woensdag 6 juni 2018

Wednesday 13 June: VROOOM #61




















Wednesday 13 June 2018

VROOOM #61

FELL – Simon Berz & Toktek

MANIRA STAR & BENJAMIN STEIN
ANG3L_SP1DER


location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 00:00 / entrance: € 6,-
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Vrooom #61 will kick off with ang3l_sp1der's algorithmic, partly live-coded ambient/electronica. Things will then take a more rootsy turn with Manira Star & Benjamin stein who will masterfully play the Iranian Taar, Indian tabla, and other instruments. We'll conclude our sermon with the spasmodic, sweaty musical dialogue between the machines of Fell.

FELL┆ch/nl
Fell aka Switzerland-based Simon Berz and Toktek from NL battle it out in supercharged music sessions. They play self-made electronic instruments and interfaces and turn human emotion and body movement into sound. Simon Berz's drum kit creates feedback which is looped back to him. The ensuing dynamic exchanges range from loud arguments to the whisper of sweet nothings. Toktek has mastered the art of sampling and watching him build up his palette of sounds, blissfully playing them on his controller is something to behold. He is like a modern-day Robinson Crusoe castaway in a wonderland of electronic music.
http://www.fellband.org

MANIRA STAR & BENJAMIN STEIN┆id/de
Bintang Manira and Benjamin Stein are skilled multi-instrumentalists who are currently studying at Codarts. In their live sets they combine a variety of ethnic music styles with instruments that are traditionally used in Middle Eastern and Indo-Indian music.
Bintang Manira Manik focuses on tribal chant, percussive ambient and soundscapes in his own work. He has been exploring Latin and traditional Indonesian percussion and completed three years of studying tabla at the institute of Indian classical music and dance; Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi.
Benjamin Stein studied non-western musical systems and Middle Eastern modal music, and plays several stringed instruments like the santur, tar, oud and robab. He not only plays and composes within the aforementioned traditions, but also creates his own sounds, with groups like Embryo, and the Rouzbeh Asgarian Band.
https://www.instagram.com/manira.star
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4N7_-o-gDI

ANG3L_SP1DER┆lt
Miša Skalskis is an electronica musician and artist, dwelling between Lithuania and the Rotterdam. ang3l_sp1der is his most recent project. Under this umbrella Miša explores palettes of ambient and IDM whilst often employing practices of algorithmic composition and live-coding.
https://soundcloud.com/ang3l_sp1der

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

zondag 13 mei 2018

Thursday 17 May: VROOOM #60





















Thursday 17 May 2018

VROOOM #60

–– SHACKLE (nl | Anne La Berge & Robert van Heumen)
–– FRAQX (nl | Frank Crijns & Jacq Palinckx)
–– ERFAN ABDI (ir)


location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:30 / entrance: 6 euro (cash only)
https://www.facebook.com/events/208205196446178

Vrooom #60: tapestries of textured sound from Anne La Berge & Robert van Heumen aka Shackle, dueling guitars from Blast and Palinckx members, and additional sensory stimulation from Erfan Abdi from Tehran

SHACKLE
This duo has a way of making music all their own. At the heart is a self-designed, digital cueing system which in a way operates as a third member. Both prodding and reactive, the 'Shackle' system suggests musical directions and textures to La Berge (flute, electronics) and van Heumen (electronics), opening up a fascinating array of sonic choices to play with and against. With uncanny transitions that turn on a dime and long, spun-out tapestries of sound, Shackle’s music works on two levels at once.
https://shackle.eu

FRAQX
Fraqx is the collab between the Tilburg-based guitarists and scene veterans Frank Crijns (Blast, Betonfraktion) and Jacq Palinckx (Palinckx, VLEK), and simultaneously the title of their debut album. Both artists have been active on the cutting-edge of avant-rock, improvisation and contemporary composed music. As a duo they have developed an organic blend between noise, ambient and instant composing.
https://fraqx.bandcamp.com/releases

ERFAN ABDI
Erfan Abdi is an artist, designer and performer from Tehran, Iran. He graduated from the Masters program at the Artscience Interfaculty, Royal Conservatoire in The Hague in 2011. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Tehran (2006) he has a background in visual art and design, while he has also experimented with electronic music, video art, computer programming, physical computing and with constructing physical models for haptic controllers.
https://erfanabdi.com

dinsdag 10 april 2018

The Master Musicians Of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar in Rotterdam


VROOOM recommends:

SATURDAY 14 APRIL

Pantropical x Arab Film Festival:

THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA led by Bachir Attar
DJ Duckfood
DJ Chris Baas


location: WORM – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
start: 20:30 | end: 02:00 | presale: 12,50 | door: 15,00
https://www.facebook.com/events/1938739239776696/
https://worm.org/production/pantropical-the-master-musicians-of-jajouka-led-by-bachir-attar/

timetable:
20.30  –  DJ's Chris Baas / Duckfood
21.30  –  THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA led by Bachir Attar
23.00  –  DJ's Duckfood / Chris Baas

Pantropical and Arab Film Festival proudly present the masters of the Rif mountains' pagan trance sounds - the group of Moroccan villagers who have been a massive inspiration for everyone from Brion Gysin to Ornette Coleman and The Rolling Stones!

THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JAJOUKA LED BY BACHIR ATTAR (ma)
As residents of the Jajouka village in the Djebala hills of Northern Morocco, the Attar family preserves one of the oldest known musical traditions on the planet. Their music is recognized by the Moroccan Royal family for centuries, but also by jazz masters, rockers and influential writers from all corners of the globe. But it’s not just the influence upon western culture that sets the Jajouka masters apart; it’s the highly complex rhythms and melodies which had been taught by their fathers and practiced for a lifetime; skills which have been passed on through generations and have endured through centuries of struggle. The Master Musicians of Jajouka perform a variety of folk music - both ancient and new - on traditional instruments. Many of the compositions in their extensive repertoire are unique to the Attar family and their traditions in Jajouka.
https://www.jajouka.com

Bachir Attar – Rhaita, Gimbri, flute, leader
Mustapha Attar – Rhaita, flute
Abdeslam el Moudene – Rhaita, flute
Ahmed El Baloutti – Rhaita, flute
Ahmed Bahkat – violin, percussion
Abdellah Bokhzar – percussion
Mohamed el Attar – percussion


DUCKFOOD (nl | pantropical / rebel up)

Duckfood's awe-inspiring music collection absorbs anything from Renaissance to Moroccan trance. His DJ selections are colourful and not preoccupied by knee-jerk pigeonholing. Because of his love for the Maghreb and Arab music he is hellbent to make something extra special of this evening!
https://soundcloud.com/rebeluppa/zl-alibah-rebel-up-libya-duckfood-stomper

CHRIS BAAS (nl | pantropical)
As a DJ, Chris has shared stages next to illustrious names such as Mdou Moctar, DJ Tetris, DJ Bebedera, Gaye Su Akyol, Altin Gün, Romperayo, Sufyvn, Senyawa and others, which clearly demonstrates his abilities. He also curates Pantropical's irregular radioshow at Operator.
https://soundcloud.com/pantropical/pantropical-chris-baas

maandag 26 maart 2018

Wednesday 4 April: VROOOM #59















Wednesday 4 April 2018 – Vrooom & Camera Japan presents:

VROOOM #59 goes JAPAN

–– LA VEUVE MOUSTACHE / KISHINO YUICHI
–– JON THE DOG
–– KAISU SHIMAI


location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:30 / entrance: 8 euro (cash only)
https://www.facebook.com/events/2031096087207510/

Vrooom and co-hosts Camera Japan present an evening with playful live music & performance from a Tokyo-based group of artists. The moustached widow Kishino Yuichi has been a welcome guest in Rotterdam, performing at Camera Japan Festival in 2010 and 2014 and at selected shows at the old Worm. It's the first time we're rolling out the red carpet for the outlandish Jon The Dog and Kaisou Shima.

LA VEUVE MOUSTACHE / KISHINO YUICHI
Kishino Yuichi / La Veuve Moustache is an intriguing figure. On stage he transforms in the singing moustached widow, enjoying her holidays in a kind of theatrical kingdom of cabaret chansons and choreographic elements. In the company of pianist Gary Ashiya and video artist ALi, the widow lands in an interactive stage set of movies, opening up a dialogue with them. The self-effacing movie-sampling transforms into a tragic-comic story, often moving audiences from laughter to tears. Kishino Yuichi is also a network catalyst in Tokyo, runs the Out One Disc label (Oorutaichi, Sparks, Gangpol Und Mit), DJ's and works as a university professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, specialised in sound design of cinema.
https://youtu.be/hgmJmQCZLOk

JON THE DOG
Jon The Dog is Shoko Uehara, who dresses up in a wolf (or dog, if you will) costume, and sings and plays the harmonium. Her work has an endearing, childlike quality. She released her debut cassette tape "GAAAAAA-JON sings" in 1994. Her 2nd album "Smoke" was as released in 1996 on John Zorn's Tzadik Records. The following year, she made a contribution to the "Great Jewish Music: Serge Gainsbourg" complilation. In 1998 she released a collaborative album with Yasushi Utsunomia (ex- After Dinner). Aside from her music performance, she is also known to be active as a Tarot fortune-teller and Zenith Healer.
http://jonthedog.com

KAISOU SHIMAI
Wakame, Kombu and Mekabu are Kaisou Shimai aka the "Seaweed Sisters". This classically trained trio plays music for sax and piano, and is influenced by the original bands of the retro-music show era. Their sound emulates modern (film) music and Matsuribayashi (Japanese tradition festival music), somewhere between the work of Nino Rota and award-winning Japanese composer Kōji Ueno. 
http://kaisou-shimai.blogspot.nl/


dinsdag 6 maart 2018

Friday 16 March: VROOOM #58














Friday 16 March 2018

VROOOM #58

–– ZO-ON SLOWS (cn)
–– JOKER NIES (de)
–– NIEK HILKMANN (nl)
–– MATSUMOTO MITSUAKI (jp)


location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 00:00 / entrance: 7 euro (cash only)
https://www.facebook.com/events/2059276010997256/

Vrooom #58: daring music and improvisation with Zo-on Slows, "electro-sapiens" Joker Nies, audio-visualist Matsumoto Mitsuaki, and Roffa's Niek Hilkman. Last-mentioned will present his 'Waterworks ii'; an exploration of the principles of sonic fluidity, based on the strict concepts of extratonal composition.
 

ZO-ON SLOWS (cn)
Zo-on Slows aka Echo Ho, is a Beijing-born, Cologne-based artist, producer, composer and audio-visual performer. Ho spend years exploring the field of electronic improv and live composition. She reinvented the traditional Chinese string instrument Gu Qin as the "Slow Qin" by extending its function to a wireless interface, enabling real-time improvisation using customised music software. Her textured music is inspired by both historically informed performance and nightclub sounds. She releases on the Cologne-based label Baumusik.
https://goechospace.com/
 

JOKER NIES (de)
Joker Nies is a Cologne-based musician, sound-designer and recording-engineer. He is also a photographer and technical editor for the German Sound&Recording and Keyboards magazines. Since the 80s Nies experiments with all kinds of hardware and software-based sound sources. During the early 90s, modifying the Omnichord instrument became his initiation to what is now commonly known as circuit-bending. Nies taylors his instruments to his needs and creates electronic devices with a broad range of sounds, that he plays with great expression and musical gesture. His latest development is a modulation-matrix and a body-contact „keyboard“ for the Buchla Music Easel.
http://www.klangbureau.de/klangbureau/Joker.html

NIEK HILKMANN (nl) - Waterworks ii
Niek Hilkmann is a twenty-first century polymath with a background in art history, media design, musicology and natural history. Within his work he focuses on the grey areas between (uncontrollable, or unexplainable) human behavior and the dry, often pseudo-scientific methods that try to justify, or explain them. He conducted an amateur avant-garde orchestra (playing pieces of Xenakis and Steve Reich), created a one hundred meter long moving panorama (the "Panorama Ineptum"), constructed the Universal Notation Ideal (UNI) system and curated events such as "Will VHS Save The Universe?" and "Floppy Totaal”.
https://www.facebook.com/niekhilkmann

MATSUMOTO MITSUAKI (jp)
Matsumoto Mitsuaki is a "audio-visualist", composer and scenographer. He tries to create something of "a sensory space" with different means, and in different contexts, using a bandoneon, a prepared sitar or a prepared japanese pipa – from acoustic to electric, from analog to digital. Matsumoto is a sound performer in different contexts, including choreagraphy. He collaborated with Jaap Blonk, Mihael Thieke, Pierre Bastien, Hans Koch, Gaudenz Badrutt, Yasumune Morishige, and others. In Kagoshima he organizes "Croisements Kagoshima", a series of concerts for new music.
https://soundcloud.com/mitsuaki-matsumoto/sets/falia/s-uO1TQ

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

maandag 12 februari 2018

Friday 16 February: VROOOM #57













VROOOM #57

– LAURA AGNUSDEI (it)
– KAREL VAN DER EIJK (nl)
– INFERNAL MOSQUITOS (it)
– FASCIA LATA (fr) – dj


location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 00:00 / entrance: 6 euro (cash only)
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As you've come to expect from us, there will be three intriguing live acts performing at Vrooom #57; all 3x #solo. Soulful electroacoustic music from Laura Agnusdei. A mind-boggling performance from Karel van der Eijk. Dirar Kalash revisits Vrooom too, this time trading his oud for saxophone and live electronics. 

LAURA AGNUSDEI (it)
Laura Agnusdei is a classically trained saxophone player from Bologna. She is currently based in The Hague, where she is studying at the Institute of Sonology. Her compositions feature the saxophone as the main voice within sonic landscapes that shift between melodies and textures, the song form and improvisation. Fusing acoustic, digital and analog sound sources, she creates emotional states that change from track to track. “Night/Lights” is her solo debut cassette released last September via The Tapeworm.
http://lauragnusdei.com/

KAREL VAN DER EIJK (nl)

Karel van der Eijk is a visual artist who makes installations in which sound and mechanics have a key role. Some of his installations move with a push of the button, others are played like an instrument by the audience or by the artist himself.
This night he will perform with his hilarious inflatable trumpet(ish) machine: objects are being blown up by fans mounted on a backpack,  breathing is only possible by means of whistling.
http://karelvandereijk.blogspot.nl/

INFERNAL MOSQUITOS – Riccardo Marogna (it)
Infernal Mosquitoes is Riccardo Marogna's solo project where he plays tenor saxophone and live electronics to challenge the boundaries between acoustic and digitally generated sounds. His saxophone is modified and hacked with the aid of contact microphones, actuators, pickups and strings attached to its body, resulting in a sort of hybrid device in between a reed instrument, an electric guitar, a percussion and a controller. The result is a concrete, dense sonic matter, where all the nuances of the human-instrument system (breath, metal, skin, water) are amplified and gain a new kind of presence in a pulsating and ever-changing scenario.
http://riccardomarogna.com/infernalmosquitoes

FASCIA LATA (fr)
Composer/performer/DJ in the making from Paris who is currently based in Den Haag, studying at the Institute Of Sonology. She'll be our DJ for the evening.
https://soundcloud.com/fascialata

donderdag 18 januari 2018

Friday 19 January: VROOOM #56














VROOOM #56

– JASNA VELIČKOVIĆ (cs)
– RÄS (Nina Hitz, George Dimitriu, Maya Felixbrodt)
– ORPHAX (nl)

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 00:00 / entrance: 6 euro (cash only)

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Vrooom's 2018 kick-off is a triple serving that includes the transformative acoustic possibilities of electromagnetic fields, deep ambient drones and three proponents of the violin family.

JASNA VELIČKOVIĆ (cs)
Jasna Veličković is a composer and performer based in Amsterdam. Her recent works such as "Last Song", "Ombre…moi non plus" and "Shadow Studies" focus on sound extension of traditional instruments. Her music often derives from existing musical pieces shadowing or looking awry to the original. Most recently she is building a new performance setup made out of permanent magnets and coils. This project is a new installment of her ongoing artistic research whose aim is the creation of tools that facilitate playing on instruments or objects using the transformative acoustic possibilities of electromagnetic field.
http://jasnavelickovic.com

RÄS (Nina Hitz, George Dimitriu, Maya Felixbrodt)
String trio Räs is an improvisation unit that consists of three different players; George Dimitriu (violin), Maya Felixbrodt (viola) and Nina Hitz (Cello).
Räs music does not follow the more obvious interaction that happens when improv musicians meet, it's more like a body of sound that exists in it’s own world, rattling, mumbling and creating an atmosphere. The area of tension in which ras moves ranges from "Wandelweiser" music (an international group of composers/performers founded in 1992 by Dutch-born flautist Antoine Beuger and German violinist Burkhard Schlothauer) to the conceptualism of Cage (pieces like "landscape nr 4 for 12 radio’s"), adding a very personal taste to this approach. All instruments are like radios that are turned on random frequencies, interacting with each other because they are playing in the same space at the same time, but without a conscious knowledge of eachothers' presences.
https://soundcloud.com/z6records/kitchen-song-1

ORPHAX (nl)
Orphax aka Sietse van Erve is a minimal ambient and drone music project. In van Erve's music there is a development towards microtonal sounds, where time and spatiality are important factors. A possible result can be a static form of sound where development in the music becomes subordinate to the listener losing any sense of time.
http://www.orphax.com

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