dinsdag 17 mei 2022

Thursday 26 May - Vrooom #88: Lou Barnell, Left Hand Cuts Off The Right, Giuseppe Doronzo


Vrooom #88


location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:00 / €10
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Vrooom #88: award-winning baritone saxophone playing, (body) movements and synesthetic experiences of sound, a left hand cutting of the right and the twinkling twitchings in the aftermath. Come, All Ye Faithful.


Lou Barnell is a London-born sound, movement and sculpture artist and radio DJ. As a neurodivergent woman who sometimes finds the world alienating and disorientating, Lou uses movement, music and sculpture to communicate her synesthetic experience of sound and to reorientate herself. She wants to use performance to dissolve the cheap packaging of women’s bodies and selves in public life. Lou experiments with her body and shape-shifting re-useable materials such as ice, thermoplastic and wearable sensors to create an intense explosion of sensory experimentation and melting matter. She won the 2021 Oram Awards Supported by The PRS Foundation and The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Left Hand Cuts off the Right (Robbie Judkins) is an outlet for exploratory methods and composition. During live performances he plays with bent electronics, acoustic instruments, field recordings, loops and effects. The sounds are of otherworldliness, twinkling twitchings, habitual drones, crackling rhythms and aural oddities. Robbie has created works for the Barbican, ICA, Resonance FM, Turner Contemporary, Cafe Oto, NTS, Whitechapel Gallery, University of Central Lancashire and more. He is also the creator of Animal Sounds (Resonance FM) and Parallax View (Threads Radio).
https://cargocollective.com/robbiejudkins | https://lefthandcutsofftheright.bandcamp.com

Guiseppe Doronzo (Barletta, 1987) is an Amsterdam-based composer, sound artist, educator, radio broadcaster, but first and foremost a saxophone player. He focuses his research on the baritone saxophone, aiming for a vocabulary that is informed by his background in contemporary classical music, jazz improvisation and his interest in non-western music. Guiseppe is also known for his many collaborations and projects, including work with dancers and choreographers, and giving workshops. He recently won the Buma music on motion award for 'best original composition' for the music he wrote for the short film "Goya".

This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.

vrijdag 15 april 2022

Friday 29 April – Vrooom #87: Hyunji Jung, Urban Megušar, BABEurs/044, Self-Indulgent Asshole


Friday 29 April

Vrooom #87

┆ BABEurs/044

location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:00 / €10 (PLEASE BRING CASH!)

It's been nearly two years since we were at Klooster Oude Noorden but we're back up in the north again with Vrooom #87, curated by
Tisa N. Herlec. A smörgåsbord of sound and sensibilities performed by four different local/not so local artists. Come, gather!
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Hyunji Jung is a South Korean sound artist, composer and performer currently based in Rotterdam. Her sonic exploration in modular synthesis focuses on the interaction between tonality and atonality, next to cyclical compositional structure. She studies North Indian classical (Hindustani) music, and is learning singing raga as part of her research. In her performance she will present different renditions of ragas that she has been practicing, using modular synth and her voice. Currently she is working on her first release where she explores seasonal awareness, perceiving sound as agency.

Cellist/improviser Urban Megušar plays across contemporary music, chamber music, free improv, jazz, and folk music; always exploring the possibilities of his instrument. As a member of Trio Tempestoso, he is the winner of Boris Pergamenschikow Preis for Contemporary Chamber Music. In 2018 he released an album with the group Subconscious Rituals. Last year saw the release of the debut of his folk Trio Lumi.

┆BABEurs/044 (Ana Brumat & Henrietta Müller)┆(R'dam)
Ana and Henrietta share a common background in visual arts, having met during their master studies at Piet Zwart Institute. As the artist duo BABEurs/044 they focus on music that comprises low drone frequencies, ambient and subtle noise interventions. Their experimental electronica / improvised set at this Vrooom edition will feature Ana’s self-built string-spring instrument that will lay down a multi-layered tapestry of sound for Henrietta’s distant storytelling.
According to this asshole (aka the valiant DIY concert organiser and bohemian cafe owner in Carnisse), there's a huge difference between playing music and making music. Self-indulgent asshole does make music AND is playing the music as well.

This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.

donderdag 9 december 2021

Saturday 11 December – Vrooom #86 (online): Tisa Neža Herlec & Mojca Zupančič, Vo Ezn, Ege Şahin, Mothers Of Exit

Saturday 11 December 2021

Vrooom #86 (online)



Vrooom #86: a smörgåsbord of sound in four acts, streamed live from Le Sud in Rotterdam. This event will be streamed directly via our facebook event, and simultaneously through vimeo and Radioworm. The streaming links will be activated at the start of the event, and archived afterwards. Just to emphasize, this is NOT a public event!

start: 14:30 / end: 16:30
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radioworm.nl (sound only)


Tisa Neža Herlec (voice) and Mojca Zupančič (piano) explore different modes of operation in various groups, ensembles and constellations. Their combined experiences come together in their own sonic practice. They constitute a dynamic improvising duo who strive for the immersion into a mutual present; a real-time generative performative practice and communication.

| https://mojcazupancic.com


Ege Şahin is a Rotterdam-based composer and sound artist from Istanbul who makes experimental music with an heterogeneous approach to aesthetics and attitude. His solo live project 'OutpOur' is an interpretation of modular synthesis as an ever-changing organism, where immersive sound worlding merges with live processed vocals like a fish in a whirlpool.



Vo Ezn is a multidisciplinary sound artist who, in her own words, works on "server-side tensions and sassy/introverted interfaces ][ figuring out the tools for-to knowledge-sharing / opting-out / autonomy ][ --to-for-by-with on my own terms".

| https://vo-ezn.bandcamp.com


Dutch veterans Gert-Jan Prins and Lukas Simonis recently recorded and released their first album together under the moniker 'Mothers of Exit'. The crunching, playful seven cuts on this record are exemplary of the music that will be played during this stream; something inbetween gritty improv jazz and minimal noise rock, using electronics, guitars, modular synths, percussive elements and effects.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam. See less

maandag 21 juni 2021

Saturday 26 June – Vrooom #84: Asmus Tietchens + Cantos Deus feat. Lucija Gregov & Tisa Herlec


Saturday 26 June 2021

Vrooom #84

location: New Grounds – 's-Gravendijkwal 58 b, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:00 / entrance: 10 euro  

This is a 'reservation only' show, limited capacity! Please send a PM to our facebook account (Vrooom) or mail Lukas: klangendum[at]xs4all[dot]nl
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Vrooom special with a surprise visit from a fully-vaccinated Asmus Tietchens, which nicely makes up for our cancelled edition in March last year. Asmus Tietchens is a living legend of German electronic avant-garde music.
Then there's another Cantos Deus "-extended" show, where the choirboys will dive into the topic of Christian anarchism alongside special guests Lucija Gregov & Tisa Herlec.
Take note: this will be our first time at the new New Grounds venue, the monumental former school building.

Asmus Tietchens (1947) is one of the most important and unique figures in non-academic electronic music and sound manipulation. The Hamburg-based composer has made more than 80 albums worldwide and has collaborated with many different sound artists. His music draws on various musical genres; electronic (both high and low-brow), minimalism and classic. In 1980 he released his first solo album "Nachtstücke", followed by a series of albums containing rhythmic and harmonic music for the renowned Sky label ("Biotop", "Spät Europa", etc.). These fairly melodic synth tunes almost seem an abberation in light of the later shift towards 'industrial', as first witnessed on "Formen Letzter Hausmusik" (1984, United Diaries) and the meticulous sound manipulations he is known for today. Tietchens continues to explore the posibilities of specific sound sources (ranging from water sounds to pure sine wave tones). His work is rooted in a deeply sceptic gesture and inspired by philosopher E.M. Cioran, who is often quoted on his album covers. Tietchens has been awarded with the prestigious Karl Sczuka Prize of the Südwestrundfunk (SWR) twice.

┆CANTOS DEUS feat. special guests LUCIJA GREGOV & TISA HERLEC int'l
This summer sees "Christian No Wave band" Cantos Deus play a small series of shows based on the historical and societal theme Christian Anarchism. Cantos Deus is a collaboration between theologist/performer Jacco Weener and
Rotterdam underground artists Bruno Ferro Xavier Da Silva and Lukas Simonis. As a trio they attempt to make a statement about the language and musical expression of religion.
For each of these shows, they invite two artists to create a performance together around this theme. For this show the invitees are Tisa Neza Herlec and Lucija Gregov.
Lucija Gregov is a Croatian cellist, improviser and artist whose work explores and describes new sonic landscapes. Adding to her instrumental cello practice, she integrates analogue synthesizers and processed field recordings to her compositions.
Tisa N. Herlec is a Slovenian vocalist who plays with language and imagination. She is active in a variety of media;  writing, improvising, speaking, organizing, painting and assembling - preferably collectively.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.

dinsdag 15 september 2020

Saturday 26 September – Vrooom #83: Able Noise, The Sunshine Lounge, Linus B


Saturday 26 September 2020

& DJ Chris Baas

location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:00 / entrance: 7 euro
max capacity: 30 / reservation only show!
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For the first time since February we're back at our familiar spot in Rotterdam Noord; the fine Kapelzaal of Klooster Oude Noorden. Tonight's triple bill of electro-acoustic delicacies features Alex and George's brilliant Able Noise, the slow build-up musique concrète gubbins of Mark Smith (aka the Sunshine Lounge), and Linus B' electronica feast.
This is a 'reservation only' show.Please send a PM to our facebook account (Vrooom or Sandwich Island) or contact: info[at]sandwich-island[dot]com.

Able Noise is an experimental baritone guitar and drum duo, based between The Hague and Athens. Through the use of voices, tapes and alternative methods of playing their instruments, the duo create a somewhat minimal but really captivating performance. Taken as a whole, the feel of their sound reminds us of Chicago post-rock stalwarts Gastr del Sol, and that is no mean feat.

The Glasgow born, Dutch resident Mark Smith is a music maker, radio DJ, concert promoter, and Jerry Sadowitz fan. His solo-project Sunshine Lounge plows a furrow between relaxation and lime cordial, elephants and violence, green and polkadots, Penelope Keith and chaos. In his live sets, Mark uses home made instruments, electromagnetic chunder and acoustic gubbins.

┆LINUS B┆roffa
Linus B is a producer, DJ and visual artist who finds his inspiration in the arbitrariness of daily life. Mending and bending recorded samples of the things around him, his music is an auditive feast, a celebration and happy estrangement of the everyday. There is room for tenderness, kitsch, and a bit of confusion.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.

woensdag 2 september 2020

Friday 11 September – Vrooom #82 X Koffie & Ambacht X Goes To Church IV

photo: Orphan Fairytale (c) Michèle Matyn

Friday 11 September 2020

Vrooom X Koffie & Ambacht Goes To Church IV
┆MAYO (Matthias Hurtl & Yoana Buzova)

location: Oude Kerk Rotterdam Charlois – Charloisse Kerksingel 35, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:30
max capacity: 70 / entrance: 10 euro – PIN only!
for reservations contact: gilberty@xs4all.nl
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4th instalment of the 'Koffie & Ambacht x Vrooom goes to church' series with four different live sets.
Dive into an Orphan Fairytale of auditory dreaminess, get entangled in Mayo's cassette tape salad and listen to the sounds of the historic Hess church organ, this time played by sound artist Bart van Dongen. Last but not least, Cengiz Arslanpay will reinterpret ancient Ottoman music in his soloset.

This is a 'reservation only' show... Please send an e-mail to the address above for confirmation, or reserve through Facebook. There will be no alcoholic drinks for sale, since this would require a permit for the type of event which are still prohibited from taking place.

┆MAYO (Matthias Hurtl & Yoana Buzova)┆roffa / at/bg
Mayo is Matthias Hurtl (AT/NL) and Yoana Buzova (BG/NL). Together they perform with a multitude of cassette players and electronics; cutting, pasting, touching, licking, pulling, stretching and scratching the tape loops which they feed to these devices. The duo layer the resulting raw sound material with noise into an uncanny, imaginary magnetic tape landscape. Matthias is a sound artist who specializes in so-called signal hunting - a kind of recording practice that utilizes handmade tools and antennas, with which he hunts for satellite transmission signals. He uses his findings in compositions and live performances. Yoana is an artist and educator who seeks to resist imposed structures, beliefs and technologies. In her artist practice she employs the idea of 'uselessness', low-tech, DIY methods, and repurposed material to engage an audience in temporary fictions.
http://oyoana.com | http://randomaccessmemory.at

Orphan Fairytale (Eva van Deuren) is a artist/musician from Antwerp who has been making waves with a variety of surprising music projects since the turn of the millennium. She has been playing drums with Maskesmachine, experimented with tape loops in an outfit named Eekhoorn X, and was involved in Antwerp's bastion for freeform radio, Radio Centraal. The development of her own creative multiverse, along with the realisation that she had her own story to tell, led to the emergence of Orphan Fairytale, Eva's current musical project. Using keyboards, harp, flutes, voice, samples of drums, toy instruments and found objects, she creates a playful realm of dissociated musical dreaminess. New release out on Ultra Eczema soon!

Bart van Dongen is a pianist, composer and concert organizer. He is a household name in the Dutch improv, jazz and composer scene. Among other things, he has been the artistic director of Intro / In Situ in Maastricht (an organization for new music and sound art), and he managed the small-scale stage ARTuarium in Den Bosch. At this event, Bart will play the historic Hess church organ from 1784.

Cengiz Arslanpay is a multi-instrumentalist and composer whose work is characterized by smooth transitions between contemporary and folkloric musical spheres. He mainly plays the Nay (or 'Ney'; an end-blown flute that figures prominently in Middle Eastern music) and electronic synthesizers, though he is also familiar with the practise of other kinds of instruments from the Middle East. At Vrooom x Koffie & Ambacht, Cengiz will reinterpret ancient Ottoman music.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.

maandag 29 juni 2020

Saturday 4 July – Koffie & Ambacht X Vrooom #81 Goes To Church III

Saturday 4 July 2020

Koffie & Ambacht X Vrooom Goes To Church III


location: Oude Kerk Rotterdam Charlois – Charloisse Kerksingel 35, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 end: 23:30
max capacity: 70 / entrance: 10 euro – PIN only!
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3rd instalment of the 'Koffie & Ambacht x Vrooom goes to church' series. We're joining hands in an endeavour to lift the spirits with fine experimental live music, and a dance-performance. Place of action: the beautiful Oude kerk in Charlois where we will congregate with the latest Covid-19 regulations in place.
This is a 'reservation only' show... Please send an e-mail for confirmation, check the facebook event page.
There will be no alcoholic drinks for sale, since this would require a permit for the type of event which are still prohibited from taking place.

Mári Mákó is a composer and electronica/sound artist whose music strives to create the experience of an unhindered and natural musical flow with which she challenges the rigid ‘recital form’ of concerts. She will be performing a solo set using live electronics combined with voice, specially adapted zithers and other acoustic sound sources, often in conjunction with several performative tools and electronic devices of her own creation.

Purves & Lotz make music that's free of conventions, continuously balancing on the edge of discovery. The pairing of flutes and drums might be one of the oldest musical combinations ever, but it is revived in an exciting new form by this duo. Multi-flautist Mark and self-proclaimed “squeekologist” and percussionist Alan are true individualists on top of their game. Both expatriates (Germany and Scotland respectively) live and work in the Netherlands, refining their skills in the Amsterdam music scene, creating unique sound palettes of their own.

Jorrit Westerhof (guitar) and Suzana Lașcu (voice) began collaborating back in 2013 and their eclectic styles of playing and writing fused across a number of projects over the years since. The duo currently dwell in the realm of (acoustic) experimental music. Live, you can expect a wild mélange of influences, from Zorn to Hagen and back.

Choreographer and performer Maria Sartzetaki and musician / sound artist Robin Becker will present an iteration of their dance/music collaboration "Second Sphere", a project which is adapted to the church. In this piece they explore aspects of transformation in a realm between sound and movement, the Moon and the Earth, lunacy and clarity, wandering within the decomposing core of a lost planet.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.