dinsdag 15 september 2020

Saturday 26 September – Vrooom #83: Able Noise, The Sunshine Lounge, Linus B


Saturday 26 September 2020

& DJ Chris Baas

location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:00 / entrance: 7 euro
max capacity: 30 / reservation only show!
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For the first time since February we're back at our familiar spot in Rotterdam Noord; the fine Kapelzaal of Klooster Oude Noorden. Tonight's triple bill of electro-acoustic delicacies features Alex and George's brilliant Able Noise, the slow build-up musique concrète gubbins of Mark Smith (aka the Sunshine Lounge), and Linus B' electronica feast.
This is a 'reservation only' show.Please send a PM to our facebook account (Vrooom or Sandwich Island) or contact: info[at]sandwich-island[dot]com.

Able Noise is an experimental baritone guitar and drum duo, based between The Hague and Athens. Through the use of voices, tapes and alternative methods of playing their instruments, the duo create a somewhat minimal but really captivating performance. Taken as a whole, the feel of their sound reminds us of Chicago post-rock stalwarts Gastr del Sol, and that is no mean feat.

The Glasgow born, Dutch resident Mark Smith is a music maker, radio DJ, concert promoter, and Jerry Sadowitz fan. His solo-project Sunshine Lounge plows a furrow between relaxation and lime cordial, elephants and violence, green and polkadots, Penelope Keith and chaos. In his live sets, Mark uses home made instruments, electromagnetic chunder and acoustic gubbins.

┆LINUS B┆roffa
Linus B is a producer, DJ and visual artist who finds his inspiration in the arbitrariness of daily life. Mending and bending recorded samples of the things around him, his music is an auditive feast, a celebration and happy estrangement of the everyday. There is room for tenderness, kitsch, and a bit of confusion.


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

woensdag 2 september 2020

Friday 11 September – Vrooom #82 X Koffie & Ambacht X Goes To Church IV

photo: Orphan Fairytale (c) Michèle Matyn

Friday 11 September 2020

Vrooom X Koffie & Ambacht Goes To Church IV
┆MAYO (Matthias Hurtl & Yoana Buzova)

location: Oude Kerk Rotterdam Charlois – Charloisse Kerksingel 35, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / end: 23:30
max capacity: 70 / entrance: 10 euro – PIN only!
for reservations contact: gilberty@xs4all.nl
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4th instalment of the 'Koffie & Ambacht x Vrooom goes to church' series with four different live sets.
Dive into an Orphan Fairytale of auditory dreaminess, get entangled in Mayo's cassette tape salad and listen to the sounds of the historic Hess church organ, this time played by sound artist Bart van Dongen. Last but not least, Cengiz Arslanpay will reinterpret ancient Ottoman music in his soloset.

This is a 'reservation only' show... Please send an e-mail to the address above for confirmation, or reserve through Facebook. There will be no alcoholic drinks for sale, since this would require a permit for the type of event which are still prohibited from taking place.

┆MAYO (Matthias Hurtl & Yoana Buzova)┆roffa / at/bg
Mayo is Matthias Hurtl (AT/NL) and Yoana Buzova (BG/NL). Together they perform with a multitude of cassette players and electronics; cutting, pasting, touching, licking, pulling, stretching and scratching the tape loops which they feed to these devices. The duo layer the resulting raw sound material with noise into an uncanny, imaginary magnetic tape landscape. Matthias is a sound artist who specializes in so-called signal hunting - a kind of recording practice that utilizes handmade tools and antennas, with which he hunts for satellite transmission signals. He uses his findings in compositions and live performances. Yoana is an artist and educator who seeks to resist imposed structures, beliefs and technologies. In her artist practice she employs the idea of 'uselessness', low-tech, DIY methods, and repurposed material to engage an audience in temporary fictions.
http://oyoana.com | http://randomaccessmemory.at

Orphan Fairytale (Eva van Deuren) is a artist/musician from Antwerp who has been making waves with a variety of surprising music projects since the turn of the millennium. She has been playing drums with Maskesmachine, experimented with tape loops in an outfit named Eekhoorn X, and was involved in Antwerp's bastion for freeform radio, Radio Centraal. The development of her own creative multiverse, along with the realisation that she had her own story to tell, led to the emergence of Orphan Fairytale, Eva's current musical project. Using keyboards, harp, flutes, voice, samples of drums, toy instruments and found objects, she creates a playful realm of dissociated musical dreaminess. New release out on Ultra Eczema soon!

Bart van Dongen is a pianist, composer and concert organizer. He is a household name in the Dutch improv, jazz and composer scene. Among other things, he has been the artistic director of Intro / In Situ in Maastricht (an organization for new music and sound art), and he managed the small-scale stage ARTuarium in Den Bosch. At this event, Bart will play the historic Hess church organ from 1784.

Cengiz Arslanpay is a multi-instrumentalist and composer whose work is characterized by smooth transitions between contemporary and folkloric musical spheres. He mainly plays the Nay (or 'Ney'; an end-blown flute that figures prominently in Middle Eastern music) and electronic synthesizers, though he is also familiar with the practise of other kinds of instruments from the Middle East. At Vrooom x Koffie & Ambacht, Cengiz will reinterpret ancient Ottoman music.


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

maandag 29 juni 2020

Saturday 4 July – Koffie & Ambacht X Vrooom #81 Goes To Church III

Saturday 4 July 2020

Koffie & Ambacht X Vrooom Goes To Church III


location: Oude Kerk Rotterdam Charlois – Charloisse Kerksingel 35, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 end: 23:30
max capacity: 70 / entrance: 10 euro – PIN only!
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3rd instalment of the 'Koffie & Ambacht x Vrooom goes to church' series. We're joining hands in an endeavour to lift the spirits with fine experimental live music, and a dance-performance. Place of action: the beautiful Oude kerk in Charlois where we will congregate with the latest Covid-19 regulations in place.
This is a 'reservation only' show... Please send an e-mail for confirmation, check the facebook event page.
There will be no alcoholic drinks for sale, since this would require a permit for the type of event which are still prohibited from taking place.

Mári Mákó is a composer and electronica/sound artist whose music strives to create the experience of an unhindered and natural musical flow with which she challenges the rigid ‘recital form’ of concerts. She will be performing a solo set using live electronics combined with voice, specially adapted zithers and other acoustic sound sources, often in conjunction with several performative tools and electronic devices of her own creation.

Purves & Lotz make music that's free of conventions, continuously balancing on the edge of discovery. The pairing of flutes and drums might be one of the oldest musical combinations ever, but it is revived in an exciting new form by this duo. Multi-flautist Mark and self-proclaimed “squeekologist” and percussionist Alan are true individualists on top of their game. Both expatriates (Germany and Scotland respectively) live and work in the Netherlands, refining their skills in the Amsterdam music scene, creating unique sound palettes of their own.

Jorrit Westerhof (guitar) and Suzana Lașcu (voice) began collaborating back in 2013 and their eclectic styles of playing and writing fused across a number of projects over the years since. The duo currently dwell in the realm of (acoustic) experimental music. Live, you can expect a wild mélange of influences, from Zorn to Hagen and back.

Choreographer and performer Maria Sartzetaki and musician / sound artist Robin Becker will present an iteration of their dance/music collaboration "Second Sphere", a project which is adapted to the church. In this piece they explore aspects of transformation in a realm between sound and movement, the Moon and the Earth, lunacy and clarity, wandering within the decomposing core of a lost planet.


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

maandag 1 juni 2020

Friday 5 June - Koffie & Ambacht X Vrooom #80 Goes To Church

Friday 5 June 2020

Koffie & Ambacht X Vrooom Goes To Church


location: Oude Kerk Rotterdam Charlois – Charloisse Kerksingel 35, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 end: 23:30 /
max capacity: 30 / entrance: 15 euro – PIN only!
for reservations contact: gilberty@xs4all.nl / attending this facebook event does not suffice.
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Koffie & Ambacht and Vrooom are joining hands (figuratively, so don't summon the boa's) in an earnest endeavour to lift some spirits with fine live music. Place of action: the beautiful Oude kerk in Charlois, which will enable us to congregate with the latest Corona regulations in place.

This is a 'reservation only' show, limited capacity: max 30 visitors. Please send an e-mail to the address above for confirmation.

There will be no alcoholic drinks for sale, since this would require a permit for the type of event which are still prohibited from taking place.

┆PIERRE BASTIEN & GONÇALO ALMEIDA┆fr/pt/r'dam ­–  "Dois Deux"
Revered French musician, composer, and instrument builder Pierre Bastien began building his unique mechanical-based musical instruments at an early age, using metronomes, cymbals, and pulleys. In 1977, he composed music with Pascal Comelade for dance companies and in 1986 he created his own Mecanium orchestra comprised of Meccano machines. The mecanium plays various instruments such as the Chinese lute, Moroccan bendir, Javanese saron, koto, and violin. By the 1990s it consisted of up to 80 machine 'musicians'. Bastien has collaborated with e.g. Robert Wyatt, Jac Berrocal, Jaki Liebezeit, and released records on Lowlands, Rephlex, Tigersushi, and Alga Marghen.
Bassist / composer Gonçalo Almeida, originally from Portugal, has been making his mark as one of The Netherlands' most interesting bass players in the last decade. His projects involve collaborations with the cream of the crop of the Dutch and Portuguese jazz scenes, bridging modern jazz, free jazz, jazzcore, and free improvisation.
This night, Pierre and Gonçalo will present their first live collab as a duo, preceding their upcoming "Room Sessions" release on Almeida's Cylinder recordings.
https://www.pierrebastien.com | https://gonzobass.wixsite.com/gonzoalmeida

Giovanni Di Domenico is a pianist from Rome. His music practise builts on an comprehensive understanding of techniques; rhythm, harmony and tone – a generational distinction he shares with many of the musicians he has crossed paths with: Nate Wooley, Chris Corsano, Arve Henriksen, Jim O’Rourke, Alexandra Grimal, Tetuzi Akiyama, to name but a few. Di Domenico also founded his own label, Silent Water, home of the eclectic and occasionally unclassifiable. At this event, Giovanni will freely improvise on the historic Hess church organ from 1784.


Peter Zegveld is a Dutch visual artist and sound performer. He built a theater for cars moving on the highway, performed a concert on a beach which included explosives, designed a container in which the visitor could 'blow himself up', and made many perfomances for children, including one where babies were shot into an audience with a cannon. He also presented Villa Achterwerk, a famous Dutch children's television program. Tonight's show will involve his so-called "Plofkist", "stokkenbas", "bliksnaar", "ratelrad", and the "mechanische bliksnaar"... Rhythmic, romantic, symphonic, suspenseful music with visual garnish that can derail and cause a stir.


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

dinsdag 10 maart 2020

[cancelled] Saturday 21 March - Vrooom #80


Due to current developments concerning the Corona (COVID-19) pandemic, we regret to inform you about the cancellation of this event. We hope to reschedule with the artists at a later point this year.
Stay safe, stay healthy.

Saturday 21 March



location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 23:00 / entrance: 8,00 euro [ CASH only! ]


Asmus Tietchens is a living legend of German electronic avant-garde music and we're honoured to have him as our guest at our 80th edition. His elusive music has been often lumped in into lazy genre categorizations in an attempt to contextualize his body of work, but in Tietchens' opinion music should be no more than itself. He is a purveyor of absolute music and most of his pieces can be interpreted as results of formalistic exercises, designed for an audience who insist on more than easy listening. Bluntaxe is a Dutch five-piece who will perform a live set where concrete poetry and sound meet. Tietchens' set will be complemented with a DJ set from DJ Zipo.

Asmus Tietchens (1947) is one of the most important and unique figures in non-academic electronic music and sound manipulation. The Hamburg-based composer has made more than 80 albums worldwide and has collaborated with many different sound artists. His music draws on various musical genres; electronic (both high and low-brow), minimalism and classic. In 1980 he released his first solo album "Nachtstücke", followed by a series of albums containing rhythmic and harmonic music for the renowned Sky label ("Biotop", "Spät Europa", etc.). These fairly melodic synth tunes almost seem an abberation in light of the later shift towards 'industrial', as first witnessed on "Formen Letzter Hausmusik" (1984, United Diaries) and the meticulous sound manipulations he is known for today. Tietchens continues to explore the posibilities of specific sound sources (ranging from water sounds to pure sine wave tones). His work is rooted in a deeply sceptic gesture and inspired by philosopher E.M. Cioran, who is often quoted on his album covers. Tietchens has been awarded with the prestigious Karl Sczuka Prize of the Südwestrundfunk (SWR) twice.

Bluntaxe is a group centered around the concrete poetry of ACG Vianen. The sounds and words by Vianen are complemented by a combination of bass (Jan Vanderlest), drums (Rik van Iersel), guitar (Jacq Palinckx) and saxophone/electronica (Edward Capel). Bluntaxe was created from a series of monthly instant composing events at TAC in Eindhoven, providing exciting encounters between of words and music. Artists brought what they had in common; the freedom of sound art.

┆DJ ZIPO┆de / aufabwegen
Zipo aka Till Kniola will play a DJ set that contains electronic bricolage and field recordings. He is the main editor of Aufabwegen; a magazine, label and mailorder that ranks as one of the most comprehensive, long-running underground publications in Germany, covering all things Post-Industrial, Ambient and Noise. Aufabwegen published a monography on Asmus Tietchens in 1998, alongside a number of CD releases. Till curates sound events in Cologne and is the artistic director of the 'Geraüschwelten Festival' in Münster, Germany, which is co-produced with Radio WDR 3.


Asmus Tietchens and DJ Zipo appear with support from Goethe-Institut Niederlande

zaterdag 8 februari 2020

Thursday 13 February - Vrooom #79

Thursday 13 February:



location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 end: 23:00 / entrance: 7 euro [ CASH only! ]

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Alan Courtis collaborates with Gert-Jan Prins in a live set that mixes cosmic ritual, glitch-Blues, and drone metal. Goldblum celebrate the release of their self-titled tape with a special set occupying the twilight zone between DJ set and live performance. Tony Guarino investigates the sonic tactility of de Kapelzaal. In the music of young'uns 3times7, anything goes.

Alan Courtis is a key figure of the Argentine underground and co-founder of the cult group Reynols. His solo work is usually based on skilled techniques involving prepared sound, tape manipulations, processing of field recordings, and live electronics. He uses objects, cymbals, synthesizers, computer tools and plays traditional (both acoustic and electric) instruments as well as self-built, strange and unusual instruments. Alan collaborated with e.g. Lee Ranaldo, Damo Suzuki, and Francisco Lopez, but Courtis is an excellent electro-acoustic improviser in his own right. His electrifying performances resolutely dodge any contrived genre convention.
Gert-Jan Prins focuses on the sonic and musical qualities of electronic noise and percussion and investigates its relationship with the visual. While he started his career as a drummer, his works include performances, sound-installations, compositions, electronic circuits and collaborations with other musicians, visual artists, composers, and dancers.

┆3TIMES7┆int'l / R'dam

Fresh new band consisting of guitarist Jorrit Westerhof, drummer Aleksandar Škorić and bassplayer Marko Curcic. This culturally comprehensive trio takes the listener to the outer limits of various music styles. There's Blues, Balkan-style rhythms, psychedelia and noisy outbursts, but also mellow parts that let you float around, like in a lucid dream. For them, anything goes.

Tony Guarino is a sound artist from Maryland, United States currently based in Den Haag. Rooted in experimental percussion and improvisation, he approaches places’ inherent materials as ins truments for physical performance. Site-specific textures, rhythms, and characters are unearthed and explored with an ear towards dissociative hallucination. His research project at the Institute of Sonology extends this practice to investigate the sonic tactility of everyday life.

Sparkling duo messing around with flea market cassette tapes and cheap keyboards. Fragments of golden oldies, crippled rhythms, bursts of ferric noise and melancholic melodies come together in dreamlike songs and soundscapes, buried in tape hiss. Goldblum has cut their teeth in acts like Sweat Tongue and Red Brut.

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

dinsdag 14 januari 2020

Friday 17 January - Vrooom #78

Friday 17 January



location: Klooster Oude Noorden – Ruivenstraat 81, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 end: 23:30 / entrance: 7 euro [ CASH only! ]


We're set for 2020. Join us at Klooster Oude Noorden for our first round of explorative music with Manirastar, Jos Smolders, Felicity Provan, Han Buhrs, Ada Rave, Harald Austbø, and Michael Vatcher. Poetic narratives, lyrical melodies, rhythmic momentum, and appearances by the Blippoo and the handpan.


Trumpeter and composer Felicity Provan is a household name in the Amsterdam improvisation scene. Poetic narratives, songs, and lyrical melodies with rhythmic momentum best describe her quintet. The music flows from solos to pieces and surprises with moments of group acapella. Playful and thoughtful with hints of the theatrical, these distinct personalities perform a vibrant sound mixing composition and improvisation, which can sound delicate as well as wild.
• Felicity Provan – cornet, voice
• Han Buhrs – voice
• Ada Rave – saxophone
• Harald Austbø – cello
• Michael Vatcher – drums

Jos Smolders has been a mainstay of the Dutch electronic soundart scene for many years. He is a founding member of the renowned Dutch electroacoustic ensemble THU20. Tonight, his performance is based on the exciting sounds of the 'Blippoo'; a synth box handmade by Dutch designer Rob Hordijk (perhaps The Netherland's most famous synth & module builder) which offers a ton of possibilities for weird and tense improvisation.

┆MANIRASTAR┆id / r'dam
Manirastar aka Bintang Manira Manik is a multi-instrumentalist from Bandung, Indonesia. In addition to his studies at Codarts, he focuses on percussive ambient, soundscapes, and tribal chanting in his own work. He learned to play a wide variety of percussion instruments and completed three years of studying the tabla at the institute of Indian classical music and dance; Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, New Delhi. Tonight he will perform with the handpan.


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