SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015:
– CUMBIA COSMONAUTS (au) feat. Nique Quentin & Javier Infestas
– MIA ZABELKA & PHILIPPE PETIT (at/fr)
– LAURENS VAN DER WEE & JAVIER A.V (nl/ar)
+ DUCKFOOD (nl)
...had some issues slowing us down recently, one of our computers went kaput, etc, but we're back... back at lovely Post Office. Vrooom #27 is a couple three: there's two duo performances: 'newbies' Laurens van der Wee and gauchito Javier Areal Vélez, and there's veterans Philippe Petit and Mia Zabelka, who share wavelengths during their violin/voice/turntable set... and we have Cumbia Cosmonauts all the way from Austrialia, with strong percussion by homeboys Nique Quentin and Javier Infestas, hurling you into cosmic cumbia heaven! Latest addition; our own Duckfood will be dj'ing, bridging sets before, inbetween and after!
location: POST OFFICE - Vijverhofstraat 100
doors: 20:30 / entrance: €6
■ CUMBIA COSMONAUTS (au) featuring Nique Quentin & Javier Infestas
Moses Iten is the solo incarnation of Cumbia Cosmonauts from Melbourne; the leading innovators of the global Cumbia Digital and Tropical Bass scenes. Their signature aesthetic is a combination of the infectious Colombian/Caribbean offbeat rhythm with warm dub bass lines, sweeping synthesizers and driving beats, enhanced by an explosive live performance featuring improvisation, guest musicians and visuals. Fun side note: their music has been featured in the soundtrack of Grammy-Award winning Argentine TV drama 'El Puntero'.
[Update 13 June]: we're pleased to announce the addition of both NIQUE QUENTIN (de) and JAVI INFESTAS (es) as Cumbia Cosmonauts' percussionists for this show, adding that extra pepper to the live sound! Both Nique and Javier are active in the local turbo cumbia outfit Los Paja Brava.
■ MIA ZABELKA & PHILIPPE PETIT (at/fr)
Mia Zabelka and Philippe Petit are two established artists who engage in a fresh duo live performance at Vrooom. Their track records span countless collaborations with e.g. Pauline Oliveros, Dälek, Lydia Lunch, Iancu Dumitrescu, Faust, Murcof, etc. Mia Zabelka frames her musical language on the violin through her bodily gestures and voice, i.e. physical movement is spontaneously transformed into sound. Philippe Petit assaults his turntables and vinyls (containing sounds from his own productions), raking the needle across the record's grooves, cardboard, metal, and other materials to process unusual noises and textures.
■ LAURENS VAN DER WEE & JAVIER A.V. (nl/ar)
Laurens van der Wee is in an ongoing love/hate relationship with technology. This struggle is the source of all projects he pursued since 2007; improvised (electronic) music with e.g. Galm Quartet, Tjong Pow, and installations that reflect his ambivalent position towards technology. Laurens' work has been published on DIY labels such as Wachsender Prozess. Javier Areal Vélez is an Argentinian composer / improviser who performs mostly on electric guitar, relying on a primal technique that emphasizes timbre and rhythm, and avoids traditional forms in favor of intensity, dynamic contrast and general weirdness. Next to his his many projects ranging from improv to noise/postpunk to bizarre pop, Vélez also runs 'Noise Nada', an archive of recent Argentinian experimental music.