maandag 17 december 2018

Thursday 20 December VROOOM #67

Thursday 20 December 2018



location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:55 / entrance: €6,-

We're wrapping up another eventful year. Vrooom #67 focuses on local artists exlusively. Icelander Berghaim plays synth-based pop that involves storytelling about ducks, magicians, and gatekeepers. Zoontoon and Alerta engage in a loopstation-ed and casio-ed audiovisual show. Furthermore, expect a 180 degree stylistic turn between Manira Star & Leah Uijterlinde, and noisemongers Boterklontje. It's gonna be goood Vrooom vibes again.

Berghaim is the alter ego of Icelander Bergur Thomas Anderson, who presents a hybrid show that includes synth-based pop, storytelling and performance art, that reminds us of the esoteric mysticism of Die Welttraumforscher or the Moomins. Berghaim is a voice in progress, finding perfection in imperfection. Having previously played in bands like Grísalappalísa and Oyama, Bergur says in an interview: “When I moved to the Netherlands, all of a sudden I had nobody to make music with”. “So I started writing music on my own, which evolved into making music for performance pieces.” A pop-orientated full-length album that includes recordings made in the WORM studio is in the process of being completed.

Manira Star aka Bintang Manira Manik focuses on tribal chant, percussive ambient and soundscapes. 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 in New Delhi. At this event Bintang will be accompanied by singer Leah Uijterlinde who just finished her Jazz studies at Codarts.

Zoontoon is a Rotterdam-based artist who experiments with a loopstation and a self-modified SK-1 Casio keyboard, combined with Northern African-type rhythms, hypnotizing loops and melodies. At Vrooom #67, Zoontoon will be enhanced by the geometric and symmetric graphics courtesy of VJ Alerta; a Chilean/Dutch artist whose main source of inspiration are symbols and folkloric expression from various indigenous cultures. Zoontoon

Boterklontje is the 99% female noise trio of Vanita Monk (electric guitar), Linda Nijboer (no-input mixer) and Johanna Monk (no-input mixer). A bit like like "that scene from a war movie where everyone got blown up and you're hobbling across the battlefield like a half-deaf soldier and that persistent ringing in your ears."


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

maandag 3 december 2018




festival / fair for newly invented, self-built music instruments

location: WORM Rotterdam – Boomgaardsstraat 71
14:00 – 20:00 | entrance 8 €

Instruments Make Play is a new platform for the inventors / players of newly invented, unconventional musical instruments. On Saturday December 8, from 2 PM to 8 PM, Instruments Make Play presents an extensive program in WORM, which is basically 50/50 festival and fair for both public and makers. Throughout the day there are continuous performances and showcases to see and listen to, in addition to the many installations that are on view. Additionally, there's Noodle Bar's electrical and modular afterparty for the real diehard, in the WORM foyer afterwards.

PARTICIPANTS / ARTISTS (line up subject to change): 

• Anton Mobin
• Arthur Bennis / Sinneb
• Bart Koppe
• Daniel Maalman
• Dennis Verschoor
• Ed Devane
• Gijs Gieskes
• Gert-Jan Prins & Bas Van Koolwijk
• Guoda Dirzyte
• Harmen G. Zijp (tbc)
• Jan Schellink
• Jasna Velickovic
• Jochem Van Tol
• Kacper Ziemianin / Ctrl Freqs.
• Karel Van Der Eijk
• Krijn Hendriksen / I Love Trash
• Magnetoceptia
• Martijn Verhallen / Reverse Landfill
• Michele Abolaffio
• Mina Kim
• Neon & Landa
• Niek Hilkmann
• Paul Tas
• Piers Titus Van Der Toren
• Radboud Mens
• Rik Wijngaards
• Roald Van Dillewijn
• Rob Hordijk
• SONICrider
• Till Bovermann
• Victor En Owen
• Woodstone Kugelblitz


[ about: ] 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.

eventpic: the 'Carbophon' by Andreas Oskar Hirsch

maandag 19 november 2018

Wednesday 21 November VROOOM #66


┆DJ No See Jazz

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:30 / entrance: 6 euro
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On this evening: Apricot My lady is sound bros Adam and Jonathan Bohman, Anne La Berge, and Lukas Simonis. As a four-piece band they make music that sits on it’s desert island waiting for nobody, heard by everybody. The duo Maria Carlas and Mylo Cywitz present a costumed show that sounds like a garagey electronic opera. Stopping by from Germany: the "outernational" Spiritczualic Enhancement Center; an eclectic ensemble with rootst in different cities and countries who create ritualistic and devotional instrumentals.


Apricot My Lady comprises sound mavericks Adam and Jonathan Bohman, Anne La Berge and Lukas Simonis. Formed in 2003, the quartet joyously make borderline music using found objects, text, voice, samples, filters, mixers, pedals, violins, guitars and flutes. It might be (un)interesting to know whether this music is supposed to be ‘improvised’ or ‘composed’ or ‘heavily processed’ or even ‘spontaneously erected’. It’s all that and less, or none of that and more. Influences are: Fluxus, Cage, de Band Zonder Naam, and Ubiquity (not the software).

This eclectic ensemble can be described as a sort of free beat resonance field with a revolving cast of players. At Vrooom they're are going to be a quintet that creates spontaneous instrumentals that are ritualistic, strange and devotional. Following concerts at Fusion Festival in Berlin, the Outernational Days in Bucharest, and the New Hamburg festival, they have three releases coming up: "Transporting Salt" on Crash Symbols, "Who Corrupted Our Wave, Back in 1969?" on Kinship; and a vinyl release entitled "Me and My Students Have Reached Higher Levels" on Cheb Gero's Akuphone, scheduled for early 2019.

Maria Carlas (aka Carla Genchi) is a classicaly-trained singer from Italy who studied at the Nino Rota Conservatory in Monopoli. Carlas teamed up with Mylo Cywitz; a German vocalist and composer based in the Netherlands. The voices of this duo are embedded in an orchestral environment created by their samplers and electronics. Maria layers her operatic voice and impulsive key work onto Mylo's classical industrial compositions.


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

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.

dinsdag 10 april 2018

The Master Musicians Of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar in Rotterdam

VROOOM recommends:


Pantropical x Arab Film Festival:

DJ Duckfood
DJ Chris Baas

location: WORM – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
start: 20:30 | end: 02:00 | presale: 12,50 | door: 15,00

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!

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.

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!

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.

maandag 26 maart 2018

Wednesday 4 April: VROOOM #59

Wednesday 4 April 2018 – Vrooom & Camera Japan presents:



location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:30 / entrance: 8 euro (cash only)

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.

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.

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.

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.

dinsdag 6 maart 2018

Friday 16 March: VROOOM #58

Friday 16 March 2018


–– ZO-ON SLOWS (cn)
–– JOKER NIES (de)

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 00:00 / entrance: 7 euro (cash only)

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 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.

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.

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”.

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.


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

maandag 12 februari 2018

Friday 16 February: VROOOM #57


– 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 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.


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.

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.

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.

donderdag 18 januari 2018

Friday 19 January: VROOOM #56


– 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 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.

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.

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.


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