zaterdag 28 juni 2014

Vrooom #17: VROOOM FEST @ Foundation B.a.d.

FRIDAY JULY 11, 2014

– SENYAWA (id)


– HASSAN K (ir)

– VIALKA (fr/ca)




location: B.a.d. Foundation
Talingstraat 5, Rotterdam
doors: 17:00 - 02:00 | entrance: 8 euro
food by Bebe Beliz available between 17:00 and 20:00. Cocktails by JC Thomaz & BB.

Initially Vrooom #17 was intended to be just a fun, self-indulgent, navel gazing little event by us and our immediate circle of friends, but it gradually snowballed into a mini festival for all. A Vrooom season closing party, if you will. A good alternative for those who still are around town early July, undesiring stressful trips abroad or having to choose between 200 acts a day at festival XYZ. So take it easy, come down south, and hear cool local performers, international veterans and exciting newcomers wrestle it out in the laid-back ambiance of B.a.d. Foundation.

• SENYAWA (Jogjakarta, Indonesia)
One of THE most anticipated Live shows of the season. Find out what rootsy music from Indonesia sounds like given the unorthodox 'Boredoms-esque' treatment. Coming from the ancient city Jogjakarta, central Java, Indonesia, Senyawa aka Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi filter their traditional Javanese heritage through a framework of contemporary experimental music practices. They push the boundaries of both traditions in an attempt to mix the musics’ of the east and the west to create a new sound. It's cerebral and visceral, and a serious must see/hear command is in order.

Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides' Pascal Nichols is also Chakai House: an improvised drum performance of rudimentary polyrhythms and amplified percussion. Nichols is a self-taught, free-thinking drummer and sound artist from Manchester. His playing is both reductive and high-energy, and born out of a love for prog rock, free jazz, and ritualistic music. Nichols has recorded and performed with fellow nutters such as e.g. Phil Minton, Ludo Mich, and Harappian Night Recordings.

Ergo is a hero. Ergo-Hero. To his detriment these times are not made for heroes, unfortunately. In Ergo's case, the hero is a beautiful young man who can sing, dance and throw in a decent conversation as well. But why this urge to worship him? Well, just because he writes brilliant songs, makes very good radio plays and wears nice clothes. Which is more than you can say for the rest of the world population.

This legendary Rotterdam trio can rock like a ...uhhhh rock, can perform like your worst nightmare, will finally play a 'soothing' set with new and old (well, yes, you can call it) music. They will likely put on skirts and moustaches just like in the old days when they were young, beautiful and dominated...

• HASSAN K (ir)
A mystical one man band from Persia who sometimes goes by the name of Keyvane Alinaghi. The prince of Persia mixes occident and orient, surf music and bellydance, swing and heavy metal. Armed with a guitar, a keyboard and a few sensors, he travels from the Turan to the Western kingdom, to spread the words of his illuminated ancestors…

Sweat Tongue are the great hope of the Rotterdam Underground Foundation Theory (R.U.F.T.). This band does things on stage that could be contagious and might transform this stupid old town into something as cool as Berlin or Magdenburg, musically speaking that is. Who needs ladders, guitars or things to bang on if you have a sweaty tongue?

• VIALKA (fr/ca)
The post-genre guitar and percussion duo Vialka is named after a hole in the ground somewhere on the Russian prairie. They must be the ultimate touring band cause it takes less time to name the places they haven't visited: Antartica, Greenland, Hawaii, Liechtenstein, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan. Did I forget something? On stage, Vialka display great chemistry and put everything they find on their extensive tours back into their music; folksy stuff from all over the world, punk, improv, chanson and whatnot...

We placed a special factory order and asked Machinefabriek to churn out standardized, low-cost sounds which we could afford to program, and would also be tailored for our audience's wages (see also: Fordism In Music). More good news: it has been determined that 90 minutes is the perfect length for this purpose.

Russian / Swiss duo that will play acoustic improv with cello and koto. Nina is more of a Baroque chick while Anna has a background in music theatre ( This cooperation will probably result in very subtle Cagean gestures mixed with cheesy swiss baroque chainsawing and Russian koto banging.

• DESNUDA MONSIEUR MADAME (ru - aka Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz)
Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz are self-taught artists whose works include autobiographical novels, pamphlets, cartoons, graffiti, frescos, poems and other 'Kunststuecke'. Brener was jailed in 1997 for painting a green dollar sign on Kazmir Malevich' painting 'Suprematisme'. Recently they self-published 3 picture-books about rebellious and unruly girls. Now they are working on a funny pornographic novel called 'Cabaret Flaubert'.


Jobless immigrant truckdriver, now on a mission to become the 2nd best dj in the world to pay his bills. While he's not likely to challenge David Guetta or dj Fill In The Blank, we're convinced he can steal just about enough good music in time to play at this event.


Self-proclaimed walking jukebox. Provides perfect muzak to fill voids inbetween the live perforances.

zondag 22 juni 2014

BLACK PUS & JULIE MITTENS in Rotterdam - 26.06.2014

Highly recommended show organised by one of our programmers:

Brian Chippendale, drummer of the "amplified tribe of two” Lightning Bolt, is BLACK PUS. Chippendale's solo project is maximalist rock music out of frenzied drumming, vocals and phat bass grooves blubbering out of an oscillator triggered by his kick drum. This Thursday, June 26th with Leiden's psych rock pride in Worm, Rotterdam.

woensdag 28 mei 2014

Vrooom #16


– DJ URINE (fr)
– OYO & MMTHS (bg/at)
– GOZ (pt)
+ dj lndpnd

location: Klooster
Hammerstraat 63, Rotterdam
doors / start: 20:30 / entrance: €6

After our April excursions to both De Player and Worm, we're back at Klooster Oude Noorden with a fine new program! Our homecoming event will feature the latest projects of local Piet Zwart Institute / Filmwerkplaats disciples Nan Wang and Yoana Buzova, Portugese imports Gustavo Costa and Gonçalo Almeida, and more! An evening of superglued Fisher-Price turntablism, dust fetishism, cavernous drones, percussion and interesting visual works.

If it's any indication, we know this multitalented percussionist from one of his many different projects; Most People Have Been Trained To Be Bored. We used a contribution of this band for a radio show produced with Worm back in 2005; a wonderful cross section compilation on the then blossoming experimental music scene in Portugal. Fact is, that vibrant bacalhau energy never faded, which prompted this booking. Solid stuff!

• DJ URINE (fr)
Parisian sound artist who creates literal sound collages from fragments of vinyl records. From pizza slice like shards to mosaics, these are assembled in various hands-on methods, then played on 1 to 7 customized turntables, to build up rhythms, loops and textures out of many different musical genres. Sped-up Bollywood vocals can be heard over corrupted bars of Zappa, French folk songs, spoken word guitar tutors and breakcore, resulting in a delightfully imaginative chaotic barrage of sounds. Urine collaborated with e.g. Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple), Otto Von Schirach, Senyawa, etc.

• OYO & MMTHS (bg/at)

[OYO - multiprojector module pilot / MMTHS - soundroneaut]
Special one-off pairing of OYO (Yoana Buzova) and MMTHS (Matthias Hurtl), who will experiment with sound and images of 16 mm found footage; manipulating banal educational films, searching for ghost satellites, lost cosmonauts and black holes.

Nan Wang is a Chinese media artist and experimental filmmaker. In the past six years she has been producing abstract video and sound works, and installations. Currently fixated on something seemingly mundane as dust collected in her bedroom, her performance for Vrooom #16 will be exploring the usage of this particular micro-physical material in image and sound.

GOZ (pt)
[Gonçalo Almeida - bass / Thorben van Nu - live visuals]
Gonçalo Almeida is one of the busiest bees in Rotterdam's music scene, and when he's not in, he's touring the EU exhaustively. For this evening, he will be dropping his duties for Albatre and his gazzilion other projects and play a cavernous ambient solo set accompanied by live visuals. Think Sunn O))) being raped by the ghost of Robert Johnson in a drunken brawl.

donderdag 10 april 2014

Vrooom #15 @ Worm

location: Vrooom @ WORM
Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
doors 19:30 / start: 20:30 / door 6,- / presale 5,-

While Vrooom is temporarily exiled from its usual location during April, Worm will give room to its program during this evening.
The program: the cream of the crop of the Rotterdam and ex- Rotterdam underground, with experimental pop, evocative ambient and moody improv/jazz.

pop experimentalist / singer/songwriter Lasse Passage is back in town. This former long-term Rotterdam resident is slowly stepping into the limelight with his recent achievements. The Dutch quality label Eat Concrete is currently releasing a mini-album tetralogy (that's four records being put out in a series). The first volume 'Stop Making Sense And Start Making Success' came out last January. Lasse creates intricate and original songs, juxtaposing bittersweet lyrics with lo-fi and minimal music. A multi-layered musical journey that remains refreshing and highly accessible throughout.

Hugo Costa & Philipp Ernsting form a new free jazz/improvisation duo from Rotterdam. Their music is created in and from the moment, resulting in a fine blend that can be both noisy and violent, sometimes melodic and subtle. Both musicians are skilled and very empathetic players, and enjoy exploring the interplay and space between pure rhythm, lyricism and harmony. The music is intended to always move forward and surprise.

• BARHÛS (nl)
Beautiful, hazy ambient from Keimpe Koldijk, one of Rotterdam's main underground players. Barhûs' sound is partly improvised; minimal threads of funeral pace synths and droning guitars are processed through reverb and thin clouds of tape noise. Carefully placed notes gradually take the listener through the reminiscences of past gaiety. Think: Andrew Chalk (earlier works) or Grouper. Barhûs refers to the small village in which Koldijk's parental house was situated. This place was his main source of inspiration, looking at it from an entirely different perspective while living in Rotterdam-Zuid.

This event is made possible with kind support from Popunie

woensdag 2 april 2014

Vrooom #14 @ De Player


location: Vrooom @ De Player
Hillelaan 49d, Rotterdam (just besides Rijnhaven metro station)
doors / start: 20:30 

While Vrooom is temporarily exiled from its usual location during April, our orphan home on the 8th will be the comfy hut of De Player. This evening we'll be piecing together another quality mini circus of sound & vision, always good for a surprise. Extra noteworthy: ZS mastermind Diamond Terrifier will do a dj set as well as a Live set!

Musician, DJ & curator Sam Hillmer is widely known for being the mind behind the influential Brooklyn noise band/chamber ensemble ZS. Diamond Terrifier is Sam’s saxophone and electronics solo incarnation which sits at the intersection of ambient drone, world bass and sound system music, and the many great non-western saxophone traditions. Diamond Terrifier has four releases under its belt; the tapes ‘Himalayan Appalachia’ and 'Shrine Flu’, and the full lengths ‘Kill The Self That Wants To Kill Yourself ’ on Northern Spy (label formed by the former staff of the legendary ESP-Disk’ imprint), produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear, and 2013's ' The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow'.

Brand new project from the Rotterdam based electronica explorers / producers Huib Emmer and Henk Bakker. This duo will perform a strongly sferic and beat driven electro-accoustic set with bass clarinet and Live electronic devices.

Philippe Cavaleri is a visual & sound artist from Belgium whose past exhibitions & performances have been the focal point for many events across Europe. One of his works was selected by the late Jan Hoet for the 2009 edition of Tempus Arti. His contribution for this evening will be a Live performance of his newest piece 'En temps réel', based on the experimentation with cassettes and super 8 found footage; re-composing this media from "banality to poetry".

This event is made possible with kind support from de Popunie, Rotterdam.