmatic concert # 5 & 6 – in collaboration with Notam & EMS
Myriam Bleau
Naoko Sakata
Nikolajev & Ats
Renaud Barret
Retreat x Mutant Radio
Sara Sjöbäck*
Sofie Grevelius ABROVINK + Moments of movement
Space Afrika
Stina Fors
Tintin Patrone Black Horse Names:*
TRjj/Hipolito & Poulsen/Sæderup Group
Tyler Friedman Epiphytic*
Valentina Magaletti*
Vincent Bahar & Ensemble Hamal*
WaqWaq Kingdom Glitches Jungle*
Yann Coppier Acousmatic concert # 3 & 4 – in collaboration with Danish Composer’s Society & Rupert
*world premiereMORE INFO