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New Forms Festival Live Series | Fall 2022
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V - Friday, December 9

Space Afrika, Ulla, Caro

Live at KW Studios

Space Afrika

Manchester UK’s Space Afrika make music of what they term “overlapping moments” – oblique mosaics of dialogue, rhythm, texture, and shadow, half-heard through a bus window on a rainy night.

Their releases Above The Concrete/Below The Concrete (2014) and Somewhere Decent To Live (2018) were sparse, spacious yet intimate electronic abstractions, partly inspired by their observations of industrial landscapes and experiences of life in the North of England.

In 2020, Space Afrika released their most emotionally charged project to date, hybtwibt? (have you been through what i’ve been through?). First recorded for broadcast on NTS Radio before being edited down to a half-hour collage and released a few days later in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. As Black Lives Matter protests were gathering momentum across the U.S. and UK, the Manchester duo’s self-released mixtape captures the unrest with intercutting fragments of their own unreleased work. Described as a “dreamlike tapestry”, and hailed by Pitchfork and Bandcamp as one of the best ambient albums of 2020, sales of the mixtape continue to raise funds for Black Minds Matter UK and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust in support of the fight for racial equality.

The duo went on to release in the spring of 2021, Untitled (To Describe You), a collaboration with photographer, filmmaker and poet Tibyan Mahawah Sanoh, generating a living, breathing study of the duo's Northern working-class Black British reality.


(Ulla Straus) is an artist by ways from Kansas and California, but currently based in Philadelphia.  She has released music on an array of labels such as Quiet Time, Experiences Ltd, West Mineral Ltd, and her most recent record Limitless Frame on Motion Ward.

In 2020, Ulla released her critically acclaimed Tumbling Towards A Wall which has received praise as one of the best albums of 2020 from Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, Washington Post, and Bandcamp. Ulla has also collaborated with a number of other artists including Perila, Pontiac Streator, Exael, and Ben Bondy.


Caro is a producer, DJ and radio-host living and working in so-called BC, Canada. Known for their vast and diverse collection, Caro's sound lands somewhere between the realms of smoked-out experimentalism and deep rhythmic soundscapes. The former being showcased on their weekly radio show on CJLY "The Tea", and the latter being shared at festivals like Mutek, Bass Coast and Shambhala. They share the side project "Lamps" with collaborator and friend, Emrrld, and released their debut solo LP "Lowlands" on Limbo Tapes in 2021.

Venue & Details

New Forms 2022 Live Series V will take place at KW Studios, at #10 – 111 Hastings St W.

A versatile production and performance space with a long history in arts and underground music communities, KW Studios is located in close proximity to Waterfront Station and multiple bus lines (R5, 003, 008, 014, 020). The venue is wheelchair accessible, but should you require any accommodations, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help.

Elevators and stairs leading to the performance space and refreshment area are accessible from the studio's Hastings St. entrance, just to the right of the main entrance to the Woodward's Atrium.

New Forms staff will be present at the door to welcome you and assist anyone with accessibility needs.

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