zaterdag 7 januari 2017

Thu, January 19: VROOOM #45



–– ANNA MIKHAILOVA aka BaKaRuNa (r/nl)

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / entrance: €6

Hello new year. Vrooom kicks off this Thursday evening with artists that move within the realm of textured Improv, Noise, New Music, and Sound Art.
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Leila is a Brooklyn based cellist and composer from Aix-en-Provence, France. She works in the realm of Noise, Improvisation, New Music and Sound-art. Her cello playing is often improvised, and mainly focuses on texture variations and collages of phantom overtones and pitched utterances. Her vocabulary is that of extended techniques, preparations, and imaginative amplification methods, using her instrument as an abstract resonant body to challenge conventional cello practice. Her composed works draw from a similar textured musical aesthetic, but also focus on the relationship between sound and space. In her site-specific electro-acoustic compositions, architecture is the foundation of the piece and musicality arises from an organized spacialization of sound.

Mario and Petra have worked together as an artistic duo Since 1983. The inception was the notion that movement and sound are identical; without movement (vibration) nothing can be heard. This idea, and the temporary character of sound, extends through their installations, site-specific works in progress, performances and concerts. The duo also use new media and technology, often realized especially for their projects. Their recent projects dealt with communication, formal translations, and (mis)understanding. In their research project WAVES, the duo investigates the use of movement feedback to create installations and concerts. Next to being the co-founders / members of the multimedia group Antarctica, Mario was also a member of the renowned Maciunas Ensemble with the late Paul Panhuijsen, Jan van Riet, and Leon van Noorden.

ANNA MIKHAILOVA aka BaKaRuNa (ru/nl)
A performance by Rotterdam-based Russian composer/musician/opera director Anna Mikhailova. Name of the instrument; BaKaRuNa. More info to follow.

maandag 7 november 2016

Wed, December 7: VROOOM #44



–– MONO-POLY (nl)
–– JOE KISSER (nl)
–– KUTWYF (nl)
–– RAGING EGO (nl)

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / entrance: €5

Tasty seasonal hotch potch of local artistry. Somewhere between soaring ambitions and the loving embrace of dilettantism. Come and have a drink with us and say byebye to 2016.

[Roel Meelkop - electronics / Nina Hitz - cello / Alfredo Genovesi - guitar]
The members of this trio have previously played together in other constellations, but never before in this specific formation. They will engage in a collaborative performance of subtle improv using guitar, cello, and electronics. Genovesi's brilliant guitar sounds (somewhere between Hendrix, Hans Reichel, and Derek Bailey) will be coupled with Nina's meandering cello work and Meelkop's delicate drones. Yum!

Radboud is an esteemed sound-artist, composer, and sound designer who has been active since the mid-eighties. His music varies from rhythmically minimal electronica to conceptual music, within the broadest sense of contemporary music.

This modular synth / electronica boss-man started with his machines around '94. Throughout the years he amassed a ridiculous synth/electronica collection, and now leads a dedicated synth scene with Noodlebar. Dennis is keen to retain the contrariety of the human and non-human elements in performance. For Vrooom #44, Dennis will come up with an alternative to his more danceable set.

Non-regular Joe Kuster spent most of his artist career dissecting animals and cooking inane objects to reconstruct its parts into three-dimensional artworks. 'Joe Kisser' is his musical other self, with which he'll investigate patterns of behaviour between his sound toys and more adult machines.

Kutwyf learned the ropes with Dutch noise institution FCKN' BSTRDS. A one woman noise act emerging from a fluorescent rubbish heap. Always a treat.

Music snob with diva-like antics, but he does know how to play a really good tune. Raging Ego will provide comic relief for the ears inbetween live sets.


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

Wed, November 9: Pantropical x NZZN



PANTROPICAL proudly presents: the Mandolin Sisters and Les Filles de Illighadad, as part of the NZZN Festival 2016.

After stumbling over the brilliance of the Mandolin Sisters Pantropical, SONORE, and Koloni Gbg had to try get them to perform in Europe. Things have snowballed quickly and we now present an 18-date Mandolin Sisters European tour. Add to that a first ever visit outside of Africa of Les Filles de Illighadad (Sahel Sounds) and this Pantropical double bill should only harvest heartfelt ooh's and aah's!
Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 | entrance: 9 euro
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Since early childhood, the sisters Sreeusha and Sireesha from Chennai, India, have dedicated their playing to the electric mandolin, which was popularized by Uppalapu Srinivas in the 1980s. Encouraged by their musician father, the young sisters spent years training their technique and pitch perception abilities, devoting themselves to the mesmerizing sound of the five-string mandolin. The Mandolin Sisters belong to the Carnatic musical tradition which is one of the two main subgenres of Indian classical music associated with the southern parts of India, although it is also practiced throughout Sri Lanka. Not new to the game, the remarkable mandolin sisters have given roughly 2000 concerts in India and abroad throughout the years. Their electrifying performance will make jaws drop.

Les Filles de Illighadad come from the scrubby Sahel desert of central Niger, the village of Illighadad, a tiny assemblance of mud houses. Fatou Seidi Ghali plays guitar and is joined by her cousin Alamnou Akrouni Fatou, a renownend vocalist in Niger. Together they play rural blues music; communal, emotive music that to seeks to entertain, comfort the sick, and be in balance with the radiant ambience of its surroundings. The days in Illighadad are long, time is not measured by hours but by the suns passage, the movement of the animals and insects. This is the first time Les Filles are performing outside Africa.

DUCKFOOD (nl | rebel up!, pantropical)

Duckfood's massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance. His DJ selections are colourful and not hampered by any preoccupation about genre.

zondag 9 oktober 2016

Tue, October 18: VROOOM #43 x PANTROPICAL

TUESDAY OCTOBER 18: Vrooom #43 x Pantropical

full line up:
– POREST (ex-usa)

Once again Vrooom joins forces with Pantropical, bringing you indispensable Tuesday evening entertainment for open-minded ears. This out-there line up features the Argentine lo-fi psych gauchos LOS SIQUICOS LITORALEÑOS, post-globalized pop savagery of POREST (aka SUBLIME FREQUENCIES / Sham Palace's Mark Gergis), and stranger in their midst, MoreEats, topped off with rarely heard Indonesian folk music DJ'ed by Rotterdam expat MADROTTER.

location: WORM – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
20:00 – 01:00 | entrance: 8 euro / 7 euro presale
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LOS SIQUICOS LITORALEÑOS (ar / sham palace / annihaya)
From the outland countryside surrounding the small town Curuzú Cuatiá in the province Corrientes of North East Argentina, comes a rare treat for the ears. Los Siquicos Litoraleños is a unique band formed in 2004. Originally an all freeform improv band commuting between Curuzú and their other habitat Buenos Aires, their music soon developed into an highly original style incorporating elements of cumbia, lo-fi tape manipulation, chamamé (popular folk music of Corrientes and other regions), the angular guitars of Beefheart, and a rich variety of non-rock rhythms. Los Siquicos' first 2009 European tour was organised by a then still unnamed Pantropical, with heavy support of WORM. We're happy to have them back!

POREST (ex-usa)
Porest (Mark Gergis) has issued a confounding trail of agitprop sound art, empirical hate pop, radio dramas, video works, and carefully rearranged realities on various labels including Negativland's Seeland. Porest’s overt embezzlement of human syntax and cultural misunderstanding broadcasts mixed messages that span from the puerile to the pedantic. Live solo and group performances have slipped between ostracizing binge-karaoke, soapbox harangue, and bridge-burning dirty bombs. Drawing inspiration from heavy exposure to global shortwave radio receptions, international organ trafficking, eastern-tinged Westerns and western-tinged Easterns, Porest continues to push the pulse of post-globalized pop savagery. Next to his own label Sham Palace, Mark Gergis also co-runs SUBLIME FREQUENCIES; the label that is pretty much mandatory material for anyone who follows Pantropical.

Stand-up offbeat romantic pop hymns from Zürich, Switzerland. Someone described MoreEats as a curly haired Serge Gainsbourg, Pavement and Jonathan Richman hybrid, with an amazing accent. We would add some R. Stevie Moore in the mix too.

Originally from Rotterdam, Madrotter aka Henk den Toom is an avid crate digger who has been living in a village outside Bandung, Indonesia for the last twenty years. He is the curator of the amazing Madrotter music blog, which is chock-full of great music from across Indonesia. Madrotter will spin many of his found treasures in Rotterdam: Jaipong (popular Indonesian dance music), early Dangut, Takdiran, etc.

NZZN 2016 coming up!

De Player, Vrooom & Pantropical present:

NZZN FESTIVAL – 4, 5 + 9 November

NZZN (North-South-South-North / noord-zuid-zuid-noord) is a 3-day festival initiated by the above mentioned Rotterdam based organisations, in collaboration with Pink Pank, Dr. Klangendum, Futura Resistenza; who all operate on the fringes of the Rotterdam subculture.

The festival highlights the network that is flourishing between these platforms; not merely to cement and emphasize the common grounds, but also to celebrate the creative nucleus. The small-scaled, decentralized events that take place in characteristic and sometimes unusual locations, are particularly beneficial for a lively, diverse cultural climate; just outside the defined city centre borders there is plenty of room for risktaking, experimentation and adventure.

NZZN seeks to map out and showcase this peripheral Rotterdam of leftfield music, sound art, improvisation, and performance art with a vibrant mix of international and local artists. The festival takes places in various locations in the North and South of Rotterdam, in walking distance between the locations.

Confirmed artists:
Mandolin Sisters (in) – Les Filles De Illighadad (ni) – Jaap Blonk (nl) – Laura Cannell (uk) – Faut Haut (nl) – Costes (fr) – Duke-s (nl) – WaSm (nl) – Miaux (be) + more tba

more news soon!

donderdag 22 september 2016

Fri, September 30: Pantropical x Arab Cinema Festival

Partly in anticipation of our upcoming 'NZZN x Pantropical' event with the great MANDOLIN SISTERS (more about that later), we're posting this:

Pantropical x Arab Film Festival is an integral part of the annual Arab Film festival [ / 29 Sept – Oct 02]. A celebration of forward-looking, bass-ridden Arab dance music with GAN GAH, Deena Abdelwahed, Rocky B-The Tropikal Camel, and Duckfood. Venue = Roodkapje Rotterdam, within walking distance from Rotterdam CS.


– GAN GAH (ma)

location: Roodkapje SUB
Teilingerstraat 110-130, Rotterdam
22:00 – 03:00 | entrance: 8 euro / 7 euro presale
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GAN GAH (ma | low up)
He's on the rise; Gan Gah is a young, DJ / producer fed by traditional Gnawa and Berber rythms since he was born in the suburbs of Agadir. Now based in Brussels, he knows how to shake a dancefloor with his bewitching beats. Offering a clever combination of club music and traditional North-African music, Gan Gah's first EP “Souktronics” shows his love for both his Moroccan roots and modern electronic music. Moroccan Bass, you said?

DEENA ABDELWAHED (tn | infiné)

As the main female representative of this generation of Tunisian DJs and producers, Deena Abdelwahed is not one to pander to commercial trends. She explores the urban rythms in the aftermath of the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution, where social conservatism has been on the rise and only a few clubs adapt to innovation. Deena caters to those who seek alternatives to electronic music parties that either serve as lazy entertainment or an excuse to blow off steam and vent social frustration. In the past few years, since moving to Toulouse, Deena has made herself heard at music festivals all around Europe winning over crowds with her energetic music.

TROPIKAL CAMEL (il | arabstazy, shouka)
The Afro-haired electronica/beats/global bass shaman from Jerusalem; Tropikal Camel aka Rocky B Assayag is a musical explorer traversing genres, creating an original musical language; a journey into Jerusalem's unique sound and a fusion of Bass, Techno, Hip-Hop and the raw rhythms of tribal Middle- Eastern and North-African music.

DUCKFOOD (nl | rebel up, pantropical)
Duckfood's massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance, so who else to ask for this Pantropical x Arab Camera special? His DJ selections are colourful and not hampered by any preoccupation about genre. Just dig in!