maandag 12 november 2018

Wednesday 14 November VROOOM #65


┆SAX RUINS (Tatsuya Yoshida & Ono Ryoko / Ipecac Recordings)
┆PISITAKUN (th / Chinabot)
┆LAFIDKI (kh / Chinabot)
┆Chris Baas – DJ

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:30 / entrance: 7 euro
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Vrooom goes Far East. Minimalist in instrumentation, maximalist in compositional complexity, the hyper-kinetic instrumental rock duo Sax Ruins comprises Yoshida Tatsuya and Ono Ryoko. Yoshida is the most important and innovative drummer in Japanese avant-garde music of the past 30 years. Ono Ryoko is one of the best saxophone players in Japanese improv. Next to the post-human, ultra-nimble mathematical bludgeon of this pair we're also excited to host two artists of Chinabot – a collective created to change the dialogue surrounding Asian music.

Drummer extraordinaire Yoshida Tatsuya and saxophonist extraordinaire Ono Ryoko form the tag team Sax Ruins. This duo packs more ideas and time signature changes into their two-minute songs than most artists can fit on an entire album. The albums "Yawiquo" (on Mike Patton's Ipecac, 2009) and "Brimmguass (Skin Graft, 2014) are jaw-dropping works of extremely dense and pure musicianship, comparable to a big band playing progressive Jazz-hardcore.

┆LAFIDKI┆kh / uk
Lafidki is a London-based sound/visual artist who has been releasing experimental electronic since 2008. He is the founder of Chinabot, a platform / collective created to change the dialogue surrounding Asian music. Born in a refugee camp in Phanat Nikhon (Thailand) to Cambodian refugee parents who fled Pol Pot's regime, Lafidki was raised in France. His music is an confluence of ideas, synthesising multiple underrepresented histories, geographies, musical genres and cultural signifiers into compelling, colourful sonic material that packs contemporaneous dancefloor weight. He released his EP ‘Absynthax’ via Orange Milk records.

Pisitakun Kuantalaeng is an artist from Bangkok, Thailand. Visual and performance elements inspired by historical (political) events feed into his experimental music. His album "Black Country" (2016) deals with a country full of dialogues between dark voices. As Thai history currently unfolds under martial law following the military coup on 22 May 2014 – the thirteenth since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932 – Pisitakun’s music and art represents a decisive break from many of his Thai peers: he questions fundamental and increasingly universal values without merely decrying corruption, or offering palliatives. Pisitakun's works are based on political speculation and the external and internal frustrations artists are subject to.


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

vrijdag 19 oktober 2018

Friday 26 October VROOOM #64

Friday 26 October 2018

Vrooom #64


location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 00:00 / entrance: €7,-
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We're hopping over to the Klooster in Rotterdam Noord with this fine double bill. Charalambides will play a live concert as part of their anticipated first European tour since 2011. Rafael Toral is a sound alchemist who has been top of our list for a long time, we're excited to have him join us this night.

Charalambides' Tom & Christina Carter create a vision of iconoclastic music as transformative force. Touching on the outer limits of acid folk, psych rock, and improvisation, their sound is uniquely personal & consistent. Since 1991, they have released albums on labels like Siltbreeze, kranky & Wholly Other. Despite Tom and Christina’s solo careers and other projects, Charalambides has existed in an unbroken trajectory for over two-and-a-half-decades, outlasting the genres that critics have tried to cram them into. Their recent performances and recordings retain the directness and delicate menace that mark their early releases. Charalambides' new album on Drawing Room entwines their best known approaches into a raw, fragile, wordless and hypnotic whole. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to catch this unique duo live on stage.

Rafael Toral is an influential Lisbon-born musician who mostly works with electronics. During the nineties he created blends of (guitar-based) ambient to critical acclaim. In a transition to more vulnerable action, he launched the 'Space Program' in 2004; an ambitious long-term project exploring an approach to electronic music based on silence, through decision making and physical gesture, in a way inspired by post-free Jazz. The resulting music, “melodic without notes, rhythmic with no beat, familiar but strange, meticulous but radically free – riddled with paradox but full of clarity and space”, has been described as “a brand of electronic music far more visceral and emotive than that of his cerebral peers”. Rafael is also active in visual and spatial arts. He has engaged in numerous collaborations with Jim O’Rourke, Chris Corsano, Evan Parker, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Christian Marclay, Sonic Youth, Rhys Chatham, Lee Ranaldo, C Spencer Yeh, and many others.

We wonder what 'Boshoer' actually means to our francophone guest DJ. At Vrooom he's keen to demonstrate his oddball ideas about 'party' music. Our faith in the Boshoer is strong, always.


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

woensdag 19 september 2018

Wednesday 26 September: VROOOM #63

Wednesday 26 September 2018



location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 00:00 / entrance: €4,-
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TAKE NOTE: CHARALAMBIDES will NOT be performing at Vrooom this evening due to an unfortunate planning mistake on our behalf. We'll do our utmost best to get the band to perform in October.

Vrooom #63 and the remaining line up will now take place for a reduced entrance fee of 4 euros.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Brand new Rotterdam-based outfit featuring Hugo Costa (saxophone), Philipp Ernsting (drums) and Josué Amador (guitar). Anticlan plays adventurous improvised music. Sometimes you'll get to hear intense distorted guitar rock and explosive sax and drums, while at other times things are subtle, quiet and contemplative. Anticlan engage in a multitude of moods. They have just released their excellent debut album "Volcano hour" through Creative Sources.

Juan Antonio Nieto is a prolific soundartist from Spain who plays live electronics using field recordings as raw material. In his music he meticulously dissects then incorporates very specific sounds but also celebrates the glitch, the digital error; revelling in imperfections. Juan's music has been featured in various art installations, modern dance pieces, (silent) movies, and has been documented through a slew of releases (some of them under his alias Pangea) on different labels (Trente Oiseaux, Moozak, Plus Timbre, etc.). He has collaborated with Brazilian composer Leo Alves Vieira, composer Kenji Siratori, turntablist Maria Chavez, among others.


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

woensdag 18 juli 2018

20.07.2018 - things to do while there is no VROOOM

While VROOOM is having a break we recommend to check out the amazing Romperayo and others over at Pantropical in WORM. Romperayo is a fantastic band from Bogotá; a fast moving musical journey through Colombian tropical folklore. The 4-piece with drummer extraordinaire Pedro Ojada (Los Pirañas, Chúpame El Dedo, etc.) at the helm is part of the forward-thinking Colombian music scene that re-interprets its own roots in unorthodox ways. Deltatron from Lima is one of the most representative artists of Peru’s current electronic dance music scene.

FRIDAY 20 JULY 2018 – pantropical:

✹ ROMPERAYO (co | los pirañas, chupameeldedo)
✹ DELTATRON (pe | terror negro records)
✹ PANDA LASSOW (roffa)
✹ JONATHAN CASTRO (pe) – visuals

location: WORM – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
22:00 – 04:00 | presale: €7 / door: €8
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zondag 8 juli 2018

Thursday 12 July: VROOOM #62

Thursday 12 July 2018

Vrooom #62


location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:30 / entrance: € 6,-
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Vrooom #62 is where an ingenious instrument developer will present her unique creations, where the rambling musical styles of a Roffa-based New Zealander can be heard one last time (he's moving to Hamburg soon), and where the up-and-coming French electronica artist Raymonde will create stunning musical dialogues. Add to that the selections of mister expert ear Le Romph, and you'll have more startling combinations than a hot summer Thursday can handle. Last one before our summer break!


Dianne is a performer, composer and instrument developer. She seeks the ultimate personal form of musical expression in the creation and performance of electroacoustic music. She operates within different contexts as a double bass, and cello player but Dianne's craving for making and performing expressive electronic and electroacoustic music inspired her to build the electronic instrument 'La Diantenne'. The 'Bellyhorn' is her second self-built instrument, developed during a residency at Gaudeamus Muziekweek in cooperation with four designers (David Menting, Daniëlle van Lunteren, Toon Welling and Quinten Swagerman) based at Vechtclub XL in Utrecht. The 'Pulseyarn' is her third creation; a big pendulum to create rhythms on the spot.


Deze Software is Shareware is the rambling musical styles of a Roffa-based New Zealander. A self-proclaimed degenerate punk who says this is not a throwback to former selves nor the lonesome half to E-Kare, but rather a patched release of abandonware/freeware/shareware smeared across an array of VG consoles. Deze Software is Shareware is a reflection of Householder, a rotation about Givens and a search for identity from a failed computational mathematician, this is nonsense. In reality, Deze Software is Shareware is a live reading of Paulo Freire's 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed' and an ode to the plight of the schoonmaker.


Raymonde is the alias of Thibault de Raymond; an electronica artist from Lyon. Thibault became active in music around 2001, played guitar influenced by what he calls afro-noise. He then co-founds the group Pan Pan Pan, and goes solo with Raymonde in 2008. With his main project he creates stunning musical dialogues between interlaced electronic tools: 4-track recorders, 80s samplers, grooveboxes, delays, and a quadraphonic sound system. The interaction between the four speakers generate a spatial, polyrythmic and percussive effect, and the tape recordings reproduce, through the particularity of its sound, the 'old' cry of raging synths and 'hijacked' guitars; a nod to Noise music that Raymonde loves so much. He recently recorded his forthcoming album on Brussels' finest imprint VLEK at Les Ateliers Claus. Quality stuff!

DJ who has fallen victim to contemporary musical omnivorism, which shows in his mixes. Proto-techno? Check. Oriental synth experiments? Included. Exotic leftfield boogie? Got it. Industrial balearics? It's there! Le Romph will be a fine addition to the live performances of this Vrooom.


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

woensdag 6 juni 2018

Wednesday 13 June: VROOOM #61

Wednesday 13 June 2018


FELL – Simon Berz & Toktek


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 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.

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.

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.


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

zondag 13 mei 2018

Thursday 17 May: VROOOM #60

Thursday 17 May 2018


–– 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)

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

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.

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.

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.