maandag 25 april 2016

Sat, April 30: VROOOM 37



VROOOM is back at WORM with a great double bill. Just who will be able to resist the immensely evocative sounds of folk/singer-songwriter luminaries Josephine Foster and Stranded Horse? Expect haunting voices, psychedelic songs; introspective but of great scope. Latest update: UNDERBELLY recordshop will be present also!

location: WORM Rotterdam – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / entrance €6 presale, €7 door

JOSEPHINE FOSTER (us) - with Victor Herrero
Josephine Foster is a Colorado-born modern American folk singer-songwriter. As a teen she worked as a funeral and wedding singer, and aspired to become an opera singer. Later she changed her mind and began to record her own songs that started her songwriting career. Josephine's albums are based on a wide variety of things; interpretations of 19th-century German folk songs, children's songs, poems (Lorca, Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, etc.), and Spanish folk songs. She also released an album of psychedelic rock ('All the Leaves Are Gone') which has drawn comparisons to Patti Smith and Jefferson Airplane, and 'There Are Eyes Above'; ukulele accompanied songs influenced by Tin Pan Alley.

Originating from Normandy, multi-instrumentalist Yann Tambour first made music as ENCRE, a project sampling strings, piano and voice. Following album and EP releases under that name, Yann started to experiment with the kora (the lute-bridge-harp made from calabash gourd and cowhide commonly played in West Africa), gradually developing his own playing technique and building his own versions of the instrument. Marrying this with his singular approach to the singer/songwriter idiom, STRANDED HORSE (formerly Thee, Stranded Horse) came into being in the mid-noughties. In previous line ups of Stranded Horse, Tambour played with feted Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko, but on this tour Boubacar Cissokho from Senegal will do the duties.

This event is brought to you in conjunction with Sandwich-Island

donderdag 31 maart 2016

Wed, April 6: VROOOM 36



location: Pink Pank - Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00

Vrooom number thirtysix; nail biting stuff! Find out whether Aussie underground guru Lucas Abela (formerly Justice Yeldham) finally became a sensible man or will revert to his older glass eating habits... if Ruben Brovida and Stefano Sgarbi will be minding that gap of theirs, and what Bob Bellerue has to say about all this!

Granpa is the new persona for maverick Australian musician Lucas Abela. Abela performs on shards of broken glass turned into crude musical instruments. He purses his lips against the panes and vibrates them using vocal techniques akin to throat singing crossed with raspberries, creating an erratic array of strangely controlled, while oddly musical, cacophonous noise. While Yeldham is centered on ecstatic pure improvisation often resulting in maniacal performances, Granpa is an attempt to rein in the instrument and take it in a more musical direction. Abela hopes the change might help to dispel the negative connotations his bloody forays as Yeldham have created, the blood for some overshadowing a unique musical output. However this transformation is far from complete Yeldham being the Hyde to Granpa’s Jekyll, occasionally taking over his subconscious.­

Veteran experimentalist from Brooklyn NY. Over the last 25 years he has been involved in a wide range of creative activities; experimental electronic music, junk metal percussion ensembles, Balinese gamelan, sound scores for dance / theater / video / performance art, and installations. His recent sound work is focused on resonant feedback systems, objects and spaces, and Supercollider programming. Bob's work has been presented at dozens of festivals, and his discography includes an equally impressive slew of releases on RRR Records, Important Records, etc. He curates and produces music events, including the 'Ende Tymes Festival of Noise'. Before coming to NY, he ran the music/performance space the Il Corral in Los Angeles, and curated the 'Beyond Music' series and festival. He is presently working for Issue Project Room.

FillinTheGap is Ruben Brovida and Stefano Sgarbi, an Italian duo that are active in The Hague underground scene, and are closely tied to the Sonology department of the Royal Conservatory. Their music is deeply rooted in the sonic explorations with electroacoustic devices, and developed through free improv and live processing. They aim to fill gap, the unknown, the unpredictable; the gap being the unsafe, unconventional spot that may exist between two different worlds.

woensdag 23 maart 2016

Wed, March 23: VROOOM 35


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

Not a night for one trick pony-isms. Fingertapdance the evening away, Vrooom, technicolor style.

Sato Naomi is a skilled saxohonist, composer, and Sho player from Tokyo. She studied the Sho instrument (a traditional Japanese mouth organ) with Ko Ishikawa at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She has collaborated with many composers and played with numerous ensembles, and currently is the Sho player in Atlas Ensemble (Amsterdam). Moreover, Naomi gives workshops and lectures (on the ‘Contemporary music scene through Japanese traditional music’) in many academies of music and universities worldwide.

Janne Eraker is a versatile Norwegian/German tap dancer. Her work is a crossover of contemporary dance, art and all kinds of music. She has initiated the Rotterdam 'Open Dans' festival (2009 - 2013), and has recently become the recipient of a three year Norwegian Artist Grant. For Rotterdam residents with a fair amount of interest in music, Bruno hardly needs an introduction; this virtuoso bassplayer spearheads many succesful bands. As a duo, Janne and Bruno wow audiences with their unusual performance.

Bass-clarinetist / electronica player Henk Bakker (Subterraneanact) and expert knob twiddler Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) recently accepted a challenge to do a live duo improv session that was, in fact, partly rehearsed. The two hit it off like a pressure-cooker and the music was recorded and released as ‘Persistent Objects’. Tonight is basically a continuation of the project and mini record release party to boot.

Frits Jonker made a career as a comic book-letterer and has been doing this for over 25 years. He also designs posters and logos, and could be generally described as an image fetishist. One of his works is a daily fanzine of which 2000 editions were archived in book form, entitled 'Showcase'. At Vrooom Frits Jonker will present a reading about the oddities of the music world, combined with other artifacts he has collected over the years; an inexhaustable grab bag of fun facts, and pataphysics.


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

woensdag 10 februari 2016

VROOOM - UPCOMING + 'Between The Frames...'

Here's a quick rundown of upcoming VROOOM shows:

February 17:
Vrooom's READYMADE #1:
Dennis Verschoor, Jorrit Westerhof, Henk bakker, Memory stream, Hugo Costa

@ Poortgebouw - Stieltjesstraat 38, Rotterdam

April 6: PAUL DE JONG (nl / The Books) + LUCAS ABELA (au)
@ PINK PANK - Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam

@ WORM - Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam

More info to be announced.

Meanwhile, check out TOMOKO SAUVAGE, tomorrow during

: Japanese Experimental Film/Sound Marathon'
Wednesday, February 11, 2016.

Filmwerkplaats Rotterdam and Sandwich-Island present a multifaceted event of experimental film and sound from Japanese artists.
TOMOKO SAUVAGE (jp / live)
The delicate work of sound-artist Tomoko Sauvage deals with the balance between controlled and uncontrolled noise; resonating from water bowls of different sizes, and amplified with hydrophones. Sauvage has been giving performances and exhibitions in Europe, US, Canada and Japan, often as a solo artist, but also in collaboration with musicians and choreographers. Her works have been released by and/OAR (US), aposiopèse (BE), and Dokidoki editions (FR).


19.00 – 21.00
● JAPANESE EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILMS (prolific years | 1975-1980)

21.00 – 22.00
● TOMOKO SAUVAGE (live performance)

22.00 – 23.45
● FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (Toshio Matsumoto, 1969, feature film)

18.00 – 00.00 | presale: 6€ / door: 7€
Location: Worm – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam

extensive info here:

zondag 17 januari 2016

Fri, Jan 22: VROOOM 34

– BMB CON. (Justin Bennett | Wikke 't Hooft | Roelf Toxopeus)
& DJ Frederic Van de Velde.

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 | entrance: €6

Our first in 2016! Vrooom's 34th will take place at our newly found habitat PINK PANK. The place where Post-Office also have their base. It's tough not to wax lyrical about percussionist Han Bennink's first live show at Vrooom, but the rest of this bill is also the stuff of micro legends: BMB Con = one of the most mystifying sound/performance collectives from The Netherlands. Wim Langenhoff = the Philips company's former jack-of-all-trades and ex- New Electric Chamber Music Ensemble electro hippie.

Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Han Bennink first percussion instrument was a kitchen chair. He never lost his taste for coaxing sounds from unlikely objects, and is still very fond of playing chairs. Bennink was a crucial figure for the creation of a European improvised music which developed a new identity from its jazz roots. With fellow Dutch pioneers, pianist Misha Mengelberg and saxophonist Willem Breuker, he founded the musicians collective Instant Composers Pool in 1967. Oscar Jan Hoogland represents the fourth generation of Dutch improvisers in the lineage of Misha Mengelberg, Guus Janssen and Cor Fuhler; smart pianists/composers with an itch to make music that cuts across genres. Artists that don’t take themselves too seriously, but whose whimsical music has real bite and brainpower.

BMB Con. (Justin Bennett, Wikke 't Hooft en Roelf Toxopeus)
BMB Con is a longstanding performance group working with sound, image, and whatever else they get their hands on. BMB con. was formed in 1989 by Justin Bennett, Wikke 't Hooft and Roelf Toxopeus and acted mostly as a fixed trio. Since 2006 BMB con. is a collaboration between the BMB con. core duo and various individuals and groups depending on the occasion.

WIM LANGENHOFF (nl) aka Oscar Nuovo Electrico

Wim Langenhoff is an enigmatic figure; inventor & artist. He used to be the jack of all trades at the Philips compound. He invented the first Dutch D/A (Digital/Audio) convertor in 1965. As 'Oscar Nuovo Electrico' he became the driving force of the legendary New Electric Chamber Music Ensemble; a group of musicians and artists from Eindhoven that were pioneering electronic experimentation and improvision, which they started to incorporate in their 'happenings' (performances, paintings, lightshows) circa 1966. Later, Langenhoff became involved with the Instituut Voor Betaalbare Waanzin. Vrooom invites him in tribute to his inventions of whimsical contemporary electronics; the stuff that can fill up quite a few shelves in modern homes but still needed to be invented back in the day.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam

woensdag 30 december 2015

Thu, Jan 7: HIEROGLYPHIC BEING in Rotterdam

Prior to his studio time in its vintage synthesizer shack, Hieroglyphic Being will do a highly anticipated live set at Worm during a pilot of 'Discombobulated': Infusing Rotterdam's cityscape with the most unruly, adventurous, technoid music currently out there. Organised in
conjunction with Sandwich-Island
Don't miss it!

20.30 – 02.00 | presale: 8€ / door: 10€
Location: Worm – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam

Hieroglyphic Being is the alias of American techno producer Jamal R. Moss. Operating from Chicago, he naturally draws from that city’s dominant and enervating dance culture. Moss, however, looks both inwards and outwards to bring a richer, more sophisticated edge to his productions. Elusive but accessible, his music mixes elements of industrial jazz, rhythmic noise and cosmic house to dizzying effect. Jamal Moss has spent more than twenty years in the electronic underworld of Chicago and this rich experience has created his unique sound.

ASSEL (nl / anus records)
A maker of bruising, jarring techno, Assel is a promising electronica artist who caught our attention with his debut 10” vinyl (recently released on Anus Records). And just like that young (though growing) Rotterdam based label, Assel has a healthy preference for choosing untrodden sonic paths; always on the lookout for new angles to create his music from. Clone compared him to Tuff Sherm, and we might add a little Powell into the mix.

PAUL DU LAC (nl / bio rhythm)
Rotterdam based Paul du Lac started DJing in the early nineties. He became a key figure in the Dutch electronica underground; shunning the limelight to concentrate on his internationally respected Bio Rhythm record label and to craft rough jacking house/techno tracks. At the core of his output are his relentless - and highly esoteric - DJ sets; fluidly incorporating anything from mutant house, techno/electro noir and wave. We expect a more industrial / EBM-ish direction on this night.

Describing Parrish Smith can be quite a task, given the elusive nature of his music. But that's also why he finds himself as part of tonight's line up. Beginning his musical odyssey as teenage metal and rock fan, Parrish Smith gradually developed a taste for harsh sounds. In his "forbidding" but elegant DJ sets he will not look to manage expectations, but allow the tracks dictate the course (not the other way around). Stick with him until the end and you'll be in for one refreshing rush.

zondag 13 december 2015

Thu, Dec 17: VROOOM x DE PLAYER's festive end of the year shredder!

DE PLAYER and VROOOM's festive end of the year shredder. A collective happening where we'll ponder about 2016 and shed Liliputian tears over - and wave goodbyebye to - 2015.
– Goodiepal & friends
– Philipp Ernsting
– Red Brut
– Henk Bakr
– Gonçalo Almeida
– Lukas Simonis
– DJ Raging Ego

location: DE PLAYER - Hillelaan 49d, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 hrs | entrance: € 6

VROOOM's Shred-o-mat with: Philipp Ernsting, Red Brut, Henk Bakr, Gonçalo Almeida, Lukas Simonis

The (music) video 'shred' is a cultural phenomenon, arguably based on the flashy, fast metalized guitar playing (= shredding). It has taken on its own life in recent years. Artists from a wide variety of backgrounds are re-hashing and reinterpreting existing music videos and other things; spoofs of Steve Vai's smug live-in-concert noodling or reharmonizations of crazy people ranting. There's even musicless music videos; a playground for bastardized sound design. The shred can manifest itself in many different alternate takes. Together with the local artists of tonite's line up we will pick a few videos that will be tossed into the shredder for some improvised live treatment!


Goodiepal is a controversial Danish/Faroese musician/composer whose long list of antics are rooted in his oddbal artistic output. He does performances and lectures (on the future of computer music, his own compositional practices and resonance computing). From 2004 till 2008 he was the head of the electronic music department and a teacher at DIEM (Danish Institute for Electro-acoustic Music) at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark. He is the author of two books: “Radical Computer Music & Fantastisk Mediemanipulation” and “El Camino Del Hardcore – Rejsen Til Nordens Indre”. He travelled very long distances only using his home-made cabin bike named 'Kommunal Klon Komputer 2', providing electric power during concerts with the help of its dynamo system. His international tours included 150 universities. Goodiepal has given away money and most of his belongings; in 2011 he published an 'album object' containing a 500 Danish Crowns note, and sold it for 250 Danish Crowns. During the 2012 edition of the Transmediale fest, Goodiepal shipped his belongings over and subsequently gave them away; dubbed as the 'MORT AUX VACHES EKSTRA EXTRA – THE GIVE AWAY!' performance.

Tonight's show sees him joining forces with Daniel S. Bøtcher + Grøn + Nynne Roberta Pedersen Pedersen for a set described by Goodiepal himself as "Scandinavian Nordic Dreamy Synth Music". But knowing him, it will probably be much more than that!


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam