zondag 3 november 2019

Tuesday 5 November - Los Siquicos Litoraleños (live & film) + La Bruja de Texcoco

Tuesday 5 November 2019

Vrooom x Pantropical x WORM Rotterdam presents:

┆+ docufilm 'DAZZLE LIGHTS: 'A Psychotropic journey with Los Síquicos Litoraleños'

location: WORM - Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 00:00 / entrance: 7,50
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Extraordinary double bill featuring the gaucho psychics los siquicos litoraleños from Argentina, and the witch of Texcoco - La Bruja De Texcoco from Mexico. La Bruja De Texcoco is a music performance born out of a rejection of masculinity in Mexican music, taking traditional Mexican music down a feminine path, into a fabulous world of baroque extravagance. We'll start of the night with the docufilm "Encandilan Luces, viaje psicotrópico con Los Síquicos Litoraleños" about Los Siquicos.

Los Siquicos Litoraleños (The psychics of el Litoral) is a unique band formed in 2004 who are originally from the outland countryside around the small city Curuzú Cuatiá in the province of Corrientes, northeast of Argentina. It's an area known as 'el Litoral', where the locals are called Litoraleños. The band plays a highly original style using acoustic / electric guitars and drums, adding toy keyboards, shortwave radios and all sorts of domestic machinery (i.e. washing machines and freezers). Stuffed with a vast array of sound effects, they craft otherworldly tunes which cover tropicalia genres such as cumbia, chamamé (popular folk music of Corrientes and other regions), chicha, and a variety of non-rock rhythms. Los Siquicos' first European tour in 2009 was organised by the then still unnamed Pantropical, and Worm.
youtu.be/bPktkg4KPWQ | annihayarecords.bandcamp.com/album/sonido-chipadelico


La Bruja de Texcoco (The Witch of Texcoco) from Mexico City, has been dedicated to music for twenty years. A lover of transfeminity and Mexican tradition, La Bruja was born in Texcoco, into a world of rituals, armadillo shells and the depth of the night. “I did not find La Bruja, she found me ...”I stand firm and proud, wearing my huipil (traditional Mexican indigenous garment) that has a thousand colors and speaks to the wind." La Bruja De Texcoco is a music performance project born out of a rejection of masculinity in Mexican music. La Bruja takes traditional Mexican music down a feminine path, into a fabulous world full of extravagance, sequins, masks and huipiles.
youtu.be/p3Fa7DqwJbE | labrujadetexcoco.bandcamp.com

┆DAZZLE LIGHTS: A Psychotropic Journey with Los Síquicos Litoraleños
"𝘌𝘯𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘯 𝘓𝘶𝘤𝘦𝘴, 𝘝𝘪𝘢𝘫𝘦 𝘗𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘰𝘵𝘳𝘰́𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘰 𝘊𝘰𝘯 𝘓𝘰𝘴 𝘚𝘪́𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘤𝘰𝘴 𝘓𝘪𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘯̃𝘰𝘴" | 80 𝘮𝘪𝘯, 𝘌𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘚𝘶𝘣𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦𝘴]
From the Curuzú Cuatiá in the rural heart of the Argentine Northeast and, a group of quirky musicians invent a new sound: psychedelic chamamé folk. They are Los Siquicos Litoraleños, also lovingly dubbed as "The Pink Floyd of the Poor". "Dazzle Lights" is a docufilm that follows the band and their surroundings. They are inadvertently the instigators of a fresh take on things in the music scene before deciding to step out of it, showing more interest in cultural debates about chamamé, UFOs and mushrooms instead.
facebook.com/encandilanluces | teaser: https://vimeo.com/300580206

woensdag 23 oktober 2019

Thursday 14 November - Vrooom #76

Thursday 14 November 2019



location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:00 / entrance: 7 euro
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This night we're hosting the seven-piece (!) band of Jeroen Kimman. They will play a unique live concert that owes more to Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota, and the experimentalism of early studio pioneers such as The Three Suns, Les Baxter and Martin Denny, than to other contemporary attempts at eclecticism. Next to that there's engaging solo sets by ex- Sightings Mark Morgan, and Gaute Granli. Another edition chock-full of idiosyncratic, GREAT music!

Orquesta Del Tiempo Perdido is the brainchild of musician and composer Jeroen Kimman. The music of this ambitious project is an eclectic, ‘post- everything’ amalgam, taking on aspects of contemporary classical music, jazz, experimental electro-acoustic, math-rock, pop, non-Western folklore, exotica and vaudeville. The points of reference are deftly approached on their own terms, and recontextualised in impossible composites. While playing most of the instruments of the Orquesta on the acclaimed "Stille" release on Shhpuma, Kinman rounded up some of Netherland’s most creative musicians, not only for the album but also for this unique live show at Vrooom!
• Onno Govaert – timbales & glockenspiel
• Salvoandrea Lucifora ­– sousafoon & trombone
• Mark Morse – lapsteel & field recordings
• Floris van Bergeijk – synth
• Tristan Renfrow: – drums
• Jasper Stadhouders – bass & guitar
• Jeroen Kimman – guitar


Mark Morgan is mostly known as the guitarist and singer of Sightings, the New York City based avant rockers that existed from 1998 to 2013. This trio was described as a band exploring the outer reaches of sound by The Wire, Village Voice and Pitchfork among others. They released 10 full-length albums on Load, Ecstatic Peace, Fusetron and Dais, in addition to a few 7" singles. They extensively toured the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. Morgan also collaborated with No Neck Blues Band member Pat Murano in Key of Shame which released two separate albums on Italian labels Planam and Holidays. Morgan’s most recent release is his first solo guitar record Department of Heraldry released on Bill Nace’s Open Mouth.
Sightings | markcharlesmorgan.bandcamp.com

Gaute Granli’s solo project has been his main musical output for the past five years where he explores a range of abstract and bizarre territories. He combines chanting, guitar, a range of effects with analog sampling and creates a dark and industrial sound. The music is freely improvised as well as composed. He's got two cassette albums out on Skussmaal: "Velkommen til Forus" and "Ingen Potetsekk Whatsoever". His third solo album is an LP/CD called "Animalskt", released in 2017 on Drid Machine Records and Unhinged. Drid Machine Records has also released a split vinyl with Gaute Granli and Clifford Torus.

zaterdag 5 oktober 2019

Saturday 5 October - Vrooom #75

Saturday 5 October 2019

Vrooom #75: Instruments Make Play on tour


location: Wijnbar Koffie & Ambacht – Ebenhaëzerstraat 52A, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:00 / entrance: 7 euro


Tonight's Vrooom event is an Instruments Make Play (see for more info below) festival spin-off with mindblowing performances from Jasna Veličković, Anton Mobin, Calum Stirling, and Chris Meighan. These performances are part of a small tour which also includes shows in Amsterdam (Oct 4 @ De Fabriek Volkskamer) and Deventer (Oct 6 @ Kunstenlab).

Jasna and Anton first met at WORM last December during the Instruments Make Play festival, where they demonstrated their own creations; Jasna’s Velicon and Anton’s Prepared Chamber. Since then, it obviously made sense for them to start working together as a duo, as their approach to the instruments seemed complementary and the aesthetics they each develop in their music could offer an innovative new musical form.
http://jasnavelickovic.com | http://antonmobin.blogspot.com

Calum Stirling's multidisciplinary art practice includes sculpture, sound, moving image and architectural intervention. He will be bringing his own developed, self-built Remote Village aka The Frolicsome Engines with him. This 64-channel electromechanical sound orchestra is part drum machine, part lo-fi sequencer that plays compositions with magnetic pedals on re-used musical instruments, children's toys and workplace waste. From angular staccato to loose swing, Calum's machine plays beats that are infected by the mechanical peculiarities and limitations of the unique construction of this machine. It's like a bastardization of a traditional fairground organ that tries to replicate the sound of an 808 drum machine, but ends up sounding like the rhythmic bump & grind of a regional British train as it bangs, squeaks and rattles.


Chris Meighan makes danceable electro with his 'Koffersynth' (suitcase synth), an all-in-one synthesizer, sequencer and drum computer built into an 80s Samsonite briefcase. He has been working on it for four years. The Koffersynth also provides video images. This creates a comprehensive multimedia experience.
http://www.chrismeighan.com/ | https://instrumentsmakeplay.nl/album/chris-meighan

About Instruments Make Play:
Instruments Make Play is an event and production platform for self invented musical instruments and its inventors / makers. It takes shape in the form of live concerts, exchange, workshops, exhibitions and residencies. The first events were launched in November and December 2017, in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and Deventer. Instruments Make Play is Initiated, programmed and produced by Lukas Simonis, Julie Dassaud and Harco Rutgers.

dinsdag 24 september 2019

Thursday 3 October - Europalia Romania

Thursday 3 October 2019

Vrooom x Europalia Romania:

┆ETTO BUBU – visuals

location: V11 – Wijnhaven t/o 101, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 end: 02:00 / presale: 8€
tickets (LIMITED CAPACITY!): https://pantropical.stager.nl/web/tickets/371476

This night we will be taking a deep dive into Romania's captivating music scene. Together with co-hosts Sandwich Island, we proudly present lush Maneletronic pop, eclectic DJ sets and visuals. This event is co-organised in close collaboration with Europalia Arts Festival Romania. Take note: this is the first Vrooom-related event to take place on the V11 ship!

The music of this illustrious duo epitomizes much of Future Nuggets' trademark "Maneletronics", a style that incorporates Manele (or more specifically "proto-manele") which is a form of folk pop from Romania with influences from all over the Balkan. Proto-Manele was the soundtrack to the wedding parties in Romania during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Raze de Soare's "Albatros" EP on Future Nuggets is a spirited tribute to one of the most locally famous proto-manele bands, the eponymous Albatros. Raze de Soare mixes dope bass and lush synth melodies into a chilled psychedelic ‘80s sound to dance to.

Dragoş Rusu has been a prominent presence in Bucharest’s alternative music scene for over a decade. A DJ, journalist and music adventurer, he is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Attic Magazine; an online music platform that covers a wide variety of music and promotes Romanian artists and music culture worldwide. Rusu's DJ sets know no boundaries, he can be spotted playing textural Techno or Acid House as well as intriguing outernational oddities; African, Greek, Turkish, Arabic rhythms, and occasionally contemporary gypsy music. Since 2016, Dragoş has been the artistic director and curator of the acclaimed Outernational Days, a festival of music and related arts that digs deep into various subcultures positioned at the periphery of the international sphere.
https://soundcloud.com/dragos_rusu | http://the-attic.net

Bogman is one of Bucharest's most versatile DJs. In the early ‘90s, he started a HipHop show for Radio Nova 22, the first independent radio station in Bucharest, and initiated the first Romanian HipHop parties. Later on he set up a series of social events together with DJ Vasile that turned a small games house into the The Web Club; a legendary place that every cool kid in town hung out at. In 2001, Bogman jumped the fence to New York, where he worked at the Turntable Lab store and became a resident DJ for Apt, and Nublu. Nowadays he is one of the programmers at the Control Club, one of the most important alternative music clubs in Bucharest.

┆ETTO BUBU┆– visuals
Computer games & interactive human things, devised by a human being, living and working in R'dam.



Since 1969, EUROPALIA has been organising arts biennales, each focusing on a different guest country. Its four-month multidisciplinary programme comprises hundreds of events throughout Belgium and in other European countries. EUROPALIA enthralls a broad European audience not only with exhibitions, but also with performing arts, music, literature, conferences and film. Heritage plays a significant part, but the contemporary scene is also generously covered; new creations and interaction between artists from the guest country and from Europe receive particular attention. EUROPALIA provides insights that avoid Eurocentrism. It stimulates open dialogue between cultures in an atmosphere of trust.

donderdag 29 augustus 2019

Wednesday 11 September - Vrooom #73

Wednesday 11 September 2019



location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 end: 23:00 / entrance: 7 euro

First Vrooom after the summer. Our probes have scanned the peripheral music scene of Argentina and found Vic Bang's cheerful micro tunes And Yoto's dadaesque electroclash. Görkem Arıkan will present his impressive “ARMonic” performance, utilizing a self-made gesture-based system. Music performances to liven up your otherwise presumably boring Wednesday evening.

Yoto is the off-the-wall solo project of Ignacio Sandoval; an artist born in Córdoba, Argentina. After being a singer, drummer and guitarist in multiple bands, he began working with SunVox (a modular synthesizer with a pattern-based sequencer) in 2017. Ignacio samples his own voice, various instruments and the sounds of all kinds of objects, resulting in a noisy collage of fractured but danceable rhythms. This all builds up to a rather explosive live performance. Next to his releases on Abyss, and Agva he also self-released seven other albums.

Victoria Barca is a self-taught musician​ who performs solo as Vic Bang. Like Yoto, she is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She creates joyful micro songs using samples, guitar loops, cute melodies and stuttering rhythms. She has been part of a wide variety of music projects since 2006 and recently performed at MUTEK festival. Her latest recordings were released by Abyss; currently one of the most exciting electronica labels in Argentina.

Görkem Arıkan is an interdisciplinary artist who creates gesture-based audiovisual performance systems, embracing the aesthetics of failure. He is the co-founder of A.I.D (Art Is Dead) which is non-profit collective that organises experimental music and performance events in Turkey. Görkem recently graduated from the Institute of Sonology and STEIM masters, where he built "ARMonic", which aims for an intimate relationship between the computer and body.

dinsdag 2 juli 2019

Wednesday 10 July - Vrooom #72

Wednesday 10 July 2019



location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 end: 23:00 / entrance: 7 euro

Vrooom skipped June but is back in full (d)ef(f)ect at Klooster Oude Noorden this month. On the program: the Rotterdam premiere of a brand new piece by Andy Moor (THE EX) and Yannis Kyriakides, a solo set by Lucie Nezri, and a duo set by Elvis Homan and Stefan Lievestro. An evening of celestial turkeys, sonological exploration, the soundtracking of dream texts, and more.

Sleep Talk is a new project by Yannis Kyriakides and Andy Moor (The Ex). Using dreams as source material, an algorithm generates sound based on the texts that are fed into it. The sounds originate from a three-day recording session in Venice during the Biennale, at the French Pavilion in October 2018. In concert Andy and Yannis add their performance and improvisation skills to create an intense, full soundtrack to the dream texts which are projected on a screen. The recorded voices of Scottish composer Genevieve Murphy and Italian comtemporary dancer Valentina Campora are added in English and Italian, retelling the dream and adding another layer to the this rich dense world of sound, words and image.
Andy Moor (The Ex) – guitar | Yannis Kyriakides – electronics
https://www.kyriakides.com | @andymoortheexpage

Lucie Nezri is a composer, performer, and DJ from France, currently studying at the Institute of Sonology. in her eclectic artistic practice, Nezri is drawn towards the use of probabilities, deviations and subjectivism. The more she carries on her explorations, the more she feels the need to get back to words and play with language as a compositional starting point.

Rotterdam-based duo who traverse the realm that stretches from ethereal beauty and bliss to mayhem and destruction. Stefan Lievestro has recorded with a wide variety of artists and performed with jazz artists like Freddie Hubbard, Pat Metheny, Gregory Porter, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Next to that he leads two bands of his own and is the founder of Mainland Records. Elvis Homan is a Slovenian drummer and composer, who graduated at Codarts in 2017. He is a regular member and band leader of Quartzite 4tet.
Elvis Homan – drums, electronics, compositions | Stefan Lievestro – bass, pedal steel, electronics, compositions

This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie.

dinsdag 30 april 2019

Thursday 9 May - Vrooom #71

Thursday 9 May 2019


┆20 GUILDERS (Acid Mothers Temple, Miminokoto)

location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:55 / entrance: 7 euro

Vrooom is checking in at Klooster Oude Noorden for an evening of catchy songs and playful sound. 20 Guilders is the Tokyo-Based duo of Suzuki Junzo and Mitsuru Tabata, who play dreamy acid-folk songs. Tabata is a founding member of the Hanatarash and Boredoms, and is also known for his involvement in Acid Mothers Temple and Zeni Geva. Suzuki Junzo usually plays solo guitar noise sets and is a member of Miminokoto. Sam Gas Can indulges in meta-pop-art. Gigaldi Gratt will play the Flügelhorn alongside Richie Herbst's analog modular synthesizer explorations.

┆20 GUILDERS┆jp - Tabata Mitsuru & Suzuki Junzo
Famed Tokyo troublemakers Tabata Mitsuru and Suzuki Junzo got together to create dreamy psych-folk as the duo 20 Guilders. With lots of experience between them as (ex-) members of Acid Mothers Temple, Zeni Geva, Miminokoto, Overhang Party, etc, they incorporate influences from around the globe in their refined repertoire of catchy psych songs. Based on the straightforward, gentle guitarwork of Junzo and the heartfelt singing of Tabata, their songs are often peaceful, but also contain occasional bursts of fuzz.
20guilders.bandcamp.com | http://suzukijunzo.org

Sam Gaskin has been playing and recording music for more than ten years under the moniker of Sam Gas Can, with which has released a wide variety of releases. He played various instruments in free-form bands like Sunburned Hand of the Man, and Egg, Eggs [sic]. His unique vision of DIY self-expression salutes the original cassette culture generation with a precise use of pop song structures and with a sparkling sense of humour. He is very much of the Jad Fair school of thought; put something in his hands and he will be able to play, and play it "well". Think also of R. Stevie Moore, early Beck or Vyto B.

These guys are key players in the Austrian experimental music scene. Richie Herbst is a musician and sound activist based in Graz, often credited simply as Herbst. Beside performing solo, Herbst is part of FS Massaker and the Regolith band, and has collaborated with ZS, Tumido (with Gratt), Armin Steiner (of Thilges3), Christof Kurzmann, Fred Frith, and many others. He is also the cofounder of the label Interstellar Records. Christian Gratt is a renowned Austrian guitarist, bassist, trumpeter and composer, who plays solo shows, composes musical scores, and collaborates in many different musical settings.
https://herbst.klingt.org | http://www.gigigratt.at