maandag 23 november 2015

Thu, Nov 26: VROOOM #32 @ new Post Office

We're excited about the VROOOM initiation rite at the brand new Post Office headquarters, sandwiched right between Annabel and the Schieblock. This will be an evening dedicated to mindblowing performances by Eli Gras and Frédéric Le Junter, with their unique self-built instruments topped off with SK Kakraba's first live appearance in Rotterdam. Added ftw bonus: this new venue is the former Masonic lodge of Rotterdam.

date: Thursday, November 26
location: Post Office / Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 20:30 / entrance: €6

Frederic began to construct his unique instruments with found objects in 1984; a bizarre, partly mechanical assemblage of strings, winds and percussions. Little by little he managed to formulate a singular vocabulary of sounds that inspired him to consider music as landscape. Frederic presents his machines in the shape of 'automatic facilities' in exhibition centres and concert venues alike, giving partly improvised concerts.

Self-taught artist who has travelled a long musical path, from experimental to electropop, via Greek music, minimalism, folk, choral music, noise, etc. Eli's performance is based on experimental improvisation, using a portable set of instruments that she designed and built; sound plants, string-sequencer, bounce harp and prepared guitar. She has performed with many artists around Europe (Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Alain Wergifosse, etc.), and is founder / director of the NoNoLogic Festival (Spain) and the La Olla Expréss record label, and occasionally does workshops, and lectures.

SK KAKRABA (gh / Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Sk Kakraba was born in Saru, a small farming community in the northern region of Ghana, which is known for its many great xylophone players. His uncle, Kakraba Lobi, was one of the first gyil players to tour, lecture and record internationally. Sk Kakraba undertook traditional training in xylophone from a young age. Later, he was brought to Accra by his uncle to work as a performer and instructor at the International Center for African Music at the University of Ghana. From 2000, SK began touring internationally, performing in Jordan, Switzerland, and seven African countries. In 2002, he released his first recording “Gandayina: Xylophone Music of Ghana” (Pentatonic Press). In 2012 SK relocated to Los Angeles and began working with local musicians to create a new blend of traditional and modern music. He also began performing for children in schools and giving workshops to American music teachers. He is currently working on a book with Doug Goodkin of Gyil music adaptable to Orff instruments.

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