Currents Festival


«Sensual, but terrifying and strange.»

Taja Cheek Vocals, Guitar, Bass, SynthesizerBen Chapoteau-Katz Synthesizer, Saxophon, VocalsZach Levine-Caleb Guitar, Bass, VocalsJustin Felton Guitar, SamplerTimothy Angulo Drum Kit
She is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer and curator. We are talking about Taja Cheek aka L'Rain. With her music, the New Yorker creates a world in which everything makes sense and is sensual, where duality and contradiction are omnipresent. Inspired by the gospel and R&B of the 1990s, from black folk and indie rock to the sounds of early synthesizers and Baroque compositional tropes, she creates songs that make use of certain styles but cannot be assigned to any genre. L'Rain herself describes the practice and aesthetics of her music as "approaching songness" – approaching, touching and yet letting go again, which makes the diversity and ambivalence of her sonic explorations all the more powerful. “I’m envisioning a world of contradictions, as always," explains Cheek. "Sensual, maybe even sexy, but terrifying and strange." 
At Currents, L'Rain presents her third album "I killed your dog" together with her collaborators Andrew Lappin and Ben Chapoteau-Katz. In it, she revisits themes of grief and identity and asks what it means to hurt the people you love the most. The New York Times included the album's eponymous single on its list of the 20 best songs of 2023: "L’Rain (…) ponders vengeful, destructive impulses in a near-lullaby that wanders through a chromatic chord progression, building ambivalence into the harmonies.”

With the festival pass for CHF 90, you can attend all concerts of the Currents Festival from 6 to 9 March 2024 at Exil and Moods.
  • Accessibility

    The lower floor of the club is at ground level and accessible without steps. There is one accessible bathroom which can be used with a Eurokey. The bar is not accessible and is approximately 1.20 metres high. Sensory stimuli: Most concerts are accompanied by moving lights and smoke. For sold-out or well-attended concerts, it is worth arriving early. Are you unable to stand for a long time or do you need other support for your visit? Then get in touch by email or phone: or 044 276 80 00.

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  • Additional information about the tickets

    Moods members are guaranteed admission to every event until 30 minutes before the concert starts. Only shows with a high demand require a reservation. The corresponding concerts are marked on the website with "Member-Reservation".

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  • How to reach Moods

    Moods is reached via the main entrance of the Schiffbau at Schiffbauplatz. We recommend arriving by public transport (streetcar 4 or 8 / bus 72, 83 or 33 to Schiffbau; S-Bahn to Hardbrücke station and from there approx. 2 minutes on foot). Parking spaces are available under Hardbrücke and in the Pfingstweid-/Hardstrasse parking garage.

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