Lychee Lassi started playing on the Berlin underground circuit in 1998. They have been performing live at the former Berlin squatter institution „Schokoladen“, the „Fete de la musique“ show after the headlining act in front of 9000 people and on Algerian TV in 2006. Their debut EP called „Speed“ was named „record of the month“ by the German TIP magazine.
Lychee Lassi went on to play gigs all over Germany, Switzerland, Italy and the UK at clubs, open airs, digital arts festivals and at neo-hippie raves. They have felt at home supporting the likes of Angie Reed, Seeed, the H-Blockxs and everything from puppets to breakdancers. Also they have performed an improvised live soundtrack to one of the few screenings of the underground movie „the KLF burn a million quid“ and did recording sessions with the likes of Killa Kela, Baatin (Slum Village) and Gordon Raphael of The Strokes fame.
Focussing on producing for other artists, it’s a rare joy to see Lychee Lassi performing live (e.g. at last year’s Berlin XJazz festival). At the Suture Soven Festival 2019 Berger, Based and Beat will be joined by Els Vandeweyer.
Els Vandeweyer is a Belgian vibraphonist, percussionist, and composer currently living in Berlin. After studying classical percussion in Antwerp and jazz vibraphone in Brussels and Oslo, Els co-founded the IMI Kollektief, whose critically acclaimed album Snug as a Gun was released on Clean Feed in 2006.
Today, Els plays regularly in Berlin, including solo performance, group improvisation, and contemporary music (including a performance of Xenakis’s Rebonds b at the A L’ARME! Festival in Berlin).
Recently, her composition Landscape, a 25-meter-long textile that functions as a mobile graphic score, was performed in Berlin as part of the Kontraklang series on contemporary music.
Current projects include a duo with Fred Van Hove, Quat (with Fred Van Hove, Paul Lovens, and Martin Blume); Mimosa (with Rieko Okuda and Natalie Sandtorv); Metal Illusion (a shadow play with Rieko Okuda), Spin Track (with Olaf Rupp and DJ Illvibe), and participation in two orchestras (Pascal Niggenkemper´s Vision 7 and the Serenus Zeitblom Oktett).