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.