zondag 12 mei 2024

Friday 24 May - Klangendum presents: 'Asvogels van Roffa' – V/A perform scores inspired by Ernö Kiràly




Klangendum presents: 

Dutch composer/musician Hans 'Hansko' Visser wrote a score inspired by the work and life of the late Hungarian/Yugoslav composer, ethnomusicologist and instrument builder Ernö Kiràly. Initiated and organised by Visser, and hosted by Klangendum, this event premieres four different performances of the score by various artists/composers that formed new groups for this occasion.

his "bio-graphical" score, Hans Visser tries to encapsulate and reinterpret Ernö Király's world by means of linocut prints and poetry, which are accompanied by compositional guidelines for the music of "Kemenymadar/Asvogel in Orgelpark". The score is linked to themes of war and resilience during war time, as well as the sharing of responsibility and freedom alike, through composing and playing music.

location: Oude Kerk Charlois – Charloisse Kerksingel 35, Rotterdam
20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:00 / entrance: €12- (pin or cash)



Four composers, with each
their own respective ad hoc ensembles, will present their version of the “motherscore”: Kemenymadar / Asvogel / BirdfromtheChimney versions VVIII

Info about the artists
and composers:

Eva-Maria Houben (Krefeld) - version for: (portative) organ, guitar, double bass, metal and stones
□ performers: Hansko Visser, Lukas Simonis, Eva-Maria Houben

Mojca Zupancic (Groningen/Slovenia): wrote “and again, intentionally”
performers: Amy Zuidema, Aurelie Journot, Melisa Delgados, and Mojca Zupancic

Filippo Gillono (Ghent/Torino) - version for accordion, bass clarinet, guitar, bassoon, electronics and soprano voice
performers: Maris Pajuste - soprano voice, electronics / Carlo Sampaolesi – accordion / Marcello Giannandrea – bassoon / FIlippo Gillono - acoustic guitar, electronics

Lukas Simonis, Henk Bakr, Fra Zedde & Nina Hitz (Rotterdam) - version for guitar, cello, bass clarinet and effects
performers: Simonis, Bakker, Zedde, Hitz


about Ernö Kiràly:

Composer and ethnomusicologist Ernö Kiràly (1919, Subotica, Kingdom of Yugoslavia - 2007, Novi Sad, Serbia) had a strong interest in folk music, improvisation, instrument building, unconventional tunings and graphic scores. In regard to his composition style, his creative method had more in common with the American avant-garde (improvisation, instrument building, composer-performer, and multi-instrumentalism) than with the dogmatically rigid European compositional practice.
He started focussing on ethnomusicology, which was the decisive factor in his career, in the 1950s, when he began collecting the vocal and instrumental music of the people of the Vojvodina region (the autonomous, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural province that occupies the northernmost part of Serbia and which is inhabited by predominantly Hungarians, Serbs, Croats, Slovaks, and Romani) and its folk instruments (zithers, drums, flutes and fifes). He collected over 3000 folk songs and published many books documenting them

about Hans Visser:
Hans Visser (Vriezenveen, 1966), plays and writes. He is best known for his work in Plan Kruutntoone, an international band/ensemble, on the edge between composed and improvised music. Visser also writes autonomous work and music for film and theater.

zaterdag 2 december 2023

Saturday 9 December - Vrooom #100: All Us Dada, Shall We?, Jacco Weener, Dominee Lieuwe Zelle





Vrooom #100


location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:00 / entrance: €10,- (pin or cash)

The 100th and last Vrooom is organised by Lukas Simonis.

By now, most of you probably heard something about it, but here's why Vrooom is calling it quits after edition #100. Earlier this year, the City of Rotterdam (or more precisely: the Culture Advisory Committee of the Municipality of Rotterdam) decided to withdraw their support for the Vrooom series with regard to the 2024 season.
This effectively means that we would not be able to continue the series in a financially viable manner (in a nutshell: provide decent performance fees for the artists and cover expenses). Vrooom decided not to contest this decision, but rather take this (combined with other considerations) as a cue to conclude things. We've done a hundred events in 13 years (not counting the many supplementary 'specials' and 'Readymades' organised by Lukas, or the collabs with Koffie & Ambacht, etc.). It has run its course, it's been good, het is wel goed zo.
We hope you've enjoyed it... thank you all!
- Lukas & Sascha


All Us Dada is a new collaboration between Gerri Jäger and actor Gerindo Kartadinata.
This project is a kaleidoscope of text and sound that questions how to relate to a system that has established the biggest division between the rich and poor (the wealthy and the poor) ever, the system that is ruining our planet and that deprives us more and more from the ability of self-determination.

Shall We? is a trio that exists in multiple simultaneous sonic temporalities. Their sound is a mystical deja-vu of a traverso (a baroque flute) played by Dorota Matejová, algorithmic coding texturality by eerie_ear aka Sebastián Pappalardo, and Tisa N. Herlec's voice; a voice that escapes time while tracing narratives. Their phantasmagoric sonic world embraces the listeners strongly while gazing straight into their depths.

Jacco Weener is a performance/visual/sound artist from Rotterdam. Besides his solo performances (which are about the intersection of pop culture and religion/spirituallity mostly) he also sings in the bands Cantos Deus (a religious no wave band) and Buurtbeheer (a social housing punk band). With both band and solo projects, he has released multiple records on CD, Vinyl and Cassette.

Zelle is a descendant of a famous Frisian family that produced a.o. Mata Hari and reverend Johannes Hendrikus Zelle.
Zelle himself is also well on his way to becoming immortal. He is one of the editors of the current form of Radio Worm and regularly performs with a repertoire that varies from brutal electronica to scandalous performances to Remonstrant sermons that are heartening. Tonight we invited him to ring out the Vrooom series, combining it with beautiful sound art.

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

maandag 16 oktober 2023

Friday 27 October - Vrooom #99: Concepcion Huerta, Bazip Zeehok, Zeynep Toraman

Vrooom #99

┆ 𝑩𝑨𝒁𝑰𝑷 𝒁𝑬𝑬𝑯𝑶𝑲 (𝑮.𝑾. 𝑺𝒐𝒌, 𝑮𝒆𝒓𝒕-𝑱𝒂𝒏 𝑷𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒔 & 𝑳𝒖𝒌𝒂𝒔 𝑺𝒊𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒔)

#99 is the penultimate Vrooom event

location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
[ please note: the usual entrance is in use again as of now! ]
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:00 / entrance: €10,- (pin or cash)
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Concepción Huerta is a multidisciplinary artist from Guadalajara, Mexico, who has extended her creative practice from visual media to sound design and music production. She creates captivating sound narratives, incorporating sounds of everyday objects, synthesizers and processed tapes. Her approach to sound reflects on the relationship between silence and noise, political space, and sound as a means of enunciation. Her work encompasses installations, spatialized concerts, speculative narratives, and immersive experiences.

┆ 𝑩𝑨𝒁𝑰𝑷 𝒁𝑬𝑬𝑯𝑶𝑲 (𝑮.𝑾. 𝑺𝒐𝒌, 𝑮𝒆𝒓𝒕-𝑱𝒂𝒏 𝑷𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒔 & 𝑳𝒖𝒌𝒂𝒔 𝑺𝒊𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒊𝒔) ┆
Formed in the second half of 2022, Bazip Zeehok is a bit of an all-star band accumulating over 40 years of musical experience among each of its bandmembers, gained in a massive range of projects: G.W. Sok, mainly known as the former vocalist of The Ex, also performed with e.g. Zoikle, Oiseaux-Tempête, L&S, King Champion Sounds, Svätsox, Cannibales & Vahinés, and Action Beat. Simonis performed with Dull Schicksal, Stepmother, Trespassers W, Coolhaven, Mothers of Exit, and many others. Prins performed with Gorgonzola Legs, VoltageSpa, M.i.m.e.o. Etcetera. Bazip Zeehok is their very first appearance as a three-piece. Late last year, they recorded 10 instant compositions with corresponding Dutch-language lyricism, to be performed live tonight.
G.W. Sok – voice, Lukas Simonis – guitar, Gert-Jan Prins – percussion.

Having grown up in Istanbul, composer and scholar Toraman currently resides in Berlin and is completing her doctorate in composition at Harvard University. Her compositions combine acoustic and electronic instrumentation and draw inspiration from, a.o. text-based media. At this Vrooom edition, Zeynep will be performing renditions of her electroacoustic / ambient album in 'In a Dark House'. Full of allusions to 19th century romantic music repertoire and imagination, this debut album brings together synths, field recordings, e-guitar, samples from a fortepiano and various string samples.

* co-curated with 𝖕𝖆𝖓𝖙𝖗𝖔𝖕𝖎𝖈𝖆𝖑
This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam

vrijdag 18 augustus 2023

Friday 25 August - Vrooom #98: Dianaband, Valentina Vella, Mint Park, Chypko

Vrooom #98


𝗖𝘂𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗔𝘀𝗵 𝗞𝗶𝗹𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗟𝘂𝗸𝗮𝘀 𝗦𝗶𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗶𝘀, 𝗩𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗼𝗺 #𝟵𝟴 𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗞𝗹𝗼𝗼𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗢𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗻, 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗱 𝗞𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗹𝘇𝗮𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗺𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝘀. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝟯𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗩𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗼𝗺. 𝗗𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗲𝗽.

location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
[ please note: the usual entrance is in use again as of now! ]
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:00 / entrance: €10,- (pin or cash)

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Dianaband is an interdisciplinary artist duo consisting of Wonjung Shin신원정, and Dooho Yi이두호. Based in Seoul, their work is based on weaving everyday objects, landscapes and sections of contemporary society into sound, turning them into portable instruments, creating spaces where objects with sound and movement resonate. In their work, sound is a relational event, a structural device or situational event.
http://dianaband.info | https://vimeo.com/sheisdiana

Valentina Vella (IT/US) is an interdisciplinary artist who makes autofictional work about precarity, mental health, love and post-capitalist imaginaries. She explores the way the body, sound and rhythmical patterns modulate, enrich and sometimes contradict language in performance. Whether she sings of the mundane cruelties of neoliberal existence or writes poetry interspersed with Norse mythology, found dialogues, recipe books, and Zen Buddhism, she is always propelled by an urgent desire for another world; conjuring strategies for change like a manic witch; and often admitting defeat. She is currently based in Rotterdam.

Mint Park is a Seoul-born/Amsterdam-based sound and new media artist who works at an intersection of music, technology, science, and art. In recent years, she has been researching the phenomenon of turbulence and making a weather-like ecosystem of fluid dynamics with sound, air, and lights. Her audiovisual practice focuses on the experience of the inter-weaving physical environment and virtual spaces within immersive environments created with sound, light, and spatial apparatuses. With her self-designed audiovisual systems and instruments that are spatial and site-specific, she makes live performances and compositions to question and understand the constantly fluctuating existential qualities in today’s binary space and machine-quantified time. Besides her own projects, Mint has been running Unheard Records, an electronic music label focusing on experimental music and sound practices of femme, queer and P.O.C artists.

Dreamgaze band from Rotterdam whose sound is characterized by ethereal synths and melancholic strumming guitars that sometimes stir up darker themes. Think Broadcast, Vashti Bunyan, Sibylle Baier, Arthur Lee, Blonde Redhead, Mazzy Star, and the like.

This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam

zondag 11 juni 2023

Friday 30 June - Vrooom #97: Yoto, eerieear, Zad Kokar, Charlene Darling, Regis turner

Vrooom #97

┆ eerie_ear

Vrooom #97 dishes up the joyously disruptive music of Yoto - an intense, thoroughly alive performance, between the tenderness of a slab of Argentine steak and wholesome darkness. Yoto is uncompromising and high octane fun. Returning to the fold is Audiologist and live coding wizard eerieear. This and three other editions left before we pull the plug.

location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Hammerstraat 55, Rotterdam
[ please note: the usual entrance at Ruivenstraat 81 is temporarily closed, use the one on Hammerstraat 55 (just around the corner) instead ]

doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:00 / entrance: €10,- (pin or cash).
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This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.

zondag 7 mei 2023

Saturday 20 May - Vrooom #96: MAZE reworks Tony Conrad and Robert Ashley + Austėja Žvirblytė + Teoniki Rożynek


Vrooom #96

The hybrid international collective MAZE presents a reworking of Tony Conrad's seminal album 'Slapping Pythagoras', and the textpiece 'In Memoriam Esteban Gomez' by Robert Ashley. MAZE is: Anne La Berge, Wiek Hijmans, Gareth Davis, Dario Calderone, Yannis Kyriakides, Reinier van Houdt. Next to this we'll have genre-defying hyperpop from Austėja Žvirblytė, and a solo set by composer Teoniki Rożynek.

location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Hammerstraat 55, Rotterdam
[ please note: the usual entrance at Ruivenstraat 81 is temporarily closed, use the one on Hammerstraat 55 (just around the corner) instead ]
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:00 / entrance: €10,- (pin or cash).

MAZE is a hybrid international collective working on open compositions in the form of video scores, games, text scores, algorhythms, 3-d notation, graphic scores, apps, etc. They abandon the idea of 'authentic performance' along the axis composer-score-performer-listener, instead going for an open approach where these positions are interchangeable. Here, the performers compose, the composers listen to what's already there, listening becomes a creative act and the world around us can be a score.

Tony Conrad was an artist, violinist, mathematician, filmer, and actor. He was a member of the influential Theatre Of Eternal Music together with John Cale, La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela - a collective that worked on long duration music in just intonation tunings. Incidentally Conrad also stood at the beginning of the Velvet Underground starting with four guitars with all 24 strings tuned to the same pitch. Because of intense disagreements about authorship with La Monte Young the collective split up, after which La Monte -who owned the taperecorder that recorded all their sessions- withheld all recordings from the other members. He would only release them if the others would credit him as the sole composer. As a result Tony Conrad was robbed of a big part of his work and history. However, he took this as an artistic project - as a challenge to question notions of authorship, memory, history, tuning. Conrad freely reimagined and recomposed dates of their sessions, putting the principles at work. He also developed them further in the seminal postrock record 'Slapping Pythagoras' made with e.g. Jim O'Rourke and Kevin Drumm - Pythagoras was the Greek philosopher that discovered the mathematics behind vibrations who thought the secrets of tuning should be kept from the people, rather to be used to control them, favoring only certain intervals as sacred. Conrad playfully opposes this with an anarchic tuning, a radical democracy of pitches.

Robert Ashley was one of the pioneers in experimental music theater and voice oriented music. In the '60s, in a provocative search for a truly American music, Ashley took happenings of colonial ventures simultaneous with the birth of european artforms like sonata, concerto, quartet, and opera - as models for a music where the liberation of time would counteract colonial history.
In the piece 'In Memoriam Esteban Gomez' [quartet] there are boats floating in a self-generated ocean navigating the American Eastcoast. They interpret the ripples in the water to determine their course in the four wind directions pitch, dynamic, density and colour.

Teoniki Rożynek is a composer and violin player who places particular emphasis on electronic sound design. She collects sonic waste material and junk objects that generate sound, with which she creates electronic and electroacoustic music. Working both solo and in collectives, she frequently collaborates with artists from other fields, co-creating films, performances and multimedia installations.

Austėja Žvirblytė aka Youki Flu is a Rotterdam-based Lithuanian multi-instrumentalist who strings together her musical influences into dreamy hyperpop. She sings in her own made-up language while playing the ukulele bass and electronics. Expect driving beats, vigorous voice improvisations and a playful genre-crossing experience.

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

MAZE is supported by:

woensdag 12 april 2023

Saturday 22 April - Vrooom #95: Coolhaven, Nina Hitz & Jasna Veličković, Hugo Costa & Philipp Ernsting


Vrooom #95


Coolhaven, Rotterdam's triumphantly defiant music trio are rumoured to play a rock 'n' roll set tonight (r'n'r meaning something other than their usual repertoire here), in an attempt to lure back their old fanbase with something as sincere as old men's sweat. Nina plays her cello accompanied by the sounds of Jasna's magnets and coils. Philipp and Hugo show their prowess as improvisers.

location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Hammerstraat 55, Rotterdam
[ please note: the usual entrance at Ruivenstraat 81 is temporarily closed, use the one on Hammerstraat 55 (just around the corner) instead ]
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:00
/ entrance: €10,- (pin or cash).
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Coolhaven is a band based on the principle of diabetics. Their music is inspired by the disturbance of balance between centrifugal and centripetal energies. The first and last thing Coolhaven has is some kind of concept or idea about how the noises they make should sound. They think the idea of making ‘good' music is kind of obsolete.

Jasna Veličković is a composer, performer and musical instrument inventor from Belgrade, now based in Amsterdam. Her performance setup consists of permanent magnets and coils, a realization of her ongoing artistic research where she aims to create tools that facilitate playing on instruments or objects using the transformative acoustic possibilities of the electromagnetic field. Nina Hitz, born in Switzerland, currently living in The Netherlands, is a questing spirit and skilled cellist. She finished her graduate studies in Baroque cello at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. In addition to baroque music, Hitz' activities also span experimental music, improvisation and theatrical performances.

This sax & drums duo is one of the most dynamic in the current realm of improvisation music. Both firmly embedded in the Rotterdam scene while also active across the borders, Philipp and Hugo are seasoned musicians who are as comfortable in their traditional roles with their respective instruments as they are with them being skewed or reversed.
The saxophone produces percussive sounds while the drumming provides atypical textures or even melodic approaches. Their album "The Art Of Crashing" highlights their individual and collective strengths, combining challenging material that is aware of certain traditions but steers clear of clear-cut patterns.

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