woensdag 18 mei 2016

Sat, May 28: VROOOM 38


SATURDAY MAY 28:

VROOOM #38

–– ALAN LICHT & TETUZI AKIYAMA (us/jp)
–– SEAMUS CATER (uk)
–– KOSTIS KILYMIS (gr)

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


This Vrooom will showcase the diverse talents of Alan Licht, Tetuzi Akiyama, Seamus Cater, and Kostis Kilimys. Seamus' reductionist folklore (using a 1940s duet concertina) will be a nice contrast to the more abstract string jams of Licht, Akiyama, and Kilymis' electroacoustic live set. Nuno Homem (Sidewalk bookings) will be our cool 'in between' sound plasterer.


ALAN LICHT & TETUZI AKIYAMA (us/jp)
Since the late 80s, guitarists/composers Alan Licht and Tetuzi Akiyama have followed parallel paths, blurring the boundaries between rock and experimental music. Each collaborated early on with an elder statesman of the respective New York and Tokyo noise rock scenes (Licht with Rudolph Grey, Akiyama with Keiji Haino) and went on to define their own styles in various solo and group formats. The two first played together in NY in 2002, and toured New Zealand as a trio with Oren Ambarchi in 2004, resulting in 'Willow Weep and Moan for Me' – a kind of deranged drone-blues that was an extension of Licht’s work with Loren Connors, Akiyama’s bent boogie excursions, and Ambarchi’s patented booming tones. A decade later, Licht arranged a duo recording session with Akiyama in Tokyo. The two’s shared sensibilities were still intact. Ambarchi and cornetist Rob Mazurek were contacted to provide overdubs, making for two separate trios; the results will be released by Editions Mego this spring. Expect the live duo to put the spacious feel of those recordings into overdrive.
http://alanlicht.tumblr.com/
http://www.alanlicht.com/
http://www.japanimprov.com/takiyama/

SEAMUS CATER (uk)

Born in England, son of an Essex folk singer, Seamus Cater grew up surrounded by English revivalist folk music. He studied music and moved to Amsterdam in 2000, where he submerged himself in the experimental music scene. Seamus is a writer and performer, and organises the renowned DNK concert series and the Pest House living room sessions in Amsterdam. In his music he mixes English folk, jazz, and avant-garde into a seamless, enchanting blend. His literary songwriting and experimental instrumentalism is subtle and meticulously crafted. He just released his debut album "The Three Things You Can Hear" through Nearly Not There and the Lebanese Annihaya Records.
http://www.seacater.com/

KOSTIS KILYMIS (gr)
Kostis Kilymis is a Greek musician based in London. His electroacoustic music focuses on repetition, noise, immersive environments, and the relationship of sound with space. His live sets combine rhythm, field recordings and synthesised sound, reprocessed through the mixing board and microphone feedback; taking on aspects of the environment in which they are performed.
http://www.kostiskilymis.com/

Before, after, and in between the acts: Rotterdam via Aveiro / Portugal resident Nuno Homem will do a digital music selection for us. He runs the cool Sidewalk booking agency (The Space Lady, Tsembla, Ensemble Economique, Growing, etc.).
http://sidewalkbookings.blogspot.nl/
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Alan Licht & Tetuzi Akiyama are brought to you in collaboration with SoundinMotion / Oorstof.

maandag 25 april 2016

Sat, April 30: VROOOM 37






















SATURDAY, 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
https://www.facebook.com/events/1544945055833502/
http://www.worm.org/home/view/event/62560


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.
http://www.josephinefoster.info/
http://josephinefoster.bandcamp.com/

STRANDED HORSE (fr/sn)
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.
http://www.strandedhorse.com/

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

donderdag 31 maart 2016

Wed, April 6: VROOOM 36




















WEDNESDAY, APRIL 06:

VROOOM #36
with:
– LUCAS ‘GRANPA’ ABELA (au)
– BOB BELLERUE (us)
– FILLINTHEGAP (it/nl)


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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1097593303613787/


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!

LUCAS ‘GRANPA’ ABELA (au)
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.­
http://dualplover.com/yeldham/

BOB BELLERUE (us)
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.
http://bobbellerue.net/

FILLINTHEGAP (it/nl)
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.
http://www.fillinthegap.tk/

woensdag 23 maart 2016

Wed, March 23: VROOOM 35













VROOOM #35
with:
– FRITS JONKER (nl)
– JANNE ERAKER / BRUNO FERRO XAVIER DA SILVA (nl)
– SATO NAOMI (jp)
– MACHINEFABRIEK / SUBTERRANEANACT (nl)

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1702119436667253/


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

SATO NAOMI (jp)
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.
www.sato-naomi.com

JANNE ERAKER / BRUNO FERRO XAVIER DA SILVA (nl)
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.
http://janneeraker.com/
http://www.brunoferroxavierdasilva.com/

MACHINEFABRIEK / SUBTERRANEANACT (nl)
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.
http://www.hekvibes.com/
http://www.machinefabriek.nu/

FRITS JONKER (nl)
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.
http://showcase.thebluebus.nl/


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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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1707409376212790/

April 6: PAUL DE JONG (nl / The Books) + LUCAS ABELA (au)
@ PINK PANK - Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
https://www.facebook.com/events/1097593303613787/

April 30: JOSEPHINE FOSTER (us) + STRANDED HORSE (fr)
@ WORM - Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
https://www.facebook.com/events/1544945055833502/

More info to be announced.

Meanwhile, check out TOMOKO SAUVAGE, tomorrow during
:

'BETWEEN THE FRAMES
: 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).

FULL PROGRAMME:

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)

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


extensive info here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/915415275239718/
http://www.worm.org/home/view/event/37862

zondag 17 januari 2016

Fri, Jan 22: VROOOM 34































VROOOM #34
with:
– HAN BENNINK & OSCAR JAN HOOGLAND
– BMB CON. (Justin Bennett | Wikke 't Hooft | Roelf Toxopeus)
– WIM LANGENHOFF
& DJ Frederic Van de Velde.


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

https://www.facebook.com/events/1497857507187088/


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.

HAN BENNINK & OSCAR JAN HOOGLAND (nl)
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.
http://www.hanbennink.com/
http://oscarjanhoogland.com/

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.
http://www.bmbcon.demon.nl/con/

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.

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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

https://www.facebook.com/events/916359428450786/
http://www.worm.org/home/view/event/53140

HIEROGLYPHIC BEING (us)- Live
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.
https://soundcloud.com/somuchnoise2beheard
http://mathematicsrecordings.blogspot.nl/

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.
https://soundcloud.com/assel83-1

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.
https://www.facebook.com/pauldulac010

PARRISH SMITH (nl)
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.
https://soundcloud.com/parrishsmith