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Ripperton, Tamo Sumo

Flash - Washington, DC, US

March 18 @ 8:00 pm - March 19 @ 4:00 am

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Friday, March 18th • Bar opens 8PM, Club doors 10PM

Celebrate Spring in your favorite dark room to music by Ripperton and Tama Sumo, both making their DC debuts, alongside the fabulous TNX Dj's.

Ripperton is the Swiss producer behind Headless Ghost and the Tamed Musiq imprint. His productions can be also found on such bastions of excellence as Innervisions and maeve. Tama Sumo is one of the original Berghain / Panorama Bar residents and an honor to have her visit Flash. Her sets feature no-nonsense house music without pretention. The NeedlExchange are on hand to warm things up the right way.

Ripperton and Tama have shared the bill on such legendary nights such as Berghain's 36hr+ New Year's Eve celebrations. Let's show them how DC gets down.

djmeegs Cider House Mules makes its #FlashBar debut following the postponement of their much-anticipate January event featuring the sounds of Sparks, Dj Sequoia and Meegs, plus half-off Ciders and Mules from 8-11PM.

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Ripperton ( Tamed Musiq, Innervisions | Switzerland )

Tama Sumo ( Ostgut Ton (OFFICIAL) | Berlin )

The NeedlExchange (TNX)
( Baronhawk / Bil Todd / Tommy Cornelis )

Bar: Cider House Mules
djmeegs (Souled Out!)
Dj Sequoia (Camp Mischief)
Sparks (Sticky Fingers)


With an artist name derived from the legendary soul singer Minnie Riperton, it’s crystal clear everything is based around soul for Raphael Gros aka Ripperton aka Headless Ghost.

Mid-noughties, Ripperton gained massive attention through his his Lazy Fat People project releasing on labels such as Border Community, Planet E, and Wagon Repair. It was in that very same period when Ripperton made his breakthrough as solo artist with an almost endless run of releases topped with a series of high profile remixes. From immersive techno to refined house, Ripperton adds a newfound sense of introspection to electronic house and techno music.

In 2010 the long awaited debut album 'Niwa' is released on Green. Ripperton’s debut album dips you into a bathtub filled with organic sounds and beautiful melodies. By the end of 2011, Ripperton shows his compositional talent on the mini album 'Lost in Colours', released on Systematic. In between these two projects Ripperton collaborates with Deetron and they deliver the outstanding ‘Depth Frame’ EP on Music Man. The Swiss duo even takes it a step further by creating Roots Panorama releasing ‘Threee’ on Versatile.

2013 turns out to be the next exciting year in his career with a new album ‘A Little Part Of Shade’ on Green. The LP’s multiple programmed rhythms loosely mimic a more natural world and see’s him work alongside a variety of artists. The thirteen tracks reflect Ripperton his approach to electronic music production, song writing attitude, and the sense of poignant delivery that extends the purview of techno clubs. The same year Ripperton returns with his Headless Ghost guise. A side project, making its way to the forefront, devoted to hardware and analogue recordings. After the 2009 ‘Backend’ EP, Headless Ghost delivered three stunning EP’s: ‘Fronted’ (Clone Royal Oak), ‘Out’ (Tamed Musiq), and ‘77’ (Tamed Musiq).

It is not only as a DJ/producer that Ripperton has his grip on the electronic scene, but he also runs ‘Tamed Musiq’ which is an intimate imprint with no rules nor borders and home to a series of groundbreaking EP's. From 2006 to 2012, Ripperton also ran the infamous Perspectiv stamp, which has been put on hold for the time being.


Heart, emotion and passion instead of pure functionality – these are Tama Sumo’s dj characteristics in a nutshell. She started out in 1993 at the Drama bar in Berlin / Kreuzberg, one of the first bars to ever feature its own dj at the weekend and an important hang out for the scene before going to the clubs.

Besides, the Drama has been one of the few locations playing house music, when techno was dominating all the other clubs and bars at that time. Tama Sumo used to play a lot of New York style vocal house and quickly became a regular DJ behind the decks at the gay saturdays at Café Moskau. In the beginning of 1994 she started playing regulariy at the legendary Techno-Club Globus/Tresor and became a resident DJ at this location for the following years. Here she began to integrate different electronic-music-genres into her house sets, a mixture, she conctantly improved over the years and which by now has become so sigificant for her long sets.

Since 2001 Tama Sumo also played regulariy at the Dance With The Aliens-Party at the old OstGut, the predecessor of Berghain, which eventually opened the door to a residency at the new Panorama Bar & Berghain. In the meantime she developed a varied style ranging from House in all its colours, combined with reduced Techno, old Electro, Disco and Pop. Altogether her sets feature a lot of bass, sometimes melody, always deep, sexy, dirty, jacking, rough and funky. “Music for me is something very subjective and I always attempt to approach it with my intuition,” Tama Sumo comments.

“To be a DJ for me means to be in touch with the audience without speaking and to interact with the crowd and give them what they need while staying true to myself at the same time. It’s also fundamental to my work that I succeed at letting the music, the crowd and myself run freely. I have to turn off my head and go with the flow. I love to create and play with different moods and atmospheres. And I’m still fascinated by the fact that music can release a huge amount of energy and fun immediately. Music and bass in particular make people happy!”

At the beginning of 2008, she has finally released her first record. Both tracks, “Play Up” and “Brothers, Sisters”, have been produced in collaboration with Prosumer. They perfectly sum up Tama’s take on house music: two rough and funky tracks which made the DJ Top 50 of German Groove Magazin at first go. Another release was published end of 2009 on Diamonds & Pearls. Tama Sumo also compiled and mixed the second Panorama Bar record, which was released on Ostgut Ton in October 2009.


March 18 @ 8:00 pm
March 19 @ 4:00 am
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645 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
(202) 827-8791


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